Originally Posted by TechCrazy
Fanboys not allowed.
How about rationality? Wanting something doesn't make it true. I don't think it makes sense for 7850 to drop in prices. 660ti is its competition, and that appears to be a ways out. Should 7870 drop? That's a tougher question, as the 670 should be out much sooner than the 660ti. 7870 is substantially overpriced compared to 7850, and can drop a fair bit with only a minimal drop for 7850. Prices have actually gone up a little, though they should bounce down a little at the end of May/early June with the increased supply (although it depends in part on how long companies like ASUS and MSI take to get their revised 7850s out). I'd still be surprised if basic/low-end 7850s dropped as low as $230 before MIR by June simply because it doesn't make any sense at all for them to drop further. Maybe a $230 powercolor - that seems reasonable because their basic 7850 is so bad compared to the HIS or Visiontek models.
Right now you can get a HIS for $220 after MIR, which is pretty aggressive on their part considering their cooler is better than the Powercolor cooler. I would be surprised if there weren't rebates showing up in June/late May as companies try to distinguish themselves. Factor those in and you might see a slightly larger increase. This is, of course, speculation - I've tried searching too for my own purchasing, and I can't find anything substantial.