Radeon HD 7990 quietly drops below $700

Is it me, or is AMD’s Radeon HD 7990 getting more and more appealing? Last week, we were treated to AMD’s first frame-pacing driver, whose multi-GPU frame synchronization mojo vastly improved the 7990’s rendering smoothness. Today, we’ve noticed that several version of the Radeon HD 7990 are selling for less than $700—much less, in some cases.

Newegg, for one, offers a PowerColor Radeon HD 7990 for $699.99 before a $70 mail-in rebate. There’s another variant available for $699.99 before a $50 rebate, and you can grab an XFX model for $729.99 before a $30 rebate. Other flavors of the 7990 seem to be selling for upwards of $730.

I’m not seeing prices anywhere near that low at Amazon and TigerDirect. Amazon’s cheapest 7990 goes for $789.99 right now, and TigerDirect only goes below $800 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Still, those prices are substantially below the card’s $999.99 launch price.

Our benchmarks show that, when aided by AMD’s frame-pacing driver, the Radeon HD 7990 is as fast or faster than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 690 and GTX Titan—and neither of those Nvidia offerings are listed for much less than $999.99 right now. AMD’s frame-pacing driver is still in beta, of course, and the 7990 is still prey to the pitfalls of multi-GPU rendering, unlike the single-chip GTX Titan. Nevertheless, the 7990’s price advantage is hard to overlook—and the card still ships with eight free games, including BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and Tomb Raider.

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    • TAViX
    • 7 years ago

    Not in Europe….

    • Klimax
    • 7 years ago

    Frankly, bundles are heavily overrated and shouldn’t be included in value-comparison. (Frequent Steam an co. sales devalue that and their often one-time thing unlike card)

    Their marketing gimmicks, nothing more.

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      I’d say it’s a pretty good marketing gimmick if you’re getting a bunch of $50 games and then they throw a hefty price cut on top of it (see the price of 7970s and 770s).

        • Klimax
        • 7 years ago

        Only few games last on 50USD tier for some time before drop. (And then there are also Steam-like sales…) And only few games will last you some time (Far Cry) After that you’re left with just card and its value on its own.

        ETA: BTW: I’d say long lasting games like X…

          • Bensam123
          • 7 years ago

          lol, you’re complaining about getting quite a few AAA games as a bonus on top of a card that performs quite well? They were handing out vouchers for Bioshock Infinite! How much newer do you want things?

          As I mentioned this is on top of the fact that the card performs well and right now a 7970 is selling for $70 less then the 770 which matches it’s performance.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      Well, “marketing gimmicks” are one thing. I agree to some extent. I don’t buy the, “The games are worth $50” argument. I mean, you can go buy the games for less than $20 if you’re smart about your timing on a bundle and the bundle lasts as long as, for example, AMD’s did.

      So I’d price the bundle as $10-15 per game as the safe answer. Still, with THIS many games, you’re talking a decent chunk o’ change back when you sell them. Since most everyone has them that’s going to be buying video cards like this, right?

      That’s like a hidden rebate. It’s a decent deal.

      And no, I think the “value comparison” shouldn’t include the bundles except as a mention. “If it’s important to you, you also get,” kinda thing. Nothing is guaranteed about the sales of said games. I’d wager that by April or May, A LOT of people who consider themselves enthusiasts had bought Bioshock Infinite via either a new AMD GPU or an eBay from someone who was. So everyone buying cards now would be getting something they’d almost certainly resell (or give away).

      There’s value. LIke you, I question what that value is and how to measure it in comparison to straight-up price differences.

      • torquer
      • 7 years ago

      I agree to a point. They should not be considered in value comparisons because the value is not equal to all potential buyers. For example, if I own or don’t want any of those games, it brings me no value to have them bundled. Another $50 off the price, however, offers equal value to all purchasers. I feel the same way about mail in rebates because they are often unreliable.

      “Value” should be determined based solely on performance and MSRP, ignoring all sales, promotions, rebates, and bundles. That’s the only way to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Those extra items should be considered by the individual purchaser and value added where appropriate based on that individual’s needs/preferences/etc.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        Well put.

      • designerfx
      • 7 years ago

      games sell easily, so umm, no. that’s extra $$ back.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Looking a bit more you can buy a 7970 for $315 with MIRs and free games on Newegg now with the cheapest 770 being $390. Nvidia is completely falling behind the price curve.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    Best part is that should push the Titan down in price. Would pick up another at the $800 mark for my other development machine.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      I doubt it. The 7990 Malta was rumored to be EOL’ed at the end of September about a month ago. They resurrected this thing from the graveyard of bad ideas to try and rain on Titan’s parade ahead of the 780, but this largely failed because of all the fallout from the Frame Latency Fiasco and the subsequent promise of drivers to come in “June-July,” which became “end of July” which became August 1st for a Phase 1 driver. So an EOL in September ahead of a new series of cards in December as an early launch a la the 7970 two years prior makes a lot of sense. They were having trouble keeping the thing clocked high and were having trouble supporting quad-crossfire with two of these, too.

      I imagine they don’t want 7990 inventory just sitting around and they had to pick the absolute very best GPU’s to even make 7990 in the first place.

