Originally Posted by raghu78
i am saying there might be reasons for this sudden 15% discount before R9 290X launches.
it looks like Nvidia is going to anyway cut prices on GTX 770 and GTX 780 cards sometime this month after Oct 15th.
The bad thing is this is the kinda talk you always hear around an amd launch... Oh hey the competition is giving coupons so those slides showing xxxxxxxxx to blow the latest Intel/nvidia out of the water must be accurate.
But then they release their highly pre ordered tight lipped product and it kinda flops, usually in more ways than one. I really want this card to succeed so don't get me wrong, it's just I've seen amd release their processors and cards a bunch of times and they don't always measure up to the hype (even more so on the cpu side of course, but the price premiums for nvidia are usually worth not having all the extra little bugs...
Which kinda brings it to the point of price. AMD really needs to bring their price/performance home with this lineup and their not doing it so far with their 2 yr old rebanded lineup that also costs more. Who knows, maybe the 290x will be the exception as opposed to the rule, but if not amd is just digging a hole and with nvidia rightly lowering their product prices near the time of a competitors new lineup (as they should do no matter the other teams performance) it may just bury Amd a little deeper.
As to the guy with the coupon, I'd use it and pick the lowest possible shipping speed/leave a note saying not to drop it off if your not home... that will hold you out till the 15th to see what the competition is bringing and if amd brings it to the table you can reject the package and not be out any return shipping fees/get all your cash back... If amd flops though you'll have a nice shiny new card you can pick up at the local PO/UPS and at a great price.Edited by Jesse D - 10/8/13 at 5:00am