AMD Bills New Radeon 8970M as World's Fastest Mobile GPU

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PC Invictus

Before I even click, somehow I knew first post I seen would be Nvidia fanboys. *rolls eyes*

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Ninjawithagun

I'm an NVidia fanboy, BUT really respect what AMD has done with GPU hardware architectures over the past several years. In fact, I would even say that the AMD hardware architecture as a whole is superior to NVidia offerings for the most part. This changed once NVidia released the new Kepler architecture, which helped them catch back up with AMD hardware wise. What frustrates me about AMD, and is also the main reason why I won't buy an AMD card just yet is the absolutely horrible AMD software developer driver team. They are just terrible in producing solid stable drivers and Crossfire still does not run as optimally as is should compared to NVidia's SLI solution. NVidia's driver team has had their issues too, but they are fairly rare when compared to their counterpart AMD team. If AMD could prove to me that they have finally fixed their software developer issues and can consistently release stable drivers, then I would seriously consider switching from green to red.

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BEETHREE333

Honestly I am still stumped whenever I read this kind of stuff. Drivers are bad? How? Have you tried them? No you haven't, because you just admitted you refuse to buy AMD cards.

Here is my truth: I built my computer with a 3930K and dual 7970's.

I have NEVER had driver issues. From the time I bought the 7970's on up to now AMD has made LEAPS in their driver updates. The 7970's were behind the 670, everyone recommended the 670, I chose the architecture for other than gaming tasks, and now? My cards outperform the card everyone said was hands down the best in either single or crossfire vs SLI.

Bad drivers? It's 2013, time to move on.

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WarpathPS

What are you stuck in 2006? Nvidia cards have had bad drivers for years. Every new game that comes out, Nvidia owners moan and cry about all kinds of graphical issues, meanwhile AMD owners are playing problem free. Not only that but the Nvidia cards I see are honking big and require much more power for the same performance. Lets not even get to the heat problems I have seen with Nvidia cards in the last few years. I bought Nvidia since the Geforce 2 days and I made the jump when the 4870 came out. Nvidia was slipping for years due to no competition.

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Cy-Kill

'Problem free'? You seem to forget about the graphical issues with "RAGE", and before you jump up & down and yell "nVIDIA fanboy", I've had the Radeon HD 4870 X2 since 2008!

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gamewizard

What about the newest generation of mobile parts from nvidia, because there latest generation just dropped yesterday and they offer much improvement. Also I do believe several of the mew nvidia ones are based on the GK110 architecture. Link to the nVidia blog post about the release of the new mobile parts: http://blogs.nvidia.com/2013/04/how-your-next-notebook-gpu-technology-can-run-automagically/

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ZombieKiller

Then Nvidia comes along 3 months later and obliterates it.

Got to admit, the 8970M does sound like quite the beast though!

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AETAaAS

The current top end laptop parts don't really outperform each other very much, and usually it's a back and forth between AMD titles and nVidia titles plus AMD GPUs cost quite a bit less in laptops.

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ZombieKiller

Then Nvidia comes along 3 months later and obliterates it.

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DelroyMonjo

So why didn't they test it with a mobile CPU?

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ness64

Marketing. To make the benchmarks look better than they actually are in a laptop.

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Chronologist

interesting they should use an i7 over their own part.

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AFDozerman

IT makes you wonder if the graphics division did it withoutthe permission of the CPU division.

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Ryboodle

They probably used an Intel part because Intel is as close to an unbiased third party as possible.(even though AMD and Intel are technically in competition)

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