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This is simply a speculation topic of what will be the next generation and how it will happen.

AMD decided to re-brand their whole GPU and add two new GPU with their new top dog being the R9 290x.

Nvidia promptly announced price cut and new SKU to compete with the sub-250$.

I expect in the following months some prices adjustment but no release or announcement until 2014 as 20nm should arrive somewhere late Q1-Q2 2014.

If any 20nm GPU arrive early 2014 (Q1), the volume will be extremely small and pricey. Nvidia is more likely going to be the first to release to replace Titan 1k$ price tag as it is rumoured to drop to 800-900$. Either way, I don't think 20nm will bring any change in the market initially even after AMD launch. The price will be quite high like it was with 28nm at first and it won't affect current high-end 28nm generation price.

How do you foresee it? I am very tempted to grab a 7970 at 280$ but I can survive until spring. I can get now approx 150$ for my 5870 bringing the total cost of a 7970 to 160$ tax and shipping incl for 2+x the performance.
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Honest, if you want an upgrade, you could sell your 7970 before or after the new cards release and then get one of the new cards.

That's what I would do.
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The next big movement is going to be 20nm and that is where we are going to see the real performance increases from the hardware provided by both vendors.

At the moment it is in my opinion that AMD felt pressured to release a card to compete with the 780 and Titan and at that specific price point because the 7970 had been out for so long and is at a low price point. You always want to have that "premium" product that is offered at a "premium" price and the 290 and 290x are AMD's answers.

I'd advise you to upgrade to the 7970 and just be happy with it. For the price that it is going at now, it simply cannot be beat unless NVIDIA releases the rumored 770 TI at a similar price bracket which would eat away at 770 sales. The 7970 at 3GB of VRAM vs the 770 at 2GB is a no-brainer here. Get the 7970 and wait for 20nm to go into full scale.

I personally just brought a 780 at a great price and will just wait until Christmas of next year to decide what it is I am going to pick up next thumb.gif
    
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