Originally Posted by lightsout
Took the 580's what a year? But they were king so they could do that. Still thought this card beats the 7970 and is about $50 cheaper. Probably be a while before any price drops.
There wont be any more price drops on either the 7970 or 680 for a little while at least since they are so evenly matched. The 680 winning at stock but not the greatest overclocker, and the 7970 winning when Overclocked and at higher resolutions such as 1440p/1600p and Tri-Screen configurations.
Either way it works out. I've been shopping for 2 more 680s for a while to swap out my 3 7970s with, simply for power reduction and their smaller size. I've been refreshing newegg constantly but to no avail. It seems they are starting to jack up the prices on the 680 even on newegg. Last week almost all of the 680s were $499 + shipping. Now they're starting to be marked up to 529, etc, and there are only 2 or 3 left at 499 now. I'd like to be able to get one for 500 from newegg or best buy since the shipping is free with the promo code and my CC has a $500 spending limit unless I want to run to walmart and load up a Greendot card which is a hassle.
The first 680 I bought was from TigerDirect. It was $529 + tax + shipping, so it ended up being closer to $600. These cards aren't cheap, and at prices like that they really aren't worth the extra $100, and being more expensive than the 7970 with less VRAM for the future, and their overclockability issues.
Oh well, I'm still going to be buying 2 more just to compare to my 7970s, and then make a decision as to which to keep, unless I decide to keep both. Most likely I'll sell 1 of the 7970s and keep 2 for crossfire, and go with Quad-SLI 680s