Conversely NVIDIA has their CUDA-based PhysX solution.
There are a lot of OpenCL / DirectCompute tasks that have always been far better on AMD cards, and there are a lot of tasks that are far better with CUDA.
I wonder if the recent price spikes are because they know this is their chance to make a profit with the new consoles coming out. The GTX 400 series and the HD4000 series are still good enough to play modern games, but there's a possibility that with the new consoles, even the Titan or 7990 will just barely keep up. So if they increase the prices of their products, PC gamers will want something that can out-do a console, and with such determination they'll be more inclined to pay extra to achieve that.
Also note that tablets and Intel CPUs are catching up in graphics performance. Both AMD and Nvidia need to make their discrete GPUs seem worth getting, so by putting a high price point on it, it lets customers think that they're getting something extra special. That's how fancy restaurants work - put some comforting/descriptive words and a high price tag and suddenly an everyday meal becomes "exquisite".
Last edited by schmidtbag; 05-30-2013 at 08:00 PM.
The Titan is aimed at gamers. It's marked and targeted at gamers. And it's bought by gamers.The Titan is aimed more at people who want high-performance double-precision math than it is at gamers, and my $200-ish GTX 660 plays every game I own at high to max settings.
The Titan is in that category, where $1,000 has historically been cheap.
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By far the biggest difference between Titan and the cheaper Nvidia cards is double-precision floating point performance. That is irrelevant for gaming because no-one in their right mind uses it for games because performance sucks on Nvidia gaming cards. It is only useful for GPU computing.