Originally Posted by Fniz92
What is the purpose of this card? Having to deal with microstutters and SLI incompatibility to save a few bucks over a 780 Ti?
For those who didn't read the article, this is on the last page:
ASUS informed us before going to press that the GTX 760 MARS will be priced at £519.99 inc vat, which places it around £30-£50 less than competing GTX 780 Ti solutions.
This is more of an engineering thing than anything else. If it was a GTX 770 MARS, now that would be interesting, but this ? Why ? Having 2 GB of VRAM to play at 4K is definitely not future proof.
Originally Posted by Alatar
I hate this "price/performance comes before anything else with all products" mentality that seems to be the status quo on OCN with GPUs.
What you people are essentially saying is that all riced up designs that aren't using the very highest end GPU are stupid and shouldn't exist. This card is an ROG product, they're never good price/performance and I don't know why people still expect them to be.
Higher end non ref riced up designs for lower end GPUs are pretty much the same thing as high end mobos for mainstream sockets. Makes no sense price/performance wise but at least with CPUs and mobos people can understand that for some people it's not all about price/performance.
Buying this card or a matrix card or an extreme board or any other overpriced ROG product isn't stupid. You just get a choice, you can either buy a bare bones design with good price/performance or a higher end design with more features with worse price/performance.
High end mobos aren't complicated to understand so I don't get it why people can't understand the same things when it comes to GPUs.
I wouldn't buy this just like I wouldn't buy a Maximus VI Extreme, but I'm not going to call this card or the Maximus VI Extreme bad products or the people who buy them stupid just because I can't see the value for my own usage.
The problem is that this isn't a solution to any problem. In the case of, say, a Core i7-4960X compared to a Core i7-4930K, you can still make the argument that you may have some software that you need to use that takes advantage of all the L3 cache, or that the IMC can handle higher memory speeds or that it can overclock slightly better. The thing with this card is that it just makes very little sense compared to solutions Nvidia provides.
In the case of the GTX 690, it is still the fastest card Nvidia has, even though they don't make it anymore, but it has a purpose, you can live with having to wait for SLI profiles, and higher frame latency, but it delivers performance higher than you can achieve with a single card.
Now here is a super expensive card than costs just £30-£50 less than a GTX 780 Ti, which is a much better card for the money. You get more VRAM, more memory bandwidth, both of which are crucial to justify a purchase for at least a year considering you may target 4K with it, not to mention lower frame latency and no SLI compatibility problems. Not to mention the scaling of going with two of these (Quad SLI) or going with two GTX 780 Ti's (SLI), clearly favours the GTX 780 Ti solution.
The cost-benefit isn't there.Edited by tpi2007 - 11/19/13 at 5:28pm