Originally Posted by Rollo
ATi fans always want people to think ATi is a big player in the market, and that whenever ATi releases a new card "NVIDIA is doomed!"
And then when the dust settles after all this ATi p3wning, we see that ATi is just a bit player in the market (like their owner AMD):
So after 9 months of supposed ATi "triumph" due to GTX2XXs being "too hot, too expensive" and "WTF?! Rebrand!", NVIDIA cards were still outselling ATi cards over 2:1.
And then of course there was Q4 2009, where even though ATi had good supply of DX11 parts, 5770 and below, sporadic good supplies of 5850/5870s, and highly competive DX10.1 products, they lost discrete marketshare again.
So it looks like no matter WHAT ATi does, people don't seem to care.
My theory is this is why we see people like you on the forums working so long and hard to prop up ATi and post FUD about NVIDIA. It's all they can do. Now after Fermis launch we'll surely be treated to "But ...but..they cost more to make! I want a chip that's efficient to manufacture!" or "But they cost too much! Radeons are a darn good deal".
While this lament goes on, NVIDIA will dominate the market as usual.
I'll keep this short and to the point:
1:ATI sells 35 million GPU's a year on average.
2:ATI has been in business for over 25 years now,even well before Nvidia actually existed as a company,or released their first GPU,the NV1,which supported quadratic patches,while other companies supported polygon based rendering,and making that choice to go to quadratic patches btw,nearly bankrupted them.
The only other companies that old,that are still in business are matrox and S3 basically...Something to keep in mind.