so is this the only 7870 card available with the Tahiti core at this time?
No. I believe at least four companies sell 7870 XT (Sapphire, PowerColor, Club3D and VTX3D). The Sapphire one is arguably the best as it comes with better fans, thus bringing down the heat and noise. But it was sitting at $259.99 with a $15 rebate for the past week (I think it was $249.99 before the new game bundle came out). Even went OOS for a while.
i agree the price point is great but i dont mind spending a little more for future proofing + a quiet card
i thought this price point was something i couldnt walk away from...at $150 its a no brainer. at $220, and then dealing with a sale for potentially 30-40, only brings it down to 180. the 180-240 space is pretty crowded with video card deals, all be it mostly with MIR. according to tomshardware, this card and the 660ti perform about the same and here is a 660 ti deal that was only $180. so it appears this 180 price point is the bottom right now for this tier. i believe i've seen numerous 660ti deals for 220-240
If this is at 209 (independent of tax), and you sell the game for.. let's say $50-60 (recent sales on ebay show you can still sell for that much. And I have sold mine for that range), then the price point is more towards $150-$160 and not $180...
I bought this card from NCIX and if all goes well with the MIR, I will have spent $150 on it. Great deal, imo.
Hmm for the gaming coupon, is it pretty much unuseable until the release date of the games?
You can sell it on ebay for ~$60. Not sure if that's what you mean by useless..
But if you enter the code into the AMD website, it will just send you an email telling you that they will send you steam codes when Steam enables the games. So I guess you could either sell the AMD code or possibly enter the info yourself and sell the Steam codes when they come out (possibly separately, but I'm just guessing).
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