Originally Posted by HumanSmoke
Yes, seems AMD are on the ball...at least with graphics.
A couple of points:
1.Launch is good. Retail availability is better.
Yeah, time will tell how much of a paper launch this will be. It's quite normal for me to ahve to wait about 3 months before being able to buy cards locally. It seems Bioware is good at snapping up new hardware locally.
2.New ľarch likely means a greater emphasis on getting the drivers right. Having a Ferrari in the garage means squat if the throttle linkage is broken.
2a. With a new ľarch, I suspect the driver team(s) will be concentrating their efforts on GCN based cards. Not a good sign with the amount of game related bugs still prevalent with VLIW4/5 based cards. AMD seem to have trouble optimizing for one ľarch, and now they're doubling the fun. Does this mean that AMD are now consigning HD4000/5000 to legacy driver status?
I have no idea how to comment on this. What I hope to see if AMD commit a team of programmers to each core design, GCN and VLIW, respectively. It seems this would be the best way to do things, but then they are very reliant on having the right people in the right places, if they have them at all.
I'm not too sure what I'm gonna do. If htese cards are fast enough to do Eyefinity decently, I'm gonna buy a couple, for sure. If not, my 6950's do a decent job at single monitor, so I ahve no interest in buying new cards. I'd rather buy someone's used cards and get 2 more 6950's before buying into a new gen. $ cards are jsut so much mroe visually impressive in how htey fill a case, anyway.