Well if you think that less than 10% of gamers are going to use 16 bit over 32 bit well explain this. Here is a comment from a popular gaming site about 32 bit: "ATI took detailed care in providing excellent 32-bit color performance. Hats off to them for showing this gamer the vast difference between 16 and 32-bit color depth. I don't think I can go back to 16 bit after viewing this awesome product in action." http://www.ritualistic.com/features/fury2.html I dont know if you are a gamer or not, who cares if you are getting 60fps with a V3 when the human eye can tell above 30 anyway. 32 bit color is going to dominate 16 bit color. We will see in a few months who's laughing.
I hope that he CAN go back to 16 bit in a few months when some new game brings his 32bit card to its knees!
There is no such thing as too many FPS. A high frame rate card lasts longer, plain and simple. THe card that gets 100fps today will probably get 30fps on next years games. Anyone with a 32 bit card that can't be turned down to 16 will be playing games a year from now with all the detail turned down, just so they have an acceptable frame rate.
It amazes me that people try to diminish the importance of frame rates with crap about how the eye cant detect more than 30fps.
Of course, if you buy a new card each year, the TNT was probably a smart thing to get last Xmas.
A couple faculty at Harvard did a study on IPO share prices in the years following the IPO. They determined that somthing like 80% (if I remember correctly) tank BIG TIME in the first 2 years.
THe reason is quite simple: companies go public to raise $$. The underwriters bank-roll it to make $$ too. They SET the IPO price and heavily hype the stock. They choose to go public when everything is rosy, and when they have saved up enough good news to pump up the price.
THe honeymoon period of an IPO on any exchange is a temporary suspension of realistic market valuations. New companies are full of promise, lacking any bad history (that is not really true, but people don't generally delve into the years prior to the IPO). people have an inate desire to get in on the ground floor of the next MSFT. Guess what... the ground floor is already occupied by the insiders and venture capitalists!
If you really like that shiny new IPO, just wait for it to take a tumble before you buy in. THey all do.
>> I dont know if you are a gamer or not, who cares if you are getting 60fps with a V3 when the human eye can tell above 30 anyway. <<
Since when can the human eye not see past 30fps?
Television signals transmit at 60hz interlaced and employ motion blur even at that.
Why do people run there monitors at 75Hz, 85Hz, or 100Hz?
More importantly however, benchmarks record an average fps - meaning 30fps could actually be 30fps plus or minus 15fps. And when the framerate goes down to 15fps, trust me - you'll notice. Running at 60fps or higher ensures that you will never go below 40fps (for example.) If you are running at 30fps, there will be many instances where the game could drop down to 15fps if there is a lot of action going on screen.
1) 32-bit color ROCKS! 2) I can't tell the difference between 16 and 32 3) WTF is a bit??
Number 3 is WAY in the majority. Think about it- how many people do you know that don't know much about computers that actually purposely set their desktop colors to even 16-bit? It's not one of those things that most people understand.
Even if they do happen to hear the argument somewhere and decide to try it, how much do you want to bet they'll grab a 16-bit only title and not understand why it doesn't look any better with this card?
You obviously haven't worked with the general public on computers too much- read some of the tech support nightmare calls out there, and then talk to me about little Johnny Jr. purposely putting his TNT card in 32-bit color..
And anyways, WHO GIVES A RATS?? I could give a crap what your video card does compared to mine- what matters is...WILL IT MAKE YOU MONEY?
I'm betting the answer to that is a profound NO. You bet yes. Who cares? We'll all find out within a few months time.
Oh, and your little comment about 30/60 fps is pretty stupid considering that you're talking about color depth being the main selling point of your card. Go look at the 3dfx demo of 30/60 fps and then talk to me about "No difference".