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    You don't really need Ampere or Big Navi... UNLESS! (Display tech post)

    Use whatever you want and makes you happy. People here are enthusiasts, and not everyone has the same priorities. Case in point: I could easily spend $5K on a Asus PA32UCX-PK miniled monitor. Heck, I could buy several if I wanted to right now. Instead, I only finally upgraded to a 27 1440p 100hz...
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    If Navi matches 3080 in Raster performance but not Ray Tracing... will we care?

    There’s a sizable difference this time though: in previous years, the software was completely different in the consoles and so the hardware was used differently. DXR runs on fixed hardware built for that purpose, so those accelerators should be very similar if not equal on consoles and pc. For...
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    **The state of GPU's and their purchasability** This is a rant post, anyone else agree with me AFTER you read this?

    Yup! That and preordering unproven products, the cancer of this market.
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    What was your 1st 3D video card ?

    A Voodoo Banshee in 1999, with which I played my first 3D accelerated game: Tomb raider - The last revelation. It's ironic, because it was an authentic revelation for me to play a game at 640x480 in what must have been somewhere between 30-60fps. Measuring FPS wasn't anywhere near my radar back...
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    **The state of GPU's and their purchasability** This is a rant post, anyone else agree with me AFTER you read this?

    When Pascal was released I changed my strategy, precisely because of this: overpriced cards at launch, months to get them at MSRP, and games that ship in a half broken state (remember assassin’s creed unity anyone?). Since then, I’ve switched to buying $200-300 cards more often instead of...
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    The 970 is still a capable card? Heresy

    Ha, I'm still on a 1060 3gb, which is probably similar to a 970 if perhaps a bit better, and run everything just fine at 1080p as long as I don't overwhelm the VRAM with high textures. Looking forward to upgrade in the spring with either AMD or Nvidia, but so far I'm not too lacking in power!
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    AMD RDNA 2 gets ray tracing

    According to the latest "whispers" going around, seems like AMD might actually give us even more VRAM: Given the other rumors of higher VRAM GPU versions by nVidia, I'm inclined to believe these are probably accurate. Having more VRAM, if it's for the same or similar price, might win me...
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    AMD RDNA 2 gets ray tracing

    Aaaaah, apologies, I misunderstood what was being said. Yes, indeed something like VK_NV_ray_tracing was added to the API, and that is indeed something Nvidia would distribute via drivers. I guess I don't think about that as an "extension" anymore, I just think of it as one more API (isn't that...
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    AMD RDNA 2 gets ray tracing

    Uh... no? That's what happened in the 90s, there's a reason we have "universal" (more or less) APIs now. API = application programming interface, the "path" through which hardware interfaces with an application by being programmed in a specific way. Whatever proprietary libraries anyone wants to...
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    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    Oh buddy. That is the understatement of the century (as in, the past 20 years :D). Everybody is angry about everything. It's why I post less here, and I'm virtually done with social media. "It's going to perform better!" "No, it's not!" "You should wait to see what RDNA2 does!" "Waiting is...
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    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    We actually agree on many points, but we are focusing on different things - I don't mean to criticize your preferences at all. Much of it comes down to what each of us is sensitive to, visually. After 1440p I'm more sensitive to movement than I am to even more detail, so I choose my hardware...
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    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    There's no one perfect monitor, eh? Everything's a compromise. At least both Ampere and RDNA 2 will support the high speed and VRR. HDMI 2.1 is guaranteed, not sure that they'd also have DP2? I don't think Nvidia mentioned this, though I might be wrong. AMD definitely hasn't said anything on DP2...
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    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    Oh hey, assumptions ;). My main monitor is 1440p 27". I've used 4K monitors before and ended up selling them - mainly because I was tired of 60hz. I know what good dpi looks like on 27-32" 4K, and while it's fine, I don't think it should be the absolute goal, like many are making it. Again, see...
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    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    2 words: diminishing returns. Going from 240p to 480p meant jumping from a measly 76800 pixels to 307200. Going from 1080p to 4K implies going from 2073600 pixels to 6782400. Once you're already at 2 million pixels, sure, things can look better, but they don't look bad at all. Even if you more...
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    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    I fundamentally disagree with that statement. The numbers of pixels rendered or the speed at which they're rendered isn't what qualifies a graphics generation. The quality of the pixels, of the worlds, of the gaming experience is what implies an advancement noticeable enough to be considered...
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