      A firesale ensures they clear the shelves, get some positive word of mouth, possibly take some mindshare (if not profits) from Titan/780/690, and get the word out about their new drivers and frame latency. It might also build some momentum toward a 9xxx series launch (since the 8xxx series is a notebook-only refresh of the 7xxx series).

      I wonder if they’ll do some variation on the old 9700 and 9800 series to remind people of those classic and hugely popular cards. I had one of each and they were every bit as awesome as “legends say.”

    • internetsandman
    • 7 years ago

    Any word on how long that game bundle will last? I dunno if the price drop is effective here in Canada, but if it is and I can get all those games with it, it’s a score. It’s just a shame it’s not a serious jump up from what I have performance wise; I’m currently running a 4GB GTX 680, hell if I can sell that for a couple hundred it’ll make this card an absolute steal

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Read my post. Same deals are in Canada.

    • ThorAxe
    • 7 years ago

    It’s faster in some cases but it also has more latency.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    There are a couple on NCIX for us Canucks

    [url<]http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=83515&vpn=AX7990%206GBD5-2DHJ&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1300[/url<] [url<]http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=83400&vpn=FX799AXNF9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1300[/url<]

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    ONLY $700?? COUNT ME IN!

    • JosiahBradley
    • 7 years ago

    Everyone can thank me as I just get a shiny new MSI 7970 Lightning BE, so of course prices dropped so drastically.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Well thank you then.

      For anybody else who’s lawn is dying from lack of rain, I will be washing my car on Saturday. You’re welcome!

    • 5150
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Is it me, or is AMD's Radeon HD 7990 getting more and more appealing?[/quote<] At $699? It's just you.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      No, it’s me too.

    • Airmantharp
    • 7 years ago

    Would be cool if it had 12GB of RAM. Why is that hard? I’d take two!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      Why stop at 12GB? Why not 64GB just to be extra silly?

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        Why not just make it 12GB, so you’d have the 6GB per GPU that’s already supported?

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      It’s kinda interesting to note how 16MB was awesome back in the Voodoo3 days when 3D gaming was still quite new.

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      Hmmm if manufacturers are doing it themselves, it makes you wonder why the companies don’t do it from the beginning. Cannibalize their workstation card sales?

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        Yup- same question goes for not putting 6GB on the GTX780, or 8GB (4GB per GPU) on the GTX690.

        • designerfx
        • 7 years ago

        or it could be that aside from driving higher resolution screens and/or more total displays, you’re not going to get that much benefit?

          • Airmantharp
          • 7 years ago

          …that much benefit, [i<]today.[/i<] That all changed when the new consoles bumped up to 8GB, where the games can use 4GB-5GB.

          • Bensam123
          • 7 years ago

          Anything workstation related. Simulation, rendering, compute…

          Obviously it wouldn’t really help video games or what not.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    From what I’ve seen, Newegg is the first to adopt new prices and then they trickle down through other retailers. Usually Amazon just plays catch up and price matches Newegg (to which Newegg uses discount codes to mess that up). I’m guessing Newegg either has some sort of agreement with manufacturers so they know first or they have insider information.

    Either way this is probably a pretty good premonition that the 8xxx series is on the horizon (maybe in the next month or so?). The only reason to discount this deeply is right before launch when they want to move inventory. I’m sure the ultra expensive cards don’t move fast normally.

    $315 for a 7970 is a good price. I honestly think these cards should be priced this way in the first place. It has to be cheaper to make these then two 7970s and most people wouldn’t think about buying one, so it sweetens the deal for the otherwise hard to sell high end. If this is just normal activity I think this is a really good idea.

    Although I did notice 7970 prices drop substantially last week with some outliers, it looks like they’re selling for a bit over $300 with mirs. So probably new generation launch is on the horizon.

      • 0g1
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, maybe November/December. Although AMD said the 7000 series was to be stable throughout 2013. So maybe 8000 series in 2014 Q1. And just price reduction on 7000 series for 4 months. Maybe those 7990 rebates are a sign of the price dropping to $650 rrp. And maybe the 7970 will drop to $275 – $299 rrp. They would sell a whole bunch in 4 months at those prices.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        Stable could mean any number of things… They could introduce new cards and still produce the older generation through the end of the year.

          • gamoniac
          • 7 years ago

          I was thinking the same thing. With pricing like this, I suspect 8xxx to be on the horizon sooner than later. Big price cut in 7990 could also indicate a big improvement in the 8xxx series, who knows. Man, imagine what the Cyber Monday deals are going to be in a few months. $550 for a 7990?

            • 0g1
            • 7 years ago

            Wow, $550 for a 7990 … I’d grab two lol.

    • DPete27
    • 7 years ago

    IIRC, the Powercolor Devil13 was released before the official 7990 launch. Still two 7970’s, but other than the slight core OC on the Devil13, are there any differences between the two?

      • juzz86
      • 7 years ago

      The pre-AMD release ‘7990s’ were a bit harder (~75W I think?) on the juice than the AMD-endorsed product. I think ASUS had one of these, too.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Radeon HD 7990 quietly drops below $700[/quote<] See! I told you those low-noise fans would be handy.

      • Voldenuit
      • 7 years ago

      I’m glad they moved away from blow-hards.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      They’ll all be loud when you’re running folding at full tilt.

      And be prepared for a whopper electric bill.

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