Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn
They already experienced the bubble first-hand when everybody was out of stock of 290s and 290Xs when the mining craze peaked. It was good short-term but terrible long-term. As for why Fiji is in such short supply, there are three integrated circuits that could be the culprit. First, the GPU itself, a 596mm2
monster that's practically at TSMC's limits. Second, the HBM itself, the memory chips. And third, the silicon interposer for HBM. It's surprisingly complicated for what it is, using a 65nm process to build it. Granted, it has no logic and is in effect an ultra-precise circuit board, but it is a new method of doing things.
Fury X is basically the same as a 980Ti. It's slower by a few percentage points, which is overall negligible. For the same price however, it includes a liquid cooler. In terms of value I'd say they're about equal. Power consumption and efficiency? Oh, please, who actually cares?
That's always cited on enthusiast forums, but I never see it affect purchasing decisions with few exceptions. Those are primarily the small systems that things like the R9 Nano are targeting when it actually matters.
I agree with you in principle, in that power consumption and efficiency seems to be a staple talking point when comparing nVidia and AMD cards, and when every other comparison fails, efficiency and the tried and true "but drivers!" always gets thrown out to prove some sort of superiority.
Now with that being said, while I don't give a damn about power consumption insofar as how many watts the GPU is pulling from the wall, I do care about it to the extent that higher power consumption translates to more heat, and gaming with a 500-600W space heater right beside me isn't a very comfortable experience, especially during the summer months. (both of my 970s are overclocked to the hilt, and it seems they pull around 200W each on average, with less demanding games going as low as 170W, and games like BF4 pulling almost 250W each
So, if two GPUs offer similar performance, and one uses 50W less power, everything else being equal (which we know never happens), I'll probably favor the one that uses less power. But only to the extent that it puts out less heat, not because of some "it's 2015, you should try to conserve energy" or "go green!" tree-hugging BS.