AMD drops HD7900 prices, bundles three games
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http://semiaccurate.com/2012/04/16/amd-drops-hd7900-prices-bundles-three-games/

My favorite part of the article:

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These cuts are curious in light of Nvidia’s inability to supply any 28nm parts in volume, but we won’t complain too loudly.[/quote]

Seems I'm not the only one that noticed the 680's severe lack of being available.
http://semiaccurate.com/2012/04/16/amd-drops-hd7900-prices-bundles-three-games/



My favorite part of the article:





These cuts are curious in light of Nvidia’s inability to supply any 28nm parts in volume, but we won’t complain too loudly.




Seems I'm not the only one that noticed the 680's severe lack of being available.



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#1
Posted 04/16/2012 08:11 AM   
Someone should tell Newegg. They're still charging the same crackhead prices that the 7xxx series launched at. Premium 7970 models are priced at $580, which is just ridiculous.
Someone should tell Newegg. They're still charging the same crackhead prices that the 7xxx series launched at. Premium 7970 models are priced at $580, which is just ridiculous.

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#2
Posted 04/16/2012 08:36 AM   
[quote name='slamscaper' date='16 April 2012 - 02:36 AM' timestamp='1334565376' post='1396916']
Someone should tell Newegg. They're still charging the same crackhead prices that the 7xxx series launched at. Premium 7970 models are priced at $580, which is just ridiculous.
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Most of the promos Newegg has on cards expire today (4/16). I would assume they'll drop prices tomorrow or sometime this week. We'll see though... one thing's for sure, if they do drop to $479 I'll be goin' TriFire sooner than planned... $80 off is too good to pass up O_o lol Egg has always been kinda slow adopting price drops til they go through the stock they "bought" for a higher price.
[quote name='slamscaper' date='16 April 2012 - 02:36 AM' timestamp='1334565376' post='1396916']

Someone should tell Newegg. They're still charging the same crackhead prices that the 7xxx series launched at. Premium 7970 models are priced at $580, which is just ridiculous.





Most of the promos Newegg has on cards expire today (4/16). I would assume they'll drop prices tomorrow or sometime this week. We'll see though... one thing's for sure, if they do drop to $479 I'll be goin' TriFire sooner than planned... $80 off is too good to pass up O_o lol Egg has always been kinda slow adopting price drops til they go through the stock they "bought" for a higher price.



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#3
Posted 04/16/2012 08:46 AM   
[quote name='Honey Badger' date='16 April 2012 - 09:46 AM' timestamp='1334565987' post='1396917']
Most of the promos Newegg has on cards expire today (4/16). I would assume they'll drop prices tomorrow or sometime this week. We'll see though... one thing's for sure, if they do drop to $479 I'll be goin' TriFire sooner than planned... $80 off is too good to pass up O_o lol Egg has always been kinda slow adopting price drops til they go through the stock they "bought" for a higher price.
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Yeah, I'm still debating on picking up a brand new EVGA GTX 480 for $200 with the promo. That's an amazing price for this GPU considering that it's equivalent to a GTX 570 (with extra VRAM to boot). Since I already have another 480 and a PSU that can easily run 480 SLI, this deal is starting to make a lot of sense to me.

How about 2-way GTX 480 SLI for rendering and a GTX 580 for PhysX? LMAO, I bet no enthusiast in the world is running that combo.
[quote name='Honey Badger' date='16 April 2012 - 09:46 AM' timestamp='1334565987' post='1396917']

Most of the promos Newegg has on cards expire today (4/16). I would assume they'll drop prices tomorrow or sometime this week. We'll see though... one thing's for sure, if they do drop to $479 I'll be goin' TriFire sooner than planned... $80 off is too good to pass up O_o lol Egg has always been kinda slow adopting price drops til they go through the stock they "bought" for a higher price.





Yeah, I'm still debating on picking up a brand new EVGA GTX 480 for $200 with the promo. That's an amazing price for this GPU considering that it's equivalent to a GTX 570 (with extra VRAM to boot). Since I already have another 480 and a PSU that can easily run 480 SLI, this deal is starting to make a lot of sense to me.



How about 2-way GTX 480 SLI for rendering and a GTX 580 for PhysX? LMAO, I bet no enthusiast in the world is running that combo.

