Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562
the thing that gets me and what seems to be overlooked is that these cards--whenever they will be released--are NOT primarily graphics cards, but GPGPU cards. nVidia has acknowledged this from day one.
to further my point, nVidia DOES NOT have to make a part that is faster than ati's as far as graphics performance is concerned. they have to make a part that is on par with ati for graphics performance. remember, these are primarily GPGPU cards--so the area where these cards need to shine is GPGPU (duh!). they need their cards to blast ati when it comes to video, audio, and photo rendering/encoding (and other GPGPU related tasks). i believe i read that kaspersky (i think) had made their antivirus product to use GPU acceleration for the scans. obviously, any application that can be juiced up by use of the GPU is what nVidia is looking to blast ati out the water in.
i'm an ati guy (not fanboy)... nVidia has stated that their vision goes beyond just graphics. and think about it for a sec--for those who have very high end processors that can, say, knock out a kaspersky virus scan (using the example from above) in mere minutes, can have that time cut in half to two-thirds--who wouldn't want that? or a dvd rip and encode that would take 25 minutes total, cut in half to two-thirds.
i'm not jumping ship, just looking at the big(ger) picture. and as in my previous post, i'm not looking to upgrade anytime soon (maybe not until the radeon hd 6780--unless mine break first)