Well, seeing the info on the GF4 I must say "blah." The MX is a joke, it is effectively a GF2 @ higher speed. Deceptive indeed, Damage. And one version has SDR
for God's sake! As for the "Ti," ooo, great, 1 more pixel shader, bringing it on par with the XBox GPU. :rolleyes: Some "new product" for Spring. An overclocked xBox GPU is what it really is...
So, getting back to the post title, it seems nVidia is slipping from their break-neck pace of releases and true technological innovation now that they have crushed most of the competition. Thankfully those wacky Canadians at ATI can design hardware, if not drivers, eh? Otherwise we'd be looking at serious stagnation and more severe raping of the customer in terms of price/performance. So, has nVidia become complacent in regards to their product development? Now that they are perceived by the majority of the buying public (J6p types) to be the best vid card company, will they slow their innovation and aggressive product cycles? Will they become the M$ of hardware, more concerned with maintaining their market share regardless of the tech (GF4MX) rather than truky innovating? Or is this a smart move on their part, milking the xBox tech and R&D $$ as much as possible? Or is their not much more for them to do via the "brute force" method, so they are being limited by fab tech now?
Personally, I think we'll know with the next two product cycles. Assuming they even maintain 6 month cycles, if we see a GF4 "update" next time followed by a GF5 that does not bring radically superior hardware (like 8 pipelines, wider/deeper memory interface, embedded DRAM, etc) I would say nVidia would have lost a bit of momentum. One can just look at Intel to see how long it takes to recover from a slip-up *cough* RDRAM *cough*
I have donned my asbestos suit, flame away...
We used to fight myself a lot, but the medicine has taken care of that!!
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