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they sold out in a matter of hours, missed the deal by the time i woke up in the morning : (

Im worried that next time they are in stock they wont be 150 anymore.

I wouldn't worry. The 750ti does Litecoin mining around the same rate as the 265 and uses less power.thumb.gifthumb.gif
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I just thought of another question: the R7 265's release is late, and when the card finally launches it's only one brand, one model and it sells out in a matter of hours, the question is: given that 28nm is mature by now, and that Pitcairn is fairly small (compared to Tahiti and Hawaii) how many defective Pitcairn chips do they have to actually sell instead of artificially having to make them and creating marketshare for that price segment ?

After all, if the R9 270X and R9 270's are selling above MSRP by a fair amount, possibly due to mining, so, even if they don't benefit from the extra money being charged, they do make more profit on these by definition by selling all they can, so what possible incentive do they have to possibly make these cards (assuming yields are good enough that they would actually have to gimp GPUs in order to meet a certain quota) ?

I'm just wondering if we will ever see a meaningful number of R7 265's on the market until the mining craze cools off a bit.


Remember, they also took a long time to announce the R9 280, and its official release price is not much lower compared to the R9 280X's official release price, I figure yields are too good to pass selling all the pricier chips they can.
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Well, they are making the GPUs in the PS4, which I believe are Pitcairn-based with 18 CUs. There are guaranteed to be yield issues, but remember that Curaco initially launched with just the 270 and 270X, both of which are full Curaco. This is likely leftover stock that just didn't quite make it. Whether they have to intentionally limit perfectly good chips or not remains to be seen.
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tpi2007 if they disabled R9 270s just for the sake of having R7 265 on the market I will laugh at R7 265s unlocking to R9 270s

It's quite possible for earlier batches similar to R9 290 that the dies are not laser cut due to time / laziness
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