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#4
Posted 04/16/2012 09:08 AM   
[quote name='slamscaper' date='16 April 2012 - 03:08 AM' timestamp='1334567305' post='1396926']
Yeah, I'm still debating on picking up a brand new EVGA GTX 480 for $200 with the promo. That's an amazing price for this GPU considering that it's equivalent to a GTX 570 (with extra VRAM to boot). Since I already have another 480 and a PSU that can easily run 480 SLI, this deal is starting to make a lot of sense to me.

How about 2-way GTX 480 SLI for rendering and a GTX 580 for PhysX? LMAO, I bet no enthusiast in the world is running that combo.
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For that price I'd go that path as well, 480s are still nothin' to shake a stick at. Serious power. You gotta wonder if these price drops on the AMD side of the fence will trigger price drops of the 4xx-5xx-series from NVidia.
[quote name='slamscaper' date='16 April 2012 - 03:08 AM' timestamp='1334567305' post='1396926']

Yeah, I'm still debating on picking up a brand new EVGA GTX 480 for $200 with the promo. That's an amazing price for this GPU considering that it's equivalent to a GTX 570 (with extra VRAM to boot). Since I already have another 480 and a PSU that can easily run 480 SLI, this deal is starting to make a lot of sense to me.



How about 2-way GTX 480 SLI for rendering and a GTX 580 for PhysX? LMAO, I bet no enthusiast in the world is running that combo.





For that price I'd go that path as well, 480s are still nothin' to shake a stick at. Serious power. You gotta wonder if these price drops on the AMD side of the fence will trigger price drops of the 4xx-5xx-series from NVidia.



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#5
Posted 04/16/2012 09:22 AM   
The high-end 400 series cards are disappearing from retail as we speak. You won't even be able to buy them new (at least from retailers) for much longer. Newegg had six 480 models available just a few days ago and now only EVGA's model remains.

Once the 600 series becomes widely available, I'm sure the 500 series will drop slightly. Right now the 580 is priced too high to remain competitive, especially with AMD's upcoming price drop.
The high-end 400 series cards are disappearing from retail as we speak. You won't even be able to buy them new (at least from retailers) for much longer. Newegg had six 480 models available just a few days ago and now only EVGA's model remains.



Once the 600 series becomes widely available, I'm sure the 500 series will drop slightly. Right now the 580 is priced too high to remain competitive, especially with AMD's upcoming price drop.

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#6
Posted 04/16/2012 09:58 AM   
When your products are poorly engineered, have inferior drivers and features, and are inferior at every relevant buying metric about all you can do is lower prices and throw in a toaster...errr...three games.

The games are Nexuiz, the new Dirt, and Deus Ex HR so buyers will have to evaluate whether ownership of these and $20 (enough to buy almost 5 gallons of gas!) is enough to buy a card that has no TXAA, FXAA, Adaptive VSynch, 3d Vision, PhysX, CUDA, forced AO, and gets beat up in performance, heat, and noise.

Obviously the $70 price drop and games are due to GTX680s being judged superior by every web review site in the world, and 7970 sales ending the day they were launched. Prices will drop further though- AMD has to pay people to buy their crap these days and $20 isn't a big enough check.
When your products are poorly engineered, have inferior drivers and features, and are inferior at every relevant buying metric about all you can do is lower prices and throw in a toaster...errr...three games.



The games are Nexuiz, the new Dirt, and Deus Ex HR so buyers will have to evaluate whether ownership of these and $20 (enough to buy almost 5 gallons of gas!) is enough to buy a card that has no TXAA, FXAA, Adaptive VSynch, 3d Vision, PhysX, CUDA, forced AO, and gets beat up in performance, heat, and noise.



Obviously the $70 price drop and games are due to GTX680s being judged superior by every web review site in the world, and 7970 sales ending the day they were launched. Prices will drop further though- AMD has to pay people to buy their crap these days and $20 isn't a big enough check.

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#7
Posted 04/16/2012 10:04 AM   
Once again, this "severe lack of GTX 680s being available" must be just pertaining to the US as here in Canada I could go out and easily grab 15+ GTX 680s from local stores. I admit it's not as much as it could be but they are obtainable.

