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This is the price these cards should have launched at.

As for drivers...I have had many AMD cards and rarely had issues. I wish Nvidia would put out some new drivers for the 680s. Can't they squeeze out any more performance or what?
    
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Dunno about you, but I didn't see much about the 5850 overclocking potential. Very few 5850's in the day could break 900mhz, and by the time you had the GTX460 at 850mhz+ the pricier 5850 was made redundant as the 460 caught up and in some games bet it.

Ok, but many 5850's were easily touting 875Mhz on overclocks (or more) and the 5770's never even came close to similar performance. That was my point in my quote - not how much the 5850's could clock to.
    
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That is actually the main reason why AMD has never been in my shopping cart. All i ever hear is how bad drivers are etc...
But like i said, i've not owned AMD since the mid 90's. So i can't really comment on how true this is today....

Most driver problems are caused by the user.
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This is the price these cards should have launched at.
As for drivers...I have had many AMD cards and rarely had issues. I wish Nvidia would put out some new drivers for the 680s. Can't they squeeze out any more performance or what?

Oh yes, the 7970 should've been $400 at launch when the 580 3GB was $550 months after the 7970 launched at $550 rolleyes.gif. AMD had a better idea, price them so there'd be demand sufficient for their supply at that precise moment in time. As supply/demand/competition changes.. AMD is adjusting prices accordingly. What a shocker.
 
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Good news for everyone.

I guessed this would happen, AMD got their new cards out early and priced them accordingly. Now that there is some competition the prices are coming down again, which is good for everyone.

As for the driver issues, I have had one issue with my 7950 - it would go into long idle and power the card down when it was supposed to be running BOINC. Oddly enough nVidia drivers had the exact same issue, as far as I know both are now fixed.
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Dunno about you, but I didn't see much about the 5850 overclocking potential. Very few 5850's in the day could break 900mhz

I must have got a good 5850 then - my reference card went up to 900MHz almost on stock voltage. It has been sitting at 1GHz with a slight voltage bump now for 2 years, runs BOINC quite often and is still happily chugging away.

I forget what the memory went up to, but it is back at stock now as BOINC doesn't benefit from memory OC.
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Except AMD drivers are terrible. I'll never buy AMD again. Or at least until I see their driver package improve.
Never had any driver issues while using my last 3 Radeon cards, obviously its dependent on your setup but in my personal experience never had a issue.
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post #67 of 121
hmm.....

if you really think about it. the 680 should have been a 300 dollar card. it was supposed to replace GF 114
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Ok, so any links to Tiger Direct, New Egg or anywhere with these prices?? I might acutally be able to afford Xfire now...thumb.gif
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post #69 of 121
Eh, guess if I waited longer I could have just shelled out another $50-60 for a 7970 instead of the $300 I paid for my 7870...oh well, c'est la vie du tech.
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The 5850 was a good crack at Midrange for AMD, if only it wasn't stuck in the GTX460's shadow.
Dunno about you, but I didn't see much about the 5850 overclocking potential. Very few 5850's in the day could break 900mhz, and by the time you had the GTX460 at 850mhz+ the pricier 5850 was made redundant as the 460 caught up and in some games bet it.

Sorry but you're a bit off there; a 5850 was direct competition for the GTX 470.
Also as previously stated the cards hard ridiculous potential w/ overclocking, and the majority of them (reference especially), could break 900MHz easily with a slight voltage bump.

They were clock-for-clock 3-8% difference from a 5870 (essentially indistinguishable in actual game-play), even tested that personally.
Definitely one of the best bang-4-buck cards to have come out in while.
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hmm.....
if you really think about it. the 680 should have been a 300 dollar card. it was supposed to replace GF 114

That's what Charlie said back in Jan. tongue.gif But Nv had different plans.
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