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I would wait as well. But still, the 7950 wins anyways. It has 1 GB more VRAM, 512 shaders (cores) more and a wider RAM bus. Hell, just the VRAM alone is worth the $15.

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What he was trying to say was that the GTX 680 is launching at around $500. Which means AMD will most likely try to shift the 7xxx series to a more competitive price bracket. Could even result in the 7950 being another $25-50 cheaper.
I would wait.

I considered that possibly, but I highly doubt that AMD will drop the 7870 price after having just launched it. I could see the 7950 drop down to 450 and the 7970 be 500, but that about it. I have 7 days to return it, so I will wait until the last possible day just in case nVidia does cause a price drop, or they announce something that is amazing and doesn't cost $400+.
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What he was trying to say was that the GTX 680 is launching at around $500. Which means AMD will most likely try to shift the 7xxx series to a more competitive price bracket. Could even result in the 7950 being another $25-50 cheaper.
I would wait.

Yeah this. Sorry I wasn't clear. If the GTX 680 releases at a lower price point than the 7970 and performs equal or better, then the 7970 will have to drop its price just to maintain sales. That should have a flow on effect to the 7950. It won't be a huge drop by any means but it might mean you save a few dollars or can upgrade/add something else to your build.
post #14 of 17
The 7950 is already $450. The 7970 is $550. Dropping them down by $50 would make sense, unless the 680 is completely better than the 7970, then the 7970 should be dropped by even more. Maybe $375 for the 7950 and $450 for the 7970.

Personally, what I'm hoping for is for the GTX680 to be faster than the 7970 at stock, but for the 7970 to have more OCing headroom to give it the edge. Hopefully this would mean cheaper 7970's that can perform better than the 680.
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The 7950 is already $450. The 7970 is $550. Dropping them down by $50 would make sense, unless the 680 is completely better than the 7970, then the 7970 should be dropped by even more. Maybe $375 for the 7950 and $450 for the 7970.
Personally, what I'm hoping for is for the GTX680 to be faster than the 7970 at stock, but for the 7970 to have more OCing headroom to give it the edge. Hopefully this would mean cheaper 7970's that can perform better than the 680.

Yea lets hope a trick down price drop will occur, I have 7 days to return it, but I really doubt it will drop to be less then what I paid. The 7870 where launched too recently, preventing the 7950 to go to low.
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Yea lets hope a trick down price drop will occur, I have 7 days to return it, but I really doubt it will drop to be less then what I paid. The 7870 where launched too recently, preventing the 7950 to go to low.
Maybe not - the predecessor to the 7870, the 6870 was priced at $250 USD. I thought the only reason the 7 series was priced so much higher was because there was no competition from Nvidia.
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post #17 of 17
The simple fact is that the 7950 is a better card, and for only $15 more thats an amazing price, but ive honestly never been a fan of the centre fan heatsinks, they dont seem to give enough performance if you want to overclock it, i would try to get the saphirre version with dual fans, although this would probably be out of your range without all those price drops :|
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