Also I do not think Canada will see these price drops as most 7970s still are up for anywheres from $619 - $579 (yeah still even after 4-5 months and a GTX 680 release...), whereas the GTX 680 costs $539 - $499 around here.
Once again, this "severe lack of GTX 680s being available" must be just pertaining to the US as here in Canada I could go out and easily grab 15+ GTX 680s from local stores. I admit it's not as much as it could be but they are obtainable.



Also I do not think Canada will see these price drops as most 7970s still are up for anywheres from $619 - $579 (yeah still even after 4-5 months and a GTX 680 release...), whereas the GTX 680 costs $539 - $499 around here.

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#8
Posted 04/16/2012 10:33 AM   
[quote name='Pelter' date='16 April 2012 - 04:33 AM' timestamp='1334572416' post='1396950']
Once again, this "severe lack of GTX 680s being available" must be just pertaining to the US as here in Canada I could go out and easily grab 15+ GTX 680s from local stores. I admit it's not as much as it could be but they are obtainable.

Also I do not think Canada will see these price drops as most 7970s still are up for anywheres from $619 - $579 (yeah still even after 4-5 months and a GTX 680 release...), whereas the GTX 680 costs $539 - $499 around here.
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Should apply to Canada as well but who knows. I'm eyeballin newest every few hours checking to see since I'll likely go ahead and pick up my third/final 7970 once the prices drop... The free games will be a neat addition to my collection if I pick up one with that offering. If the XFX double shot drops $80 it'd be 440$, and with the dual fan cooler its a beast at OCing like my two current cards are, will be a nice addition to maximize my eyefinity performance.
[quote name='Pelter' date='16 April 2012 - 04:33 AM' timestamp='1334572416' post='1396950']

Once again, this "severe lack of GTX 680s being available" must be just pertaining to the US as here in Canada I could go out and easily grab 15+ GTX 680s from local stores. I admit it's not as much as it could be but they are obtainable.



Also I do not think Canada will see these price drops as most 7970s still are up for anywheres from $619 - $579 (yeah still even after 4-5 months and a GTX 680 release...), whereas the GTX 680 costs $539 - $499 around here.





Should apply to Canada as well but who knows. I'm eyeballin newest every few hours checking to see since I'll likely go ahead and pick up my third/final 7970 once the prices drop... The free games will be a neat addition to my collection if I pick up one with that offering. If the XFX double shot drops $80 it'd be 440$, and with the dual fan cooler its a beast at OCing like my two current cards are, will be a nice addition to maximize my eyefinity performance.



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#9
Posted 04/16/2012 10:51 AM   
[quote name='Honey Badger' date='16 April 2012 - 11:51 AM' timestamp='1334573461' post='1396952']
Should apply to Canada as well but who knows. I'm eyeballin newest every few hours checking to see since I'll likely go ahead and pick up my third/final 7970 once the prices drop... The free games will be a neat addition to my collection if I pick up one with that offering. If the XFX double shot drops $80 it'd be 440$, and with the dual fan cooler its a beast at OCing like my two current cards are, will be a nice addition to maximize my eyefinity performance.
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Have you tried a PLP config yet with your Eyefinity setup? I'm wondering how that's working out for gaming these days.
[quote name='Honey Badger' date='16 April 2012 - 11:51 AM' timestamp='1334573461' post='1396952']

Should apply to Canada as well but who knows. I'm eyeballin newest every few hours checking to see since I'll likely go ahead and pick up my third/final 7970 once the prices drop... The free games will be a neat addition to my collection if I pick up one with that offering. If the XFX double shot drops $80 it'd be 440$, and with the dual fan cooler its a beast at OCing like my two current cards are, will be a nice addition to maximize my eyefinity performance.





Have you tried a PLP config yet with your Eyefinity setup? I'm wondering how that's working out for gaming these days.

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#10
Posted 04/16/2012 11:04 AM   
[quote name='slamscaper' date='16 April 2012 - 05:04 AM' timestamp='1334574253' post='1396957']
Have you tried a PLP config yet with your Eyefinity setup? I'm wondering how that's working out for gaming these days.
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Off topic: had a derp moment figuring out what PLP was. Lol. My side displays can't rotate, they are cheapy Acer units afterall. $169 each at Wal-Mart lol

I'm also wondering if this "sudden price drop" is a precursor to the impending 7990 release. Spose time will tell on that.
[quote name='slamscaper' date='16 April 2012 - 05:04 AM' timestamp='1334574253' post='1396957']

Have you tried a PLP config yet with your Eyefinity setup? I'm wondering how that's working out for gaming these days.





