Okay so if you are, like me, considering buying a new GPU soon but have one that already decently runs FFXIV you may want to wait it out. For one the new Radeon HD 6000 series is rumored to launch as early as next month on the 14th, or at least this fall. Now these aren't a giant leap as they will still use the same 40nm architecture as the HD 5000 series. This should prompt a nice price drop in the 5000 series, though.
Then there's Nvidia, which I just read about today. Their next card, codenamed Kepler, is coming at the end of 2011 with the new 28nm architecture which is supposed to give out 3 to 4 times more performance per watt compared to the current Fermi cards! And on top of that in 2013 there will be new cards based on the 22nm Maxwell architecture to replace the 28nm Kepler cards, which are said to bring a 16 times increase in graphics processing!
Now I know there's new technology released and announced yearly and blah blah blah but I think this gives us a pretty far look into the future, at least on Nvidia's side. The only problem is we don't know what AMD is planning after the HD 6000 series so it's kind of hard to think about when they could quite possibly drop something more impressive than Nvidia's next card a few months after or even at the same time. Who knows, maybe AMD will skip straight to 22nm?
I just wanted to post this so that anyone building computers and buying parts knows what is coming up, especially because this can all greatly affect GPU prices across the board.
UPDATE: New info on the first of the Radeon HD 6000 Series! This link has a chart comparing the upcoming 6750 and 6770 cards to current Radeon cards, they look pretty good aside from the memory clock.
Keep in mind this chart IS NOT confirmed.
Edited, Sep 28th 2010 3:12pm by BRizzl3