Many people seem to miss the real benefit of this API. It basically allows you to pair a stronger gpu with a lesser cpu. If you have a limited budget, and want the best gaming performance, you will be aiming to spend as much of that money to gpu while not being bottlenecked by the cpu that the remaining money can buy. The main point that the conclusion skips is exactly this. It says that it is not very probable that someone matches a 8350 with a 290x, but rather 8350 - 280x is more likely. Why? If 8350 didn't bottleneck 290x in dx11 I am sure that many people would prefer it over 4770 and 280x. This is what this API supposed to offer us consumers. By the way, I'm not implying that Mantle has achieved doing this, nor am I an AMD fanboy. I got 3770 and 290 and I want the best performance for the least money.