Originally Posted by criminal
I bought the original Titan, so I know where you are coming from. I paid to play, but I still had buyers remorse after the 780 dropped though. Not because I didn't know something else was coming along, but because I bought into the whole mythical halo product that the Titan was supposed to be. To my surprise when the 780 dropped months later for $650, it had the same cooler and build quality of the Titan. Plus it overclocked better and got custom versions! There was nothing about the Titan that made it halo except for the name and the 6GB of vram (if you needed it and I didn't). So as cool as this Titan X is and how fast it is, there is really nothing special about it but its speed and the vram (if you need it).
So I am not jumping on board this go around because unlike last time, I know the Titan isn't getting any special "features" except for the gobs of vram. I will wait until AMD releases their next card, see how Nvidia counters and then decide if I need(want) to buy something new.
Yep, I agree with everything you said there. Believe it or not, I'm a self admitted cheap bastard.
I drive to Micro Center (over 80 miles away) to get great deals on CPUs and mobos when it's upgrade time, and I do everything I can to save money and still have a killer rig. Heck I even called my rig "EconoGamer" because it's usually a bang-for-the-buck type of build. I stayed away from OG Titan, went with a 780 reference card when it came out, then upgraded again to an amazing 780 Ti (Palit Jetstream 780 Ti) custom card that has served me well for quite a while. I didn't see the point in 980 at all since my 780 Ti was actually a lot faster than a stock 980.
All this being said, I didn't hesitate to pull the trigger for several reasons. My friend is buying the 780 Ti for a good price, since it's such a great card, and I have a bunch of old hardware laying around that I'm getting rid of now (should have done this months ago). My out of pocket for the T-X is most likely going to be $300 or less, once the old parts are gone. I think many people do this, and you really have to factor that in to their buying decision. They're really not THAT crazy.
Take szeged for example, he has 3 cards (at least) that he's gonna sell, and probably some other stuff as well. That will help offset the cost of his 4 Titan X cards.