Originally Posted by mdm-adph
Boys, boys -- settle down.
Gaming enthusiasts aren't the "consumer" I was talking about this time -- I'm sure the industrial and scientific worlds can always benefit from faster processing cores, no matter what the price, especially when it comes to research into finding cures for diseases (where fast GPU's are now making a big impact).
They'll always be a market for something faster.
Oooh, then it's even worse. The percentage of corporate consumers that require a high end GPUs is even smaller than the uber enthusiast gamer market. And the percentage of those willing to spend more money is even smaller. And the number of those willing to be the first ones to invest in new solutions is even smaller. And.. (sorry
Enthusiasts often decide to spend more money in order to have something a little bit better. Few people in the corporate arena do the same. Of course there are some esceptions, but are very rare.
Anyway your comment was a bit off then, because if Nvidia has been doing something in the recent times, is to improve the support for that corporative market you mention. Making a faster GPU can't help that market when you have not still tuned the ones you already have. They needed to deliver the proper software and support (to companies, coders, etc.) for the hardware they already had. Now that they already have a working and "complete API" (needs a lot of work still, even though it is the best GPGPU solution out there right now) they can focus more on the hardware side again.
Anyway I had the impresion Ati's FireStream was a good competing product, even though Tesla seems to be more successful and complete solution, mostly thanks to CUDA.