Originally Posted by Kokin
Reference 7990s went as low as $550 with rebates. I remember being super tempted to get one from either Amazon or Newegg, in which I really wish I went through with. Kinaerthetic is correct that only the non-reference Powercolor 7990 went as low as $500.
bencher is saying $600 in a matter of a year or two, not even this year. I honestly don't see why everyone is reacting so gallantly towards his posts. I too am waiting to get a dual-GPU card since mITX only supports one GPU and 1440p @ 120hz is really hard to drive. I doubt I can afford one until after I graduate school so given the time span of 1~2 years, I'm happy to wait for that.
Honestly, the main point I was trying to drive across with my post is that in the end, prices aren't going to fall that low, that fast. And by the time prices do hit that low, you'll almost always end up having a single die card capable of equal to higher performance than a dual die card.
And the only reason the 7990s went as low as they did, was because:
- AMD didn't have the brand recognition to pull an Nvidia ($1K dual GPU price point) at the same time as their competitor (Nvidia).
- The whole micro-stutter fiasco (which thankfully has been fixed, mostly) with dual + GPUs.
- The product just wasn't selling due to points 1 & 2.
If even at least point 2 hadn't been a problem at the release of the card, AMD would've never slashed the MSRP of their 7990, nor would it have ever gone on Firesale. Because in the end, it would've had the performance/performance characteristics to justify it cost @ $1000 MSRP.
Powercolor's essential firesale of their own 7990 cards only happened around the same time AMD started slashing prices of their reference 7990, which would've given it a year since its release to have its firesale. And only because they EOL'd the card, and it just so happened to run into the problems I outlined in points #1 & 2.
And now you have the 780Ti/290X essentially vying to beat the previous generation dual die GPUs with a small performance deficit compared to the dual die GPUs. Its just easier to go for the single die/card config in the end imo.