OpenGL: 2D And 3D Performance
Unigine’s Heaven and Sanctuary benchmarks show us how cards perform when running demanding features from current gaming titles in OpenGL. Additionally, since none of the graphics drivers contain any optimizations for the OpenGL versions of these benchmarks, you could even say it’s a fairer comparison than using the super-optimized DirectX versions.
If you’re not a fan of the DirectX 11-accelerated Viewport 2.0, Maya also continues to offer OpenGL support. The benchmark run we picked to represent performance also shows us that, generally, the Nvidia cards perform very similarly. That’s hardly a surprise, since the drivers for the consumer cards don’t contain any of the required optimizations.
Since newer versions of this application only complete benchmark runs on professional graphics cards with validated drivers, we fall back on the older version that is part of the SPECviewperf11 benchmark suite.
The same applies to EnSight, which is why we employ an older version here as well.
Aside from the two synthetic benchmarks, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 doesn't really outpace or fall behind the 680 by a meaningful margin. As expected, it consistently places just behind the GeForce GTX Titan.
Of course, one could argue that as we get closer to higher-end products, the performance increase is always minimal and price to performance ratio starts to increase, however, for the past 3-4 years (or so I guess), never has it been that the 2nd highest-end GPU having such low performance difference with the highest-end GPU. It's usually significant enough that the highest end GPU (GTX x80) still has it's place.
The GTX Titan was released to make the GTX 780 look incredibly good, and people (especially on the internet), will spread the news fast enough claiming the $650 release price for the GTX 780 is good and reasonable, and people who didn't even bother reading reviews and benchmarks, will take their word and pay the premium for GTX 780.
Nvidia is taking a different route to compete with AMD or one could say that they're not even trying to compete with AMD in terms of price/performance (at least for the high-end products).
Thats apretty bad analogy. A gpu is still smooth even with some of the cores/vram/etc turned off, it doesn't increase latency/frametimes/etc.
I must've missed something. Why wait a week?