- Aug 9, 2004
There's plenty more to offer in the gaming market, I'm not arguing against that. Hell, I'd love to run all my games with ludicrous amounts of AA at 60FPS+, that would be awesome. What I'm saying is that Fermi doesn't bring much to the table over what's available. Recent estimates point to the GTX480 as being ~15% faster than the 5870. Even if it overclocks the same (which I'm going to say it probably doesn't, although time will tell), if you're hitting 60FPS with a GTX480, you would have been hitting over 52FPS with a 5870. The extra frame buffer will be nice in some games (STALKER CoP, Crysis, off the top of my head anyway), but then there's going to be the price/performance issue, which really can't be argued until we know prices.Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?
I know I'm not alone in those who've been waiting for a +1GB offering. 5870 CF was blazing fast and allowed me to max all details in every game tested. However, I felt I was hitting the ceiling with 4x AA or higher. The GPU's could render anything happening in the scene, but pan and move, bam, accessing and churning of the buffer. A heavily debated topic in itself, but damn it I've wanted a larger frame buffer just to see.
So yes, there's still a lot left to for ATI to offer. It was rumored a 2GB card would launch shortly after 5870's debut. It didn't happen. And now, it's delayed until Fermi's launch window. All eye candy, +4 AA, still a lot to offer..