Originally Posted by DarthShader
Well, it's only half of half billion after all and most of these will be to bring DirectX11 and OpenCL functionality to the GPU, not performance. Have you forgotten how it was with HD5000 series? Much more transistors, not much more raw performance.
I don't think that's really "most" of the transistors being used for DX11 - RV710 was 242 million transistors, whereas Cedar was 292 million transistors. Granted SNB (HD3000) GPU is faster than that (so maybe a bit more transistors) but certainly Ivy Bridge doesn't need ~200 million transistors just for some dx11 features...