Now all I have to do it figure out what I'm going to do with the extra $150 I'm going to be saving by getting a 4870 while maintaining the same real world performance...
And who says AMD isn't spending money on R&D, lets compare what's happening this generation...
-Implementing DX 10.1
-Making advances in power consumption
-Making use of new technologies (GDDR5, DisplayPort)
-Perfecting smaller manufacturing processes (55nm)
-Making noticeable advances in Crossfire, including using onboard to boost the discreet (nVidia is doing this too, but only after AMD announced it )
-Increasing size, cost, and heat for the sake of performance
-Using the same technology they've had since 2006
-Paying video game developers to optimize games for their cards
-Buying out smaller companies to try and make use of their technology
R&D isn't just about making things faster. I remember a quote from Civilization 4, when you research engineering:
All nVidia is doing is just adding more and more. Eventually everything will come crashing down, and when it does, the seemingly meaningless advances ATI is making now will put nVidia in a massive hole as they will have to start from square one researching things that ATI has already seamlessly integrated.
it's one thing to root for ATI but to decide on purchases before the performance is even known is pretty dense.
Edited by bionh - 5/30/08 at 3:32pm