Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Kyu, Jun 25, 2008.
For 300 bucks or less this is amazing.
Yes it is.
Finally a market again.
Wonder what NV will do, all its partners are already in a mass amount of debt. Even if NV themselves is swimming in money, all of its distributors could be bankrupt very soon. Which, is kinda disturbing considering the fact NV just owned the market for 7 months.
Now, I want a card which would actually be worth a $300 upgrade from my 2x8800 gts 320 in sli.
So far, I don't see one.
I actually wish i could find a chart that compares them directly, but I haven't been able to find one.
I am ready for a single card solution again.
So your post has me asking a lot of noob questions for which I apologize.
Why would nVidia distributors be having financial woes? Did I miss something?
Moreso, isnt' DX10.1 supposed to be a game-changer? I forget whether it was a shift to or from vector-based scaling, but I seem to recall that the breakthrough meant that you could have lower heat per GPU and therefore get us back to theoretically a single GPU or even pure CPU solution.
Now I realize that in saying all that, I was just recalling a half-remembered conversation with a guy much more technical than myself. I'm not ashamed, but I am curious and willing to be set straight, er corrected.
Well, NV's distributors aren't all in trouble. But, basically the ones that are, which aren't usually mentioned in the articles I read, take loans from NV itself in form of products etc. Well I guess lately, especially with the cut prices on video cards right now, the distributors bought the video cards for a price higher or right at what they are selling them for. Which doesn't make for good profits. I don't know everything just bits from reading articles. But, basically all there debt is owed to NV so its not like there debt is gonna be called in any time soon. Because, that would in turn hurt NV.
And 10.1 WOULD be a deal breaker, except NV has so many game studios under there influence that people really haven't announced games for 10.1, because NV's cards dont support 10.1, also how many dx10 games exist?
Well, what Nvidia has done is... releasing the GTX 280 and 260, pricecutting the 9800GTX to 200 or so USD, and also announcing the 9800GTX+ (Basically an overclocked GTX)
Oh and also release PhysX drivers for a couple of 9series cards
And it seems retailers are getting rid of their (now overpriced) Nvidia cards first before slashing their prices, so I doubt a whole lot will happen to Nvidia's distributors
On that note, NGO has modified the NV PhysX layer to work on ATI cards.
Ah, gotcha. Thanks all for the synopsis. I think I'm up to speed.
And two 4850 in crossfire give you the power of a GF280 for half the price.
More interested in 4870x2. Supposedly doesn't use crossfire and should scale to about 1.8. I still try to avoid multi-gpu setups since they're often more hassle than they're worth.
Thanks to the new Raedons, nVidia has started dropping the prices of their GTX200 series. 280s on newegg are now going for 499-530 for non-oveclocked models(Rumors are that the cards might be as low as 399 by August). Word has it that the 260s might start going as low as 250-300.
This competition = epic fucking win.
EpyonNext: I hate to break it to you but as far as I know those are launch prices for the 200 series
That would be incorrect Kill. The 280 launched with an MSRP of 650 USD and the 260 launched with an MSRP of 450 USD. Right now, it's roughly a 150 USD price cut across the board.
I wish I had need for a new graphics card. Maybe I should overclock my 8800GT to death.