Originally Posted by Mad Pistol
The issue is not the price of the Titan, at least not relatively. The issue is that the GTX 690 costs the same as the Titan, and the 690, which has been on the market now for over half a year, is still considerably quicker.
The problem is that nvidia is gouging itself by pricing the Titan at $1k. Nvidia already has a card at the $1k price point, and it already happens to be a faster card. That means the Titan's price point simply does not make sense. At least at $900, the GTX 690 still has its place as the fastest and most expensive card in nvidia's consumer lineup. Since the Titan will be $1000, it's going to make the GTX 690 the fastest, but it will be tied for most expensive. Who in their right mind would choose a Titan over a 690 when both cards are priced the same and the 690 is faster?
Yes, I realize that the performance scaling on multi-card setups for the Titan is going to be awesome. The Titan makes a case for itself in that case... or does it? Now we cross into a paradox a la Fermi where Fermi cards were great for multi-monitor setups... that is, if you bought a second card. By itself, a GTX 4xx/5xx card could not drive 3 monitors. Only with a second card could you drive 3 monitors simultaneously. The Fermi paradox now crosses into Big Kepler: Titan is only a good value if you buy 2 cards.
Am I the only one that really understands what nvidia is doing here? It does not take a rocket scientist to see that Nvidia is playing this market like a soap opera; reactionary economics at its finest. It worked for Fermi... it will work for Big Kepler too.
It's a mistake to buy any Titan GPU's. Doing this will give nvidia the green light to continue to make their best single-GPU flagship into a $1k card. That makes the dual-GPU card $2k in a couple generations... $2k for a single consumer graphics card. Those of you that see Titan as a "status symbol" need to turn on the lights. You're buying a graphics card, not a sports car. Most people don't even know what a graphics card is, let along what a Geforce Titan is
. If you're buying it for the status, you're doing it wrong. In fact, if you're buying it PERIOD, you're doing it wrong. The 690 makes a case for itself, but the Titan? The Titan is an abomination to high-end graphics cards at the $1000 price point.
Food for thought. Be careful what you wish for.