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  1. euskalzabe

    Where Gaming Begins: Ep. 2 | AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards - 11am CDT 10/28/20

    Oof. 6900XT trading blows with the 3090 for $500 less. It's going to be interesting to see how Nvidia reacts.
  2. euskalzabe

    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...
  3. euskalzabe

    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...
  4. euskalzabe

    **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.
  5. euskalzabe

    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...
  6. euskalzabe

    **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...
  7. euskalzabe

    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!
  8. euskalzabe

    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...
  9. euskalzabe

    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...
  10. euskalzabe

    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...
  11. euskalzabe

    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...
  12. euskalzabe

    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...
  13. euskalzabe

    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...
  14. euskalzabe

    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...
  15. euskalzabe

    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...
  16. euskalzabe

    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...
  17. euskalzabe

    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    A) you don’t know that, and we know so little you can’t even make an educated guess B) a gpu will always perform better when not constrained by console thermal C) I’d expect 2060 like performance at $200-250, and 2070 like levels at $350. Depending on what you’re playing, that’ll get you 120fps...
  18. euskalzabe

    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    Now that the Xbox series S is official for $300, if you want next-gen performance at 1080p-1440p, it's certainly quite a good idea to wait. If that's the price you pay, I'd figure there's a $200 GPU in PC equivalent terms.
  19. euskalzabe

    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    I’ve been trying to get my husband to switch to pc gaming for years. He plays civilization games on consoles, and I’ve tried to build him an awesome 4K60 rig so he could play those at perfect quality. Instead he insists on playing on switch now, connected to the tv. I don’t get it, it looks like...
  20. euskalzabe

    So buy Ampere or wait for AMD response?

    If you're satisfied with the 3080 or the 3090 performance/price wise, I'd say go for it. So far, we have no reason to believe AMD will be able to counter those options - I do hope they can, for the sake of competition, but there's been no indication of this so far. The actually interesting...
  21. euskalzabe

    Nvidia 3000 Series pricing and specs

    Well they bought a Gen 1.0 product... if they didn't know this was obviously going to happen, that's on them. Even this Gen 2.0 will be surpassed seriously by Gen 3.0 raytracing cards. At least with Gen 2.0 now we get decent performance, unlike with Gen 1.0.
  22. euskalzabe

    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    Is anybody really surprised? Realistically, we won't be able to get any of these GPUs until December, at least not anywhere close to MSRP. Especially when the performance is this much higher than the current generation, yeah, supply is going to be nowhere near demand. Cue price inflation for 2-3...
  23. euskalzabe

    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    Uhm... it's based on Microsoft DirectStorage, which is what all XBSX games will use to move data around the system. So it's not an "if" it will happen. It is happening the moment XBSX is released. Nvidia so far has been the first to acknowledge that they're accelerating it through their GPUs so...
  24. euskalzabe

    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    I don wonder why everyone is talking about performance, and I've barely heard a peep about RTX IO. Maybe I'm the only one, but this was the most groundbreaking feature in today's presentation for me. This is literally what will bring PS5/XBSX-like SSD performance to the PC. So far, I have heard...
  25. euskalzabe

    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    Oh absolutely. What they did on the same node was insane. That doesn’t change that there’s a sizable part of the market that felt Turing wasn’t necessarily worth it. Jensen basically acknowledged as much when he explained the Pascal gains, and then literally told those of us in that group “it’s...
  26. euskalzabe

    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I did not mean people complaining on forums, there are many forms for people to complain against a product. I was thinking of the vast amount of people with Pascal cards that saw the new RTX range and thought, meh, barely any DXR games at this point, no rush...
  27. euskalzabe

    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    Well that wasn't half bad. RTX 3080 for $699 and RTX 3070 for $499 (I don't really care about the 3090, a monster GPU at a monster price). For the 3070, better than 2080 Ti performance. Still too expensive for what I'd buy, but I guess the 3060 will be 2080 performance for $349-399, and the...
  28. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    We're in the same boat. Hopefully $300 doesn't relegate us to a GTX range... because I'll jump to a DXR enabled AMD card at that price bracket faster than you can say Radeon. DLSS is very tempting, but other than that, I kinda miss my 480. I had to sell it in the crypto bubble, it was stupid not...
  29. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    LOL: https://wccftech.com/nvidia-rtx-3000-series-rumored-pricing-rtx-3090-for-1399-rtx-3080-for-799-rtx-3070-for-599-and-rtx-3060-for-399/ Long story short: RTX 3090 for $1399 RTX 3080 for $799 RTX 3070 for $599 RTX 3060 for $399 Not that I trust WCCFTech, but if these prices materialize and...
  30. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    Agreed. This has been the assumption for many years, but AMD seem to have abandoned the strategy. And why shouldn't they - being the $200 leader since the 480 days hasn't brought any meaningful improvement to their market share. If they're not going to sell significantly more for being the...
  31. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    I fear the same. I was able to hold off with my 1060 on the Turing release, I don't have that luxury anymore, I've started to feel the weight of new games on my gaming sessions. Completely true. It's training consumers to get used to X or Y pricing. In part, it's completely foreseeable: I...
  32. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    With a die shrink to 7 or 8nm, plus a new architecture, I'd certainly expect more than 2080 performance from a 2070 price card (the $500 you suggested). 2080 performance for 2060 money ($300-350) is hardly a stretch. If they can't deliver that with this big a technological jump and 2 years in...
  33. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    The 3090 halo product will be interesting. I'm always surprised at how much money a minority of buyers pay. I'm mostly interested in what we'll get for $300. If I can get 2080 performance for that price... it's a buy from me. I cannot imagine spending $500 (about the cost of the rest of my PC...
  34. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    I did read that backwards 🤷‍♂️ I still don’t see as much planning as you see here... then again come to think of it I no longer remember why we keep debating this. Who gives a damn where the cards are made, I just want a good card at a competitive price.
  35. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    Seems like you're taking what I'm saying to the limit. Nvidia isn't cutting TSMC off, TSMC doesn't care, they have plenty of other people to manufacture for on 7nm. It's quite likely that Nvidia just went for Samsung just because they could negotiate a lower price, and that's simply a good...
  36. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    Ages = 2 years ago, aka when TSMC began taking contracts for volume 7nm in 2020. Just because it didn’t happen recently (impossible considering gpu product schedules) doesn’t mean other players didn’t push out nvidia when it happened. Most likely they wanted to secure a price and TSMC said no...
  37. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    I have already explained that, but I guess I’ll have to quote myself:
  38. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    I don't. I assume it was a sensible business practice to find a solution to their problem. Was this switch planned? Yes, otherwise they'd be grossly incompetent, and they're too effective a company for that. But I don't believe this was a voluntary change in any way. And it's OK Snowdog . We...
  39. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    No, I don't mean that. Let's not distort reality (or my words). Are people bringing rumors out of their asses? Yes. Does it make sense for Nvidia to suddenly jump manufacturer ship after 20 years of a dedicated business relationship with TSMC? No. I'm sure you know, these relationships with...
  40. euskalzabe

    Guess the price of 24GB RTX 3090 FE

    Thats certainly not what the available information suggests. It seems like nvidia attempted a power play with TSMC, that strategy failed, and they had to find a way out in Samsung. I very much doubt they’d suddenly switch manufacturers after so many years of TSMC leading global production in...
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