Originally Posted by DarthBeavis
I wish I could comment but NDA will now allow it. Let's just say what is around corner will put Nvidia ahead . . . and it will go beyond what ANYONE here has said.
DB... I have no doubt that what nVidia has up their sleeve will be *very* impressive. nVidia's king and ruler is very competitive I'm certain they have not been sitting by idly.
However, they have been absent in the market for a *very* long time.
Their GPU is considerably larger than ATi's, it's yeilds are considerably lower, it consumes more power and thusly produces more heat (all this going off of what is currently available).
If the "rumored" specs are inaccurate then that leaves the door wide open for possibilities. But if there's truth to these specs, then nVidia's card could offer the cure to cancer- but if it can't be priced competitively against what AMD has to offer it wont sell in competitive quantities.
Even if a GTX380 is 50% faster than a 5870- that's roughly the performance of a single 5970. ATi still has their refresh to put out which could easily compete with those performance levels via a lower price.
You cannot look at the raw performance of the card and negate it's price. Not everybody is as wealthy or has as easy access to this hardware as you do. If the GTX380 is 50% faster than the 5870, and the 5890 is only 25% behind the GTX380 in cost while being $100+ less expensive- people will opt for the 5970.
Furthermore, even if nVidia sold these chips $1 above costs... by the time ATi has their next generation out later this year nVidia just might have cought up to what they lost.
Furthermore, how can you be so confident in nVidia's offering... do you have access to what AMD is offering next? Are you under NDA for both nVidia and AMD? I mean, in order for you to be so confident you'd *have* to know what each company has planned for the coming months.
I mean, other wise, if you're merely operating off of assumption then wouldn't you find that to be a bit of a gamble and rather ignorant? I mean, the 5870 is substantially faster than the 4870. The 4890 was a considerable improvement over the 4870 considering what it was (a refresh)- what's to say AMD can't do one even better with the 5890?
There's far too many variables IMO. If all you know of is what nVidia has in store without knowing what AMD has in store, it seems to me you're pre-maturely jumping to conclusions.