Originally Posted by Newbie2009
I would have been one of those people admittedly. However my defense is it was before I water cooled anything. I thought Fermi was a pig. Now none of that bothers me.
But, you have to admit, the people on this forum that actually go custom is already a ridiculously small portion of the forum-goers here, and OCN is an incredibly small portion of the market to begin with.
Most people, regarding either side, just want to buy a card, and be done with it. Most don't want to take off the cooler on their card, and replace it with an aftermarket solution. It might be because they are afraid (probably the majority), or that they just don't want to. Those people consist of a ridiculous majority of the market for dGPUs.
Not to mention, Hawaii seems to be a solid card for professional use, but those who are going to buy it for professional use aren't going to want a card like this in a workstation rig because of the sheer volume of this card when it is being pushed. And they sure as heck aren't going to be putting it under water. And the semi-professional/professional market is arguably just as large, or larger than the consumer market for dGPUs.
This 290 seems to be a spectacular card, and at a great price, but AMD shot themselves in the foot with this launch. And its amusing seeing people defending that at all costs in this thread. Every good point tends to always come with a bad point. Always has, always will.