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Dave James responded to SkankwOn comment in
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More gamers play on AMD hardware than anything else… but Nvidia are catching upMore gamers play on AMD hardware than anything else… but Nvidia are catching up
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Ahhh, overall gaming. NOT PC gaming... Was gonna say!

I suppose the PCMR has a lot to thank our console cousins for really.
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Still, the PC gaming hardware market is worth six times the value of the insignificant console market ;)

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Dave James responded to BitBleed comment in
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AMD's Navi graphics card architecture may be "just as bad" as VegaAMD's Navi graphics card architecture may be "just as bad" as Vega
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You must be kidding , Who wrote this article ? Some 16 year old Fanboy ?

"As bad as Vega" Vega was great , Vega 64 out performed 1080 , Vega 56 outperformed 1070 and 1070Ti , And Vega is a great architecture when it comes to higher resolutions

Not to mention great compute power compared to similar Nvidia gaming lineup

The price of AMD GPUs are a tricky subject , What people don't take into account is that AMD GPUs are so good for mining that miners bought almost all of them , And there's a shortage of memory chips too that's why you're seeing prices more than MSRP ratings

So no dude , Vega wasn't bad , Far from it , AMD proved it had a superior architecture in DX12 and specially Vulkan

I really feel sorry for your side tho , Not investing in good writers , gonna cost you views and ultimately revenue
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Nah mate, I don't have to be a fanboy as we have access to whatever hardware we want to put in our gaming PCs. We can purely base our positions on what gives us the best performance and not on some bizarre notion of hardware tribalism.


Realistically the Vega 64 performs somewhere in between a GTX 1080 and a GTX 1070, and very, very rarely ever gets beyond the GTX 1080.


Certainly not in terms of gaming. You can cherry pick a few specific examples where it might compete, but it doesn't outperform the GeForce cards in a broad sweep of games.


That's not based on opinion, that's based on thorough testing.


Regarding pricing, what you say is certainly the case now, but at launch the mining side of things wasn't as big a concern. At that point the miners were still chasing down all the RX 470 cards they could get their hands on because of the mix of hashing performance and low power draw.


At launch AMD bumped the price of Vega because they choose to fit the consumer version of Vega with the ultra-expensive, low volume, HBM2, and couldn't afford to keep the price as low as the artificial launch 'offer'.


And the "as bad as Vega" quote reportedly came from sources close to the matter, which is what we were reporting on.


Kind of feel sorry for you now... not investing in reading.

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Dave James responded to Jac Atax comment in
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AMD go on the Nvidia offensive - this isn't about performance, it's about ethics in GPUsAMD go on the Nvidia offensive - this isn't about performance, it's about ethics in GPUs
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What does it matter if you can't find a reasonably priced GPU?
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...is, I think, going to be the response from a lot of people.


But it's not AMD's fault that graphics card pricing is so high, or that stock is limited. They are doing everything they can to boost volume in the channel, but memory shortages and high pricing is having a knock on effect, and that's before we even mention the dreaded cryptocurrency.


There is, however, only so much they can do :(

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Dave James responded to Chris B comment in
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Gigabyte Aero 15W review: six-cores of Intel Coffee Lake magic in an ultrabook styleGigabyte Aero 15W review: six-cores of Intel Coffee Lake magic in an ultrabook style
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I just ordered the Aero P15x, Concerned about noise, otherwise it looks like one of the best choices out there. Nice Video!
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When the GPU and CPU are running at full chat then the small fans will get loud, but Gigabyte give you a lot of options to alter the fan profiles.

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QDP2 responded to Dave James's comment in
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New Nvidia Volta announcements? Watch today's GTC 2018 livestream hereNew Nvidia Volta announcements? Watch today's GTC 2018 livestream here
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There was some spurious rumour going around today that they would definitely be launching new GeForce cards with 11-series naming. But not necessarily with 1180 or 1170 codes.


