AMD went more for power efficiency with these new cards rather than performance. I can understand that there are groups of people out there who would be interested in that, but sadly I'm not. I will wait for a new card that brings a leap in performance and also uses the same amount of power as a small village in Africa.
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
I really don't care enough to spend more money to buy a new card just because it uses less energy.
@#%^ the environment; I want more polygons, dammit.
No they went for a card that was cheaper to produce. The decreased power consumption is a result of a GPU that contains 1.7 million transistors instead of 2.15 million.
More efficient architecture, fewer transistors, higher clock speed = card is cheaper to produce and equals the 5870 in performance more or less.
These same architectural improvements with more transistors are what we'll be seeing in the 6900 series. Edited, Oct 24th 2010 12:52am by Lobivopis