Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ
Talking about fanboys cashing in, seems like a moot point since actual enthusiasts which are buying a $700 enthusiast grade card are not going to simply say "I'm going to buy this card, before I see results."
Remember how many people were jumping on the 290X pre-orders without seeing real-world benchmarks? Because I seem to recall quite a few people commenting that they were jumping on the pre-order bandwagon for the BF4 edition simply because it was rumored to beat the 780 hands down and be roughly even with the Titan... And we still have yet to see a broad sample of real-world overclocking results of the 290X so I think it's a bit premature to speculate that the 780 is proven to beat it hands down when overclocked.
As far as people buying the 780 Ti over the 290X... I still stand by what I said... there will be many people that pass on the 780 Ti simply because the $150 per card savings will be the cost of the water block and fittings for each card. However those willing to pay the price premium if the benchmarks stand up and show that it destroys the 290X simply because they want the top notch performance available will do so. We're really talking about under 1% of the buying market here, if that. There will be fanboys that buy their preferred brand simply out of brand loyalty... and there will those of us, myself included, that will have a budget to work within and will juggle things to get what they believe is the best bang for that budget.
Also, you'll have to forgive my slight lapse of reason and lacking depth of explanation in my previous post.. these 55-72 hour work weeks are really starting to catch up to me, lol. For people wanting to go with air, yes aftermarket coolers are hands-down better than the reference coolers... but my point about each brand's proprietary aftermarket cooler set-up is still valid. After all, the only brand to really come out with a new aftermarket cooler design in the last couple years that stands out in my mind is EVGA's ACX. However, if one wants a tolerably quiet rig and be able to squeeze the max performance they can from their rig, water is the way to go. I omitted that point. Often a reference card, once placed under water, can achieve the same overclocks as an aftermarket air cooler with ease, and generally surpass them with ease as well. For clarification and edification... I'm used to people referring to the physical PCB design of the card when talking about reference and on-reference, not the cooling solution for the card. Long work days, unwinding with Irish coffees, and listening to music while I read doesn't always make for the best concentration. My apologies for not tracking with the conversation 100%...
Back to the main topic though, I'm personally very interested in seeing how things shake out over the next few months with the release of the 780 Ti and the way the price war is heating up between AMD and Nvidia. My next build may end up being done is several stages, but it's not going to be the average PC builders rig, it will be an enthusiast class build. I've always wanted a top-notch rig, and I'm finally at a point in life where I'll be able to afford it... I'm looking at running 7680 x 1440, so naturally I'm weighing the options of 780 SLI vs 290X Crossfire vs 780 Ti SLI as any under those will be underpowered for that resolution with the growth we're going to see in game developing over the next few years as the move towards UHD develops and the 4K monitors and TVs become cheaper to produce. For the time being though, why not run a panoramic 1440P set-up to really get a good taste of the GPUs' capabilities, whichever fits my budget best and I settle upon?Edited by SpacemanSpliff - 10/29/13 at 2:44am