I kinda thought they might go for the 20-series for nothing other than marketing points. Going from 10 to 11 just feels like a barely iterative improvement, but going to 20 means the cards will be 10x as good ;)

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Here's to hoping they keep consistent naming forms. Been like this as far back as I can remember, changing it now would just add another pointless piece of information to remember and spend time to explain to any new shoppers when they try to understand the difference. Xbox fell for this trap already going too far with the 360, nVidea have no need to jump off that cliff.


It definitely makes sense for marketing perspective, as you say 20 sounds far bigger a step than 11. My hopes are they'll bet on the Volta upgrade is already a large improvement and a name they can latch onto. Most GPU purchasers (I hope) are looking at statistics and performance gains when upgrading, so the name jump shouldn't be as needed to nVidea as it would be to a more casual industry.


It could still go either way, but my hope still sits with common sense over "bigger = better".

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Doctor Who responded to Dave James's comment in
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Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Program doesn't stop companies selling AMD GPUsNvidia’s GeForce Partner Program doesn't stop companies selling AMD GPUs
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As I mentioned above, the docs and contracts will be under strict NDA with the companies themselves and we're not going to be given them, nor would we be able to publish them for the public.


Affiliate programs themselves are not unusual, and will always involve contracts between the parties entering into the agreement. That's especially true when you're talking about this sort of traditional financial marketing assistance being given to the partners.


Yes, Nvidia are trying to control the subsequent branding of their own GPUs, but from what I've been told they're not doing it to the total exclusion of the competition. And certainly not in any way that's likely to affect consumer choice.


I do totally get that it'd be a more juicy story if there were some antitrust activities being posited, but they'd be crazy to try it after what's been going on with AMD and Intel, and their billion dollar payout. What I've written above isn't an opinion based on personal optimism about the program, it's based on my talking to the people involved in it. It's also not based on any personal bias - as a long-time tech journo I'm in the privileged position of being able to use AMD, Nvidia, and Intel hardware depending on which performs best for my needs ;)


Unfortunately, like the HardOCP piece, I'm not able to reveal my sources, but I'm hoping they'll soon be as explicit publicly as they have been to me.


Obviously you can choose to believe that I am making this up, but I can assure you it's based on doing some digging into it myself. Of course the folk involved could be lying directly to us, but they've always been very straight with me.

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This nonsense Nvidia program chokes consumer choice by Anti-Competition. By Nvidia coming out with this BS, they are now officially support Anti-PC Gaming.


This program chokes competition and the results is no more Radeon cards inside Laptops, Notebooks, OEM's and so on.


I hope Nvidia gets hit hard by the Fair Trade Commission. In Asia, N.America & Europe. And I encourage everybody to BOYCOTT Nvidia GPU's and any AIB that signed up for this nonsense.

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Miles Prower responded to Dave James's comment in
4 Weeks ago
Intel Core i5 8400 review: this is THE gaming Coffee LakeIntel Core i5 8400 review: this is THE gaming Coffee Lake
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Absolutely. If you're rocking a modern i7 then you've really got no reason to upgrade for a good long while.


To be fair a Haswell i7 would still see you right.

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To be fair my old i7-3770k @4.2g.. does just fine. I forsee no reason to upgrade either.

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Jac Atax responded to Dave James's comment in
1 Month ago
AMD and Nvidia cryptocurrency GPUs won’t ease the graphics card crisisAMD and Nvidia cryptocurrency GPUs won’t ease the graphics card crisis
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Great question, I really don't know. There is a general memory shortage so SSD and RAM prices are pretty ridiculous at the moment.

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I wonder if other components are being bought up for mining and if gaming components are starting to stall just based on my own experience of normally building a new system around what I can afford for a GPU

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nu1mlock responded to Dave James's comment in
1 Month ago
There’s a GTX 1080 Ti-lite on its way and it's just for cryptocurrency miners... gamers despair There’s a GTX 1080 Ti-lite on its way and it's just for cryptocurrency miners... gamers despair
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Thanks ;)


A P102 as a PhysX card might be overkill, and now my brain's hurting trying to remember what that company was called. It was mostly rubbish, and was generally just used in motherboards to offer extra PCIe lanes.


DX12's multi GPU mode might work though.

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But the resale value wouldn't be $800, so if miners sell the cards, you could pick it up on ebay for $20. :)

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