Originally Posted by Arizonian
The AMD 7970 isn't $400-$500 but coming out for $600
on launch day. Currently selling on pre-order
for a reference card and pricing won't go down without rival until Nvidia comes out with the GTX 780 to possibly knock it off the top.
Nvidia is doing the same when AMD 7970 comes out by lowering the price (from news sources
) to $380 for the GTX 580
just to compete with AMD who will go unchallenged for a couple more months approximately until Nvidia brings out their answer. For price / performance IF
news rumors are true for $380 the GTX 580 would take that spot easily by saving $220 over an AMD 7970.
People seem to forget with the next gen hype that two GTX 580's/6970's are a lot of performance still for single monitor owners with 1920x1200 resolution or lower easily. Heck so are two AMD 6950's/560Ti's. Games are over 60 FPS without any problems even maxed out settings.
A lot of people will jump ship to be top of the hill regardless, when comparing the 7970 to last years
, best single GPU. The benchmarks I've seen are truly impressive. In the past, new series cards usually run about 15%-25% better, but this 28nm fabrication actually goes even further depending on set ups. Amazing, and it can't be denied.
To sum things up, those in a single GTX 580 / AMD 6970 with single monitors who are on a tight budget, going with SLI option is a very viable choice for most bang for your buck if
pricing goes down for the 580. If you got an AMD 6970 crossfire it. Otherwise wait, and see if Nvidia dethrones AMD who then might come down on their $600 pricing to compete themselves. If Nvidia can't dethrone them with the GTX 780 their pricing might be lower to compete. Right now there's no incentive to go lower in price when AMD already has people linned up with open pockets setting aside their 'price / performance ' retorhic from the past.I'm excited because Nvidia is usually right in line with performance or better. I've got a nice bonus check from work in March I'm setting aside for a new MSI GTX 780 3GB Lightning card. At first I was contemplating on going SLI myself but I've always been a single powerful GPU solution type of person even if it meant a little less performance. I made that choice last year by switching to one GTX 580 and dropping my AMD 6870 crossfire set up I had. Less hassell not having to deal with heat, drivers, and micro stuttering issues. I went with Nvidia for 3D Vision gaming and 3D blu-ray movies for the family to enjoy.
So I suggest to anyone in this boat to wait another week or two. See what transpires. Wait and leave your option open until you see the actual competition come out and then after the dust settles make a move. It's now literally around the corner.
Wait until Nvidia comes out with the 700 series even if switching to AMD because then it might force AMD's hand to lower current 'Nvidia type' pricing that people used to complain about but for some reason don't mind it anymore this year. If your gaming fine then what's the rush?
Imagine what non-reference card will go for if the reference cards are being sold for $600?.......I'm just glad I've got this little work bonus coming.
Pricing truly has trumped last years top dollar $550 price and people will have to dig deeper than before to be king of the hill.