Originally Posted by EastCoast
Now this makes sense. Gone are the days of "on mass" spending $400+ for a video card. Take note of current trends out there. For example, AMD has never been king of the hill as the best performing single gpu card out there in some time now. Lets look at it:
none have beaten nvidia as fastest single GPU, never! But why are people still buying AMD? Simple, price vs performance is much more inline to people's expectations. Sure, they don't have "bragging" rights but when push comes to shove AMD use their dual gpu solutions to take the crown. Something that their competitor has had trouble competing against.
So why is it they are gaining market share and taking marketshare away from nvidia? Because the perception of "paying for fastest video card" is greatly diminished. Regardless if price is a factor or not.
As for the drivers. The work just fine and no worst then their competitor's drivers. Both have had thier ups and downs. But I do like the fact they've added features like:
No matter how you slice it, more features are good thing
. Specially when they are working as they should.
Oh and here is some proof
of what I posted.
Intel's loss was to both AMD and Nvidia's gain though as the former reached 24.2% (23% in Q3) and the latter topped 22.5% (21%).
So like I said before, the perception of most regarding the most expensive card(s) has greatly diminished and is no longer a determining factor like it use to because it simply not needed.Edited by EastCoast - 2/1/11 at 10:25am