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Christmas Special: The PC Technology of 2011

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Welcome to the TechPowerUp 2011 PC technology Christmas special. We hope that you will enjoy reading it while tucking into your turkey, Christmas presents and a little too much wine... In this article, we go through the technology of 2011 that has had the most significance, the most impact and was generally the most talked about. It's not necessarily the best tech of 2011 which is the most significant though, since lemons can be just as significant as the ground-breakers in how they fail to deliver - and the backlash that goes with it.

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Awesome YEAR!!!! Go Skyrim!! Lets hope for a even better year everyone!:rockout:
 
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I used to read articles like this. Then I took an arrow in the knee.
 
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good read on the year. Thanks for that.
 
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April was Mortal Kombat 9 for me. :D
 

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kepler will be 50-80% faster than 7970 i dnt think so....
 
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"NVIDIA's upcoming Kepler-based cards released in the next few months, should therefore beat the HD 7970 by 50-80%."

I highly doubt it as well. in tech, we have hyped performance and then we have realistic performance. this isnt the latter
 
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kepler will be 50-80% faster than 7970 i dnt think so....
HD7970 will be the fastest kid in the block until Kepler comes, then the AMD friend will stop being the king of performance due to an arrow in the knee.
 
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Skyrim for sure rocked this year. Can't wait for DLC!
 
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you know i was going to post some thing like this for you guys.......Then i took an arrow to the knee!
 
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I used to read articles like this. Then I took an arrow in the knee.
HD7970 will be the fastest kid in the block until Kepler comes, then the AMD friend will stop being the king of performance due to an arrow in the knee.
you know i was going to post some thing like this for you guys.......Then i took an arrow to the knee!
I used to be amused by this reference to Skyrim, like you, then I took an arrow in the knee
 
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To meet customer's performance expectations, NVIDIA's upcoming Kepler-based cards released in the next few months, should therefore beat the HD 7970 by 50-80%.
No way this is happening. Maybe dual gpu Kepler with 30%-50% but then we have the upcoming HD 7990 that suppose to be over 100%.
 
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I think we need a new competitor in the GPU arena
 

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This editorial took hours to write and dammit, I used to have a life, but then I took an arrow in the knee and now I feel compelled to write articles for TPU all the time. :laugh:

Merry Christmas everyone! :toast:
 

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AMD to Intel: "I used to be ... like you, then I took...."
 

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No way this is happening. Maybe dual gpu Kepler with 30%-50% but then we have the upcoming HD 7990 that suppose to be over 100%.
I agree. However, it should be happening, that's my point.

Looking at the nvidia side for a moment, from memory, their new generation single GPU cards performed roughly the same as their previous dual GPU cards, so we had:

9800 GX2 > GTX 280

GTX 295 > GTX 580

I can't remember any other generation transitions off the top of my head, sorry.

Similarly, we should be seeing AMD doing the same, so the 7970 should be as fast as a 6990, more or less. However, it's actually much slower, which is bad and crucially, doesn't give GTX 580 owners an incentive to upgrade their cards.


I reckon there's two reasons we're seeing this decline in generational performance gains:

- The power budget. Cards have to fit within a certain form factor and power envelope, which restricts how fast they (both NVIDIA and AMD) can make their GPU's. Think about it, if these constraints weren't there, then doubling performance would be as simple as doubling the width of the GPU, no new architecture needed

- Console f* ports. Modern games as a whole do not push the performance envelope due to this blight, so PC performance is now held back until consoles catch up in performance. What a sucky situation :rolleyes:
 
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Awesome article Qubit!!!
 
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Like it all but the 580 and kepler comparison. We have no idea what Kepler will bring to the table in raw performance figures, and we have no idea what AMD has up their sleeve for the new GCN performance enhancements. Decoupling capacitors...as we don't seem to be power limited or heat.




Other than that spot on.
 
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To meet customer's performance expectations, NVIDIA's upcoming Kepler-based cards released in the next few months, should therefore beat the HD 7970 by 50-80%.


Does somebody know something we dont :wtf:

That statement was shocking to me.
 
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well i dont think kepler will beat 7970 by 50-60% more like 15-20%
why? 7970 beats the previously generation 6970 by around 30-40%, so going by that, kepler vs 580 will be around 30-40%

and 7970 uses a new architecture so expect some extra (5-10%) performance in optimized drivers, same goes for kepler
 

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Kepler is so far away it doesn't even matter. It's a shame how this is going to turn into an "all about Kepler" discussion due to one unecessary statement in the article that has nothing to do with 2012. Good article qubit, though the Kepler statement doesn't make much sense and it somewhat ruins it all as far as discussion.
 

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Kepler is so far away it doesn't even matter. It's a shame how this is going to turn into an "all about Kepler" discussion due to one unecessary statement in the article that has nothing to do with 2012. Good article qubit, though the Kepler statement doesn't make much sense and it somewhat ruins it all as far as discussion.
I've quoted erocker here, but it's really just the trigger to reply to all of you (including erocker, of course, lol). :)

First off, I'm really glad that you people liked the article, it was a last minute idea and it took quite some time and effort to write, so I'm really glad it paid off. :toast::respect:

I think people may be misunderstanding my point about the generational gain and I think (hope) my explanation to nt300 clarifies it nicely:

I agree. However, it should be happening, that's my point.

Looking at the nvidia side for a moment, from memory, their new generation single GPU cards performed roughly the same as their previous dual GPU cards, so we had:

9800 GX2 > GTX 280

GTX 295 > GTX 580

I can't remember any other generation transitions off the top of my head, sorry.

Similarly, we should be seeing AMD doing the same, so the 7970 should be as fast as a 6990, more or less. However, it's actually much slower, which is bad and crucially, doesn't give GTX 580 owners an incentive to upgrade their cards.
Making the xmas editorial controversial is the last thing I wanna do - I just wanted a nice easy and pleasant read for xmas for everybody. Shall I just take out this sentence then? "To meet customer's performance expectations, NVIDIA's upcoming Kepler-based cards released in the next few months, should therefore beat the HD 7970 by 50-80%."

I'm perfectly happy to if you guys think it'll be better without it. :toast:
 
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I've quoted erocker here, but it's really just the trigger to reply to all of you (including erocker, of course, lol). :)

First off, I'm really glad that you people liked the article, it was a last minute idea and it took quite some time and effort to write, so I'm really glad it paid off. :toast::respect:

I think people may be misunderstanding my point about the generational gain and I think (hope) my explanation to nt300 clarifies it nicely:



Making the xmas editorial controversial is the last thing I wanna do - I just wanted a nice easy and pleasant read for xmas for everybody. Shall I just take out this sentence then? "To meet customer's performance expectations, NVIDIA's upcoming Kepler-based cards released in the next few months, should therefore beat the HD 7970 by 50-80%."

I'm perfectly happy to if you guys think it'll be better without it. :toast:
take the "by 50-80%" out and we are good to go. Most people are just not agreeing with the numbers, but most agree Kepler WILL beat the 7970.
 
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This was a great thread qubit, thanks for taking the time and effort to write it. The Nvidia thing doesn't bother me one way or the other because it is so far out that I don't know what to expect from it. I enjoyed the read.