Originally Posted by latexyankee
I dont care about the bf4 edition, I care that it's the only card available until thanksgiving or Christmas. They are preorders for the 3rd, the real specs drop on the 15th, then when will the card be released by the end of the month? Ever try to get a flagship gpu within the first 60 days of release?
I need 2 gpu's for bf4. AMD is stupid. They sponsor a game that they market their gpu for and don't even release it until after the game launches. Retarded.
You are aware that pretty much everything you just said is just wild speculation, right?
What we actually know is that pre-orders start on 03-10-13 and that the NDA ends on 15-10-13.
All the most resent rumours and educated guesses seem to agree that the release will likely coincide with the end of the NDA, which would mean that the 290X may well be available on that date.
Unless we go into full tin foil hat mode, the only rational conclusion is that the only thing affected by the whole pre-order thing, is who gets the limited BF4 editions and potentially who gets to the front of the line in the event that the first batch will be sold out immediately. Just like with every other product in the world.
There is no reason to believe that you will have to either pre-order or wait for months. Best guess is that if you take a week or two to look at the benchmarks after the NDA ends (which all rational people will likely do), you should have no problem buying a 290X from any half decent store, if you so desire.