Also in the same boat, in fact I stumbled upon this thread checking previous SD's of the 7950.
Personally waiting out on the Gigabyte version, since I'm running a SFF, I'd rather it be as cool as possible and will pay just a little more. I'll bite around at around $250 with Newegg/NCIX/TigerDirect as they seem to be the only online stores with the 3 game bundle.
BTW, I've heard good things about O/C'ing the Sapphire
There has been a total lack of video card's seen on black Friday ads so far. All i have seen was a XFX 7850 1GB on tiger directs ad for $150 after $20 rebate. That deal is terrible because it involves a rebate, it's only the 1GB version and it only has 1 fan. Newegg showed a few deals on their facebook page but only listed the 650 GTX for $70. I don't know why any gamer would care about either of these deals with how weak the cards are.
All we can really do is sit around and wait until the deals actually go live on Newegg and Amazon. What really irritates me is seeing a tiger direct ad only showing 1 video card... and not even a good one at that. Prepare to be flooded with console ads though, as expected. /rant off.
I definitely think so. I just hope it isn't that crappy sapphire one.
Uhm, as other people have sort of alluded to, Sapphire cards are NOT crappy; in fact, from my experience they run quiet and maintain low temps even OC'd to the gills.
I don't give a shit about bundled games, I just want to pick up a 7950 for under $250...had the Amazon one in cart and was informed I had been pwn3d out of it on the final checkout page - bollocks! Although if they have the Sapphire 7970 with the built-in VRM heatsink coverage for $300 I'll happily lay down the extra cash...
Just hope we see SOMETHING, and not another reference Diamond 7970 - that thing is UNUSABLY loud, I kid you not, avoid it like the plague...
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