Look at it this way, AMD has made a great name for itself while making gaming processors. I'm sure that the new products will eventually surpass the quality that was once ATI. New buyers will love them, and even Nvidia fans may switch over, assuming that AMD is able to advance graphics to a new level as a result of this acquisition.
This is horrible.
I am a hard-core NVidia fan, but competition is what drives the industry. And something tells me that AMD won't give NVidia as much a fight as ATI did.
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That is just tooo bad... I feel cheated now... You watch...... in the next 10 years..... AMD, ATI, and Nvidia.... will be all under the name brand Intel ... mark my word.... you think MS is a monopoly ??? Wait till Intel owns them all... LOL LOL. J/K
But really.... this is sad... They should have kept the ATI branding....... I bet they will loose some of those folks whom liked ATI branding now will move over to Nvidia.... Why do you think HP kept the Compaq name branding ???? They didnt want to alienate the consumers that liked the Compaq branding. But if the name must go.... they should have done it over time where it is less painful to the consumers... this abrupt will cause loss of sales.
Well.... I know I can kiss my All In Wonder series goodbye... ah yes... i know it was already can'd before the announcement of the take over... my next system is going to be the usual setup of separate video and tuner combination..... I was itching to go with a Crossfire or SLi setup in the next system....... but....... but.... this might lean me more over to a SLi system now..... I can see a 7950 GX2 SLi setup more so now in my future.....
Damn.... that is too bad for the ATI branding..... crap
I think AMD might whoop nVidia silly. Think quad core, 65 nm GPUs, perhaps embeded in the CPU as a sub processor along with a third processing unit for physics. AMD could do a LOT with this merger. The question is, do they have the money to do so?
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It was only when nVidia released the 7 series cards that the crown changed hands. Besides, you never what happens next. It was only up until recently that nVidia declared they were going to use a unified structure when ATi was planning that all along for the next generation of graphics cards. Personally, I like crossfire better. It's just SLi seems to be more prevalent.
And something tells me that AMD won't give NVidia as much a fight as ATI did.
AMD has, easily, twice to three times the financial backing that ATI formerly had (not to mention the fact that AMD now has ATI's assets), and they obviously have very competent engineers, just ask Super XP. If anything, Nvidia now has some real competition.
I'm sad to see ATI go, but their last two generations of graphics cards weren't superb by any stretch of the imagination. The R4xx series lacked Shader Model 3.0 and the R5xx-series consumes a lot more power than the refined Geforce 7k series. I was hoping ATI would be able to smack back with something good (and they could've on their own), but hopefully AMD'll be able to help 'em along.
And maybe this will encourage Intel to make sickly fast graphics processors. I could live with a Pentium-branded GPU...?
My next system is probally gonna be an Intel Kentsfield (quad core based on Core 2 Duo) with a single high-mid range Nvidia graphics and an SLI capable PSU so I can upgrade to SLI in the future. Unless of course AMD has a more powerful setup for less by then.
I do not think ATI's drivers sucked that much, they were totally underrated. They are much better than people always say. A few glitches here and thier in the Catalyst Control center, but otherwise 90 percent good.