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So from what I gather the radeon 7xxx are supposed to be faster, less power consuming, and cheaper? People keep saying that the next gen series is supposed to be half of the price of the current cards now. I don't understand why they would be half the price. Wouldn't they be even more expensive?
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Due to die shrinking they save money. Half the price? Probably not. But 5970s are still strong, and will last for another year or two for games on max with 1080p, 6970s will last for like 4 years with 60 fps at 1080p, so don't let that keep you from buying.
    
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5970s are still strong, and will last for another year or two for games on max with 1080p, 6970s will last for like 4 years with 60 fps at 1080p, so don't let that keep you from buying.
Yea, but I mean if the cards are coming out in a few months and I don't have the funds to buy the current 6000 series now, might as well just wait.
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Due to die shrinking they save money. Half the price? Probably not. But 5970s are still strong, and will last for another year or two for games on max with 1080p, 6970s will last for like 4 years with 60 fps at 1080p, so don't let that keep you from buying.
I can see the 5970 lasting another year or so to max out games at 1080p but I highly doubt that the 6970 Crossfire will be able to max games out 4 years from now at 1080p at 60 FPS.

As far as production costs; they will be smaller because of die shrink. However, the cards will most likely cost the same as they do now because they still need to cover R&D costs and would prefer to make a larger profit than lower prices.
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I can see the 5970 lasting another year or so to max out games at 1080p but I highly doubt that the 6970 Crossfire will be able to max games out 4 years from now at 1080p at 60 FPS.

As far as production costs; they will be smaller because of die shrink. However, the cards will most likely cost the same as they do now because they still need to cover R&D costs and would prefer to make a larger profit than lower prices.
The 5870 is nearly 2 years old, lasting three years, then you can also do tri and quad fire. The 6970s should last just as long.
    
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They may cost AMD less to make, but expect the prices to be the same for the consumer.
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The 5870 is nearly 2 years old, lasting three years, then you can also do tri and quad fire. The 6970s should last just as long.
Not really since the HD 5870 was a first generation DX 11 card. I'm guessing we'll see DX12 in the next 2-3 years or so (considering there is a new DirectX release roughly every 2-3 years with the exception of DX9 which had revisions instead). So while HD 6970's will be able to play games in DX11 mode for maybe the next 4 years, they technically won't be "maxed" because they'll only be in DX11 and not DX12.
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Not really since the HD 5870 was a first generation DX 11 card. I'm guessing we'll see DX12 in the next 2-3 years or so (considering there is a new DirectX release roughly every 2-3 years with the exception of DX9 which had revisions instead). So while HD 6970's will be able to play games in DX11 mode for maybe the next 4 years, they technically won't be "maxed" because they'll only be in DX11 and not DX12.
That's if there is a DX12.
    
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I hope they come out at a lower price point. I'm really in the mood to have a crossfire setup in the future with some smaller budget cards and see how that works. Crossfire scaling really got nice with the 6000 series cards and I hope that AMD keeps that trend going.
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It doesn't matter how much it costs them to produce it. I mean it does, but not really.

Where will the card slot in on the fps charts. That will determine the pricing.
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