Off topic: had a derp moment figuring out what PLP was. Lol. My side displays can't rotate, they are cheapy Acer units afterall. $169 each at Wal-Mart lol



I'm also wondering if this "sudden price drop" is a precursor to the impending 7990 release. Spose time will tell on that.



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#11
Posted 04/16/2012 11:16 AM   
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Deus Ex HR, while a good game, costs $14-$15 new these days. Time will tell what the the Dirt sequel and "Nexuiz" will cost.

My thought is the diminished re-sale value of the 7970s now that they're shown to be be inferior to 680s offsets the value of the games. Just like people are avoiding new 7970s now, when people go to sell them when they wish to upgrade to next gen they will sit unsold as well. The only option resellers will have is the same one AMD has now: slash prices and/or throw in games. /unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' />
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Deus Ex HR, while a good game, costs $14-$15 new these days. Time will tell what the the Dirt sequel and "Nexuiz" will cost.



My thought is the diminished re-sale value of the 7970s now that they're shown to be be inferior to 680s offsets the value of the games. Just like people are avoiding new 7970s now, when people go to sell them when they wish to upgrade to next gen they will sit unsold as well. The only option resellers will have is the same one AMD has now: slash prices and/or throw in games. /unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' />

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#12
Posted 04/16/2012 11:24 AM   
[quote name='Honey Badger' date='16 April 2012 - 12:16 PM' timestamp='1334575017' post='1396962']
Off topic: had a derp moment figuring out what PLP was. Lol. My side displays can't rotate, they are cheapy Acer units afterall. $169 each at Wal-Mart lol

I'm also wondering if this "sudden price drop" is a precursor to the impending 7990 release. Spose time will tell on that.
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Yeah, back when the 5xxx series was in its prime a lot of folks were using a 30" display in landscape mode along with two 20" displays in portrait mode. In this configuration, the 20" displays line up perfectly with the top\bottom of the 30" display, creating a seamless setup that's not quite as wide as a standard triple monitor config. I always admired this setup, but gaming was not reliable unless all the monitors are configured in portrait or landscape mode. I'm wondering if that has changed with the 7xxx series.
[quote name='Honey Badger' date='16 April 2012 - 12:16 PM' timestamp='1334575017' post='1396962']

Off topic: had a derp moment figuring out what PLP was. Lol. My side displays can't rotate, they are cheapy Acer units afterall. $169 each at Wal-Mart lol



I'm also wondering if this "sudden price drop" is a precursor to the impending 7990 release. Spose time will tell on that.





Yeah, back when the 5xxx series was in its prime a lot of folks were using a 30" display in landscape mode along with two 20" displays in portrait mode. In this configuration, the 20" displays line up perfectly with the top\bottom of the 30" display, creating a seamless setup that's not quite as wide as a standard triple monitor config. I always admired this setup, but gaming was not reliable unless all the monitors are configured in portrait or landscape mode. I'm wondering if that has changed with the 7xxx series.

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#13
Posted 04/16/2012 11:27 AM   
While I concur that the 680 is the better choice for gaming overall, one should not forget that people choose the 7970 due to it GPGPU abilites and the 3GB VRAM. Also, the GTX680 still is a bit lacking in high resolutions. Not that 20fps in 5760x1080 is playable, but the notion that Nvidia GPUs are weak at high res stuck the last few gens.
While I concur that the 680 is the better choice for gaming overall, one should not forget that people choose the 7970 due to it GPGPU abilites and the 3GB VRAM. Also, the GTX680 still is a bit lacking in high resolutions. Not that 20fps in 5760x1080 is playable, but the notion that Nvidia GPUs are weak at high res stuck the last few gens.

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#14
Posted 04/16/2012 11:43 AM   
It's about time, the 7950 just costs too much.
It's about time, the 7950 just costs too much.



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#15
Posted 04/16/2012 11:48 AM   
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