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Old 03-22-12, 03:22 PM   #61
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He'd be the first person here touting he was right.
Yea, and who wouldn't do the same? Are we making observations on human nature or talking about the sweet new 680 here?
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so were are the two resident ATI promoters/"employees" saying that this product sucks.

I guess we will see them again when ATi releases new product.
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Old 03-22-12, 03:36 PM   #63
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wait, will this support directx 11.1?
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Old 03-22-12, 03:44 PM   #64
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I can't shake the feeling that this is just a midrange card that turned out really good. At high resolutions, the card only matches the 7970 - that's lame and simply not good enough for the highest end single GPU card from nV. That's not what I consider high end.

But this will be a home run for nV, no doubt. Best in class features and now also very efficient.

Personally, I don't care about the TDP of a desktop card. What matters are features and performance and I'm not happy with the Surround performance. Features on the other hand are brilliant. Maybe things will change once 4GB models with the reference cooler are available, otherwise I'm not interested at all in this card. 2GB is a joke!

Something doesn't add up here for me. It doesn't seem like a no-compromise-high-end offering
I feel the same way too now. I feel like NVIDIA is holding out on us purely because they know they only need to do so much for now to compete with AMD, and are avoiding playing their best cards until the future. I want the rumored big Kepler.
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I feel the same way too now. I feel like NVIDIA is holding out on us purely because they know they only need to do so much for now to compete with AMD, and are avoiding playing their best cards until the future. I want the rumored big Kepler.
That has never happened in the past. It never stopped one in the past from totally demolishing the other. Both companies have always released what they have at the time.
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of course it can
Well, maybe I should have said...will a i7 Bloomfield be a bottleneck for a GTX 680? It'll be nearly 2 revisions back when Ivy Bridge comes.
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Well, the higher the resolution, the closer the 680 and the 7970 get. That's not good performance in my book.
It is $50 cheaper and uses a tad less power.

Honestly, both the 680 and 7970 didn't deliver anything impressive this round.
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That has never happened in the past. It never stopped one in the past from totally demolishing the other. Both companies have always released what they have at the time.
I'm not saying that NVIDIA has GK110 completed and ready and just waiting to push the release button when AMD releases their refresh. Maybe they are still having yield issues with the big chip and decided to counter now with a smaller one rather than having a Fermi redux and another half year or greater lag behind the competition. It's just that many of the reviews are already discussing the larger chip, and rumors point to a release later this year. Just makes the 680 a tough sell for me at this time at its price point.
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Old 03-22-12, 04:11 PM   #69
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This release is just the last piece of a truly horrible upgrade year all around.

SNB-E/X79 was the biggest disappointment in years, then AMD had something decent but their drivers are tricky (yours excluded ) and then this midrange card with the $500 price tag from nV...

At least the AMD card is better suited for Surround gaming. It doesn't cave in as much as the 680 does. Price and efficiency shouldn't matter in the highend segment!
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GTX 8800 -> GTX 280 = +100%~
GTX 280 -> GTX 580 = +100%~
GTX 580 -> GTX 680 = +35%~

3870 -> 4870 = +100%~
4870 -> 6970 = +100%~
6970 -> 7970 = +45%~
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Old 03-22-12, 04:16 PM   #71
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slawter and Roadhog agreeing?

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Old 03-22-12, 04:18 PM   #72
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GTX 8800 -> GTX 280 = +100%~
GTX 280 -> GTX 580 = +100%~
GTX 580 -> GTX 680 = +35%~

3870 -> 4870 = +100%~
4870 -> 6970 = +100%~
6970 -> 7970 = +45%~
It seems like hardware is starting to be hindered by the software (i.e. drivers). ATI drivers are weak. Nvidia found a clever solution for increasing clock speed that won it the round. I like GPU boost a lot, it's a good idea. I'm curious to see its implementation though in people's poorly ventilated machines and with cards with poorer ASIC quality (i.e. lower OC potential).

In theory, there's no reason ATI couldn't do a similar GPU boost for the 7970. Time will tell. Either way, drivers on both sides need work.
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