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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Tue May 08, 2012 9:56 pm

Newegg's reported 11.4 inches probably will not, but a hole has already been cut in the case: All I'd have to do is leave the front panel off: Not ideal, but nothing I can't handle.

That said, I compared screenshots (newegg takes really consistent photos) and the dimensions are exactly the same as the 10.5" cards which should fit with the front panel on also.

Given the potential for such excellent compute performance (If I am not mistaken the GCN cards are as of now the most powerful gaming purposed GPGPUs available) it's a shame they can't fold worth a crap right now. Oh well. I'll have mine sitting idle and sipping power.
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Thu May 10, 2012 11:10 am

I won't be getting the 7950 till Monday, and we're actually starting to see pretty good availability of GTX 670 which should probably be making me upset but I'm really not because I actually care about GCN's compute superiority.

And I run a single 1920 display. A 670 will be both faster and consume less power while gaming, for the same price, however...
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 1:13 pm

Newegg wrote:We apologize for the inconvenience. At this time, item (GTX680) has been removed from your shopping cart because of insufficient stock.
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 1:29 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Newegg wrote:We apologize for the inconvenience. At this time, item (GTX680) has been removed from your shopping cart because of insufficient stock.


Yea, people still seem to be willing to buy this model... Which is somewhat surprising - GTX670 performs very close to GTX680, is cheaper and it is (as of right now) more readily available, I just saw "superclocked" version in stock at EVGA and Newegg and a Galaxy and Gigabyte models in stock at Amazon (sold by Amazon) and also at Newegg.
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 1:30 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Newegg wrote:We apologize for the inconvenience. At this time, item (GTX680) has been removed from your shopping cart because of insufficient stock.


Just get a 670...

680 is instock at TD *right now*
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 11:00 pm

Newegg also wrote:GeForce GTX680 has been removed from shopping cart due to quantity limitation/insufficient stock. Some combo items might be affected by this.


This might be a decent graphics card... if it actually existed.
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 11:24 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
This might be a decent graphics card... if it actually existed.

????

I'm about to order a 670 myself. So I can test+compare the 7950 with it. I've got a Kill-A-Watt meter. And a good bit of extra money in the bank :)

Newegg's got that nice 30-day return policy.

Edit: Nah, I'm gonna wait for a 4GB 670. Hopefully that will roll around before 30 days is up.

Also, looking at the new reviews out for the 670, there are quite a few games where the 7950 outperforms the 670! On the power consumption front the 7950 is very competitive with 670 also.

Given GCN's superior compute capability and the fact that BF3 (which is the only current game I expect to play for any extended amount of time) actually runs faster on a 7950 than a 670 as of today, AND the 7950 will have better and quieter cooling (I have to shell out $450 for a non-reference 670) I think I'm actually keeping that 7950.

The slightly older 680 reviews showed the GCN cards really struggling to keep up with the 680, but in the newer 670 reviews they have really closed the gap. A reasonable explanation would be that AMD has done a better job improving drivers than Nvidia during this period.

Update: So the 7950 I ordered is waiting for me at home, and I also just placed an order for the Gigabyte GTX 670. Both these cards have that MONSTER 3-fan cooler...

So I'm real happy about this because I'll have plenty of time to decide which card to keep... The only problem I anticipate is that the 670 is 11 inches and I expect the tip of the plastic shroud will be in direct conflict with the aluminum front panel of my case. I already cut a hole in the steel part of the case which is at about 10.25" but there is only half an inch between that point and the front of the front panel. I can multilate the tip (probably voids the card's warranty) or I could cut a hole in the front of my case (ugly as hell). I don't think it's likely I'll be able to remove the shroud without also removing those fans.
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Tue May 22, 2012 2:42 pm

I'd buy a 7790 that performs like a 6870, or a 650 Ti that peforms like a 560 with a lower TDP. Unfortunately, neither card exists yet. I'd buy either, even at $180.

The thing is a card that meets that criteria can play my max 1080p resolution with pretty much all modern games. I am simply waiting for something that can do it with a TDP less than 130W because I'm gonna keep it for the next 4+ years. Anything above a 6870 or a 560 is simply a waste in my opinion as the difference is only visible above that resolution or with multi-monitor settings. I have no budget for multiple monitors, nor do I have a budget for a 7850.
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Wed May 30, 2012 8:08 pm

GeForce GTX680 is actually in stock at Newegg this evening.
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Re: What's the deal with video card prices?

Postposted on Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:22 pm

So Newegg isn't taking the 7950 back without slapping on the restocking fee. :x :evil: :cry:
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