Originally Posted by Wishmaker
The issue at hand is twofold in my view. Pascal was handled badly and puts the consumer in the delicate position of being a walking wallet and nothing else. Granted consumers have choice to spend or not but in the absence of high end alternatives from AMD, people who needed cards to replace their old cards and enthusiasts who want the best and latest, pulled the trigger.
People purchased Titan cards, best performance card out there. Fast forward, the 1080TI comes out, optimised and with better performance than the king of the hill at a better price. We all applauded NVIDIA, except those who burned cash on the original Titan, for coming to their senses and offering huge performance in the 800-950 EUR bracket.
A month later after the 1080Ti, we found ourselves in a pickle. The 1080Ti for the price range is not the king of the hill and the original Titan is being slapped in the face again. So Titan owners got wrecked twice: first with the 1080ti and now with the new Pascal at the same price of the old titan. All this happened in less than 1 year!
As a consumer with the budget to buy a high end card, I do not have the confidence that my purchase is going to have its top spot for longer than half a year. When I dish out 1000 euros on a GPU, I have certain expectations. I do not want to spend that much and then have NVIDIA release a product on the same price range for 10-15% more performance. I was a 1080ti owner for a few hours and was giddy like a school girl. Just to see that my 850+ euros were spent on a product that will be replaced for the same price range in a few months?
Good post. This release is making me think about this in my case (notes to myself?):
1) Not to upgrade my graphics card every year, but every 2 years or less. Titan X Maxwell/980TI SLI could still handle most games very well, at least in 1440p.
2) Hold on to your wallet. Don't fall for the hype and get blinded by the 10-20 % performance increase.
3) Ditch so called "ultra high-end" with graphics cards because there the high-end will only be high-end for six months and after that card is called midrange. Go for the newest GTX xx70 series or try to grab a bargain 1080 or 1080TI. They are not as expensive and you should still get some money out of them when you sell them. Every other component in our PCs will last years but not graphics cards. Also you can SLI them if you want. Graphics cards are the least of an so called "investment" if such thing even exists here and I have bought them since the Diamond Monster 3D Voodoo1.
4) I don't even have time to game everyday so the money just goes to waste if something better comes out every six months. I could pick a card by the games I actually play. I could even buy high-end cards from the store, finish a demanding game and return it to the store for a full refund. Then chances are I pick up a less demanding game. Crazy but that actually would work in my country with 30 day returns.
Probably going to hold on to my "good old" Titan X Pascal for now until 2018 and perhaps go the SLI route if cards start popping up in eBay..