Originally Posted by magnek
If you're not taking advantage of the Quadro exclusive features, then it's not really offering any benefit over a GeForce part is it? My stance on that hasn't changed. Yes a professional could take advantage of an unlocked Quadro which I never disputed, but even an enthusiast gamer would be wasting money buying a Quadro when they could put that money towards a second card and doing a platform upgrade.
Btw you realize how specialized a Quadro's professional advantages are right? In fact it used to be that you could soft mod
a GeForce to Quadro, and while the mod wasn't perfect, it had enough of an effect that nVidia decided to lock the GeForce parts at the hardware level. And that's when hard mods started popping up as well. Granted none of the GeFore parts have ECC memory like some of the Quadro cards do, but it just goes to show the whole Quadro/GeForce segmentation is largely artificial in order to protect their margins.
Again, the benefit is that by supporting Quadro SLi on a homebuilt system, the card can be used as a professional card when a professional card is required and still game using SLi when desired. This way, one doesn't have to purchase a separate gaming system and professional workstation.
Right, but by your own standards the new Titan X would still be a weaker and crappier part. We also didn't know Intel had any firm public plans on releasing the 6950X until maybe about a month before release (yes we had rumors long before that, but they were just that, rumors).
You weren't aware, nor was there definitive public knowledge. This does NOT mean that there weren't people in the know. I knew it was coming. Also, when you look at the parts being produced on the Xeon side, it's not hard to be an advocate to see more of those parts on the consumer side or to have them unlocked.
Like I said, that would only be the case if those "some people" are prominent figures, have great clout or present really good PR value to Intel. Again, do you really think Intel would alter their product stack because of a handful of vocal computer enthusiasts who are otherwise unknown to the world?
When the "vocal enthusiasts" communicate their feedback in a thoughtful and insightful way to the right
people in Intel, it's often considered, regardless of the person's "standing". You questioned whether "Intel would alter their product stack because of a handful of vocal computer enthusiasts"? The answer is yes....the proof is the i7-6950X. They actually really didn't change much...just added a SKU to the top of the stack to see how well such a chip would sell. Everything else in the SKU stack is largely unchanged.
Because locking down the top SKU allows Intel full control over just how much performance it wants to hand out for the future chip. I mean really, can you think of a non-business related reason why they'd not unlock the top SKU?
Sure, but even if the top chips were unlocked, people would still upgrade to future chips. With Socket 3647 supporting high power chips, I think we'll see some higher TDP (aka pre-overclocked) chips hit the market. Either unlocked or uprated TDP, I don't care how they get there. All I want is Intel's best running at it's full potential....