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7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:08 am

So I was taking a look at Newegg today and noticed that the 6950 and 6970 prices have skyrocketed. This probably means that AMD has stopped production of them. You could find a 6950 for $230 a few months ago, now it's $300. The 6970 is close to $400 now. To me, this means bad news for the 78xx launch. Early rumors have the 7870 priced at $300. My prediction is the performance will probably be a little better than the 6950. From a price/performance standpoint, this will be the 7770 launch all over again. So why not buy a 6950 now? Because there are none left at a decent price. When the 7870 launches, the consumer will end up spending $70 more for a card that is only marginally better than the 6950. Kepler cannot come soon enough.
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Re: 7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:57 am

This happens with every release from either company...it's almost always best to wait until the next company plays catch-up.
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Re: 7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:58 am

The 7870 will be a good bit better than the 6950. It's a die shrink of the 6970 so it will be better than the 6970. The good 6950's (shader unlock) are hard to find anyway. A stock 6950 vs a stock 6970 is around difference 8-10% FPS. Then add to that for the 7870 over the 6950. I can't speak to what the prices will be when they launch, but I expect them to be pretty good performance wise compared to the 6900 series.
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Re: 7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:45 pm

bru_05 wrote:The 7870 will be a good bit better than the 6950. It's a die shrink of the 6970 so it will be better than the 6970
Nope, the 7870 i.e. "Pitcairn" is a brand new GPU based on "GCN" architecture. It is not a die shrink of Cayman.

Edit: ugh, too many typos. :cry:
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Re: 7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:00 pm

flip-mode wrote:
bru_05 wrote:The 7870 will be a good bit better than the 6950. It's a die shrink of the 6970 so it will be better than the 6970
Nope, the 7870 i.e. "Pitcairn" is a brand new GPU based on "GCN" architecture. It is not a die shrink of Cayman.

Edit: ugh, too many typos. :cry:


Even better then. I thought it was a die shrink, must've read that somewhere. I still expect it to be a nice step up from the 6900 series. But, I've been wrong before :)
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Re: 7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:21 pm

bru_05 wrote:
flip-mode wrote:
bru_05 wrote:The 7870 will be a good bit better than the 6950. It's a die shrink of the 6970 so it will be better than the 6970
Nope, the 7870 i.e. "Pitcairn" is a brand new GPU based on "GCN" architecture. It is not a die shrink of Cayman.

Edit: ugh, too many typos. :cry:


Even better then. I thought it was a die shrink, must've read that somewhere. I still expect it to be a nice step up from the 6900 series. But, I've been wrong before :)

There may be a lesson to be learned from the 7770 launch. The 7770 is technically the successor to the 5770 / 6770. The 7770 is slower than the 6850. So the 7870, technically the successor to the 6870, could end up being a fair bit slower than the 6970. Going to have to wait and see. Technically, the 7970 is the successor to the 6970.
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Re: 7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:44 pm

AMD always seems to pull this type of pricing scheme though. When the 5830 came out it was priced at $240 - wayyyyy overpriced for how it performed. Then the GTX 460 came out is was the $200 king. I bought one right away and have not looked back. It made the 5830 irrelevant and AMD was forced to price it that way.

I would actually buy a 7850 if I didn't have this feeling that Kepler will produce a $250 winner with much more bang for the buck. Basically, I have faith that Nvidia will not produce a card that is only marginally better than a GTX 560 T.I. but priced significantly more. Now, if the 7870 launched at an aggressive $250, then it changes everything - it would become the mid-range gamer's go-to card. But from what I saw in the 7770 launch, this is absolutely not going to happen.
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Re: 7870/7850 launch

Postposted on Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:47 pm

flip-mode wrote:There may be a lesson to be learned from the 7770 launch. The 7770 is technically the successor to the 5770 / 6770. The 7770 is slower than the 6850. So the 7870, technically the successor to the 6870, could end up being a fair bit slower than the 6970. Going to have to wait and see. Technically, the 7970 is the successor to the 6970.


True, I guess I'm still stuck in my old thought that it was a die shrink... I suppose they will prolly line up pretty close to the 6900 series, but if they can overclock like the 7900 then they should end up doing alright.
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