Originally Posted by rcfc89
The part of kepler being released is not going to compete with the 7970. That won't be until at least June when the 680 comes out. So then yes the 5-6month lead will be accurate.
No one actually knows what the Kepler cards launching in April are going to compete against. If Nvidia is really going to go with the GTX 670 naming scheme then I'd expect it to come close to the 7970 which would make it a competitor.
Originally Posted by NotUrAverageJoe
The 7000 series was released in late December. Even if Kepler is released in early April as rumored that's still over 4 months. Considering the shortages AMD is having there is no guarantee green team can deliver on time.
The NDA was lifted in december. Even if AMD wanted to call that a launch it would make no difference, since the cards only became available on the 9th of Jan making that the effective launch date.
Seeing that there have been reports of kepler chips going to AIBs for the cards to be manufactured (chips done and reference PCBs done), Nvidia could also "release" the card and have reviews ready but that wouldn't really be a launch either since you couldn't buy the cards.
It doesn't suck for the consumer - the consumer just needs to grow up.
I can't believe you just said that higher prices don't suck for the consumer.... How does that even make sense?
Either pay to play, or wait until the prices drop. It isn't nearly as complicated as people make it seem, and it's no more unfair than the high prices of harddrives due to the floods - just your basic supply and demand. They changed their sweet spot pricing because they've had the performance crown since December 2009 (well the GTX590 tied the 6990 but you get the point). If Nvidia had the crown that long and then released new tech do you think they'd cut you a break?
Just because it's AMD doesn't mean it has to always sell for thrift store prices.
Yeah I know that it makes sense from a business standpoint to price their cards high because of relatively low supply/ high demand and pretty much no competition, no question about that.
The thing is that Nvidia and AMD cards aren't really directly comparable like that. The reason Nvidia usually prices higher is that they go with a monolithic die to claim the single GPU crown, even if it comes with the cost of releasing a bit later than their competitor. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the 7970 price has a lot of air in it, but we can't really do anything about it. It just sucks.
Just have to hope that Nvidia doesn't hit any bumps in the road and gets their stuff together well enough to lower prices and brings out a really competitive product.
Actually there are few real AMD fans on here. Not being a brainwashed Nvidia sheep doesn't make you an AMD fanboy. A lot of us are interested in new tech but come here only to find more speculation and claims that can't be substantiated - hence the cynicism and disdain.
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