Originally Posted by JackCY
This is fairly normal behavior on manufacturer sponsored reviews, they will only include what the sample provider suggest them to. They are too scared to lose samples, will sign any NDA with what ever ridiculous requirements as otherwise they would have to learn to source hardware from retail with their money.
They kind of need to start realising that at least a portion of the market is sick of them for exactly that reason though. There's a massive gap in the market for a reviewer that does things properly...I know I'd wait even a month post-launch (even if I was in the market and had the cash ready to buy) if I knew that I'd get an extensive review of a retail boxed product (That was actually bought as though they were a customer) compared to other things on the market mainly from a "bang for buck" perspective especially with how often a "post launch review" (Or video/article/whatever) comes out pointing out something that the reviewers all missed anyway.
That's also why I think GamersNexus and AdoredTV have such a following, because they tend to look in depth at this stuff.
Originally Posted by JackCY
Buying any of these 12nm RTX GPUs is not worth it IMHO as an upgrade and people are better off waiting for 7nm and new architectures. Even for new purchase it offers barely anything over previous generation at all.
Nvidia has always invested crap ton of money to have control over "reviewers"/news/advertisers and also game developers to optimize their game engines for GeForce cards. Same thing is going on with Intel for ages. Except that with Intel even reviewers are getting fed up after decade of no progress, raising prices, awful availability, ignoring known security issues for over 2 decades, ... You got the money, you can buy many of these "reviewers"/advertisers/news and also send developers to companies that create software which uses your hardware. On top of that create lock down proprietary features and APIs to lock everyone down to your ecosystem, bye bye competition. These giant corporations should have been broken down long ago but no they are constantly allowed to buy any potential small competitor instead.
Agreed. I think the RTX series is a wholesale ripoff, honestly. RTX is cool but not worth a AU$800 price increase over their previous Ti model with that kind of performance gain. But they can get away with it because they've had great PR.
It's not just the PR though, Intel has nearly always done this kind of shady crap...Remember when they were using bundles and the like to get OEMs to buy the P4 over the A64? They did the same thing way back into the 80s which is why UMC, Opti or VLSI disappeared from the chipset business despite having great products for the 386 and 486 and Intel's chipset division being mediocre at best around then. It's one of the many reasons why I'm going to go out of my way to make sure that this 3770k is the last Intel chip I run in my main desktop regardless of performance and the like. Good performance only counts for so much of a good experience with a product and the artificial limitations Intel imposes on their chips (eg. Some of the locked out features and the incompatible CPU sockets) really made the 3770k feel a lot..well, worse than it could have been for me.
It's like Hulk Hogan and the world of wrestling in my opinion, sure, he's done a load of good for it and the world wouldn't be the same if that hadn't happened but that's more than balanced by the bad stuff and negative effects those have on the industry as a whole over the years. (Note that I'm not including nVidia in that...They're shadier than AMD but not anywhere as bad as Intel is.)