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I thought of that. In Australia, the cheapest 6950 DCUII 1GB I can get is $280 AU but for only another $120 I can get a 6970 DCUII 2GB. I figure once I'm that close I may as well spend the extra money.

Mmm, all right thanks. Haha, no I won't


Yeah, I see. Thanks. I'll probably get something now rather than waiting. The rig I'll be building with this card will be my first, so I don't really have any gaming machine right now.
.Once the 7 series is nearing a release date, retailers will reduce prices on older models.I would wait then.I wouldn't recommend buying the 7 series at launch because the prices are going to be steep. How long do you want to keep your graphics card for?
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.Once the 7 series is nearing a release date, retailers will reduce prices on older models.I would wait then.I wouldn't recommend buying the 7 series at launch because the prices are going to be steep. How long do you want to keep your graphics card for?
Ah, good point. I could probably wait that long. I'll definitely struggle with an 8800 GT though ahaha

Mmm, I'd keep it until I both have the money and there is a 2GB DCUII or DCUIII version of the 7950 or 7970.
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Do you have a credit card? On Amazon there are some great deals. The shipping comes to around 14 bucks to Australia!

Also, it's backed by amazon so you are in the clear 229 in total for this card and PCCG sells it for 249+12-14 dollars shipping charges depending on where you live.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=17833
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Dude, if the 8800 GT plays your current games well you can hold it up until the newer generation of cards appear. AMD seems to me will release their cards before Nvidia though. Or if you are hurting for an upgrade HD6950 2 GB is the best bang for the buck. if it is reference it can unlock to HD6970.
HD6970 is not that much faster anywayz.
Tell that too people who overclock. I've seen 1 single 6950 that does 950 or above on stock 1.17 with full shaders, I've seen almost ever 6970 do that.
    
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Do you have a credit card? On Amazon there are some great deals. The shipping comes to around 14 bucks to Australia!

Amazon.com: MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC Video Card: Electronics
Also, it's backed by amazon so you are in the clear 229 in total for this card and PCCG sells it for 249+12-14 dollars shipping charges depending on where you live.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=17833
Yeah, I do. Mmm, I'm not sure about the GTX 560 though. I'm really set on a DCUII card, and ideally a 6950. They do have a GTX 560 Ti DCUII at umart near me for $250 (no shipping). Thanks.
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There isn't as much difference in performance from one generation of cards to the next as many are led to believe. Heck, some of the 6000 series is identical to the 5000 series cards.

The 8800GT, while not considered up to par for high quality settings in modern games, is still a very powerful card, even though it is 5 generations behind the latest. In fact, an 8800GT is not far off from the performance of a GTS450.

GPU sales depend on a constant influx of new model numbers. Performance overlaps heavily from one generation to the next.

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There isn't as much difference in performance from one generation of cards to the next as many are led to believe. Heck, some of the 6000 series is identical to the 5000 series cards.

The 8800GT, while not considered up to par for high quality settings in modern games, is still a very powerful card, even though it is 5 generations behind the latest. In fact, an 8800GT is not far off from the performance of a GTS450.

GPU sales depend on a constant influx of new model numbers. Performance overlaps heavily from one generation to the next.

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I see. I think it's actually a GT 8800 Ultra. Or, something like that.
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Pretty recent news.

Report: AMD to Release 28nm GPUs Before Nvidia

Southern Islands code name for AMD's 28 fabrication is due out about November 2011. Kepler to be out by Feb 2012 by both companies suggestions to news sources. No solid time frame.

However it seems that 28nm yields are still low and AMD will be delayed even futher which might put it closer to Nvidia's release time frame.

So history is repeating itself like the first gen of 40nm fabrication chips did with major delays. If your thinking of buying a new card and have been waiting it seems your wait is going to be much futher than first anticipated.

Another article talks a bit about the actual fabrication actually going on which came out July 6, 2011.

Report: AMD could beat Nvidia to the punch with 28-nm GPUs

"Southern Islands is more or less a play-it-safe shrink of the Cayman design that powers the Radeon HD 6900 series" also continues to say "Kepler is a new architecture with substantially more processing resources than Fermi. Word is that Kepler is "heavily skewed" toward compute applications, as well, yet its power management capabilities aren't up to snuff."

Hope this helps you decide to pull the tirgger or not on your card now or wait it out and hope it's on time. I wouldn't hold my breath.
     
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Not to mention the absurd prices we will see early on because of the low yields.
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Not to mention the absurd prices we will see early on because of the low yields.
There are probably going to be hoarders who sell it on eBay too.
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