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Old 04-02-10, 08:07 AM   #7
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Default Re: A little disappointed in Nvidia

Originally Posted by snowmanwithahat View Post
Here's the thing... Nvidia's design is going after a whole different area than the 5870's

Fast in traditional games
low power consumption
low heat output

Great dx11 and tesselation performance (heaven benchmark shows this)
Great double precision floating point performance (doesn't mean much for gamers...)
Far greater raw computational power compared to ATI's offering... I can guarantee if you used Folding @ Home a gtx 480 would by far beat a 5870

You need to step back and look at things in the way the companys are looking at them. Nvidia is focusing on absolute power, which has yet to be completely realized in games. ATI on the otherhand is going right to the consumer with a product that games well.... but there's a reason stream performance has been so bad compared to CUDA. When things start getting implemented with OpenCL we'll see the true power of ati and nvidia cards.
I totally agree. Thanks.

I understand that getting water from a rock or playing Video Games on an nViDIA Quadro are kind of part of the understanding of what is going on with the GTX480/Fermi. (I'm sort of being silly for a reason; which is, to save words.)

But you've brought up another recent curiosity of mine, snowmanwithahat!

The Untapped Power of the GTX480?

Any previous series of nVIDIA cards I wouldn't have contemplated it.

But with the architecture of the Fermi series, maybe there is something Untapped, that could boost gaming performance. Is nVIDIA hiding something? (Maybe the production shortage or slowdown problems could have been used as incentive to scale back the GTX480 performance initially via their drivers only to be unveiled later on for the commercial sales promotion as a result of how the News of the Untapping via drivers would bring when production was increased? Yes, I'm being silly but! The questions still come up just the same.)
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