It's pretty much the best single card solution available and around 40% cheaper than Nvidia's Titan ($1k). Though I do get what you are saying, at this cost it is a bit above what the MSRP is ($549) so it isn't slick in that nature. But for what it is, and how it competes with the competition, it is slick.
Well for the enthusiast, this is unbeatable. This card is geared more towards eyefinity/4k users. For everyone else at 1080p, a 7950/7970/280x should suffice for the next couple years.
You missed the point entirely even though I thought that was a pretty detailed post - if you're playing at 4K a single 290X won't suffice, and if you're going to suck it up and go with multiple cards then you can do way better for your money. This card fills a very tiny niche. I mean, if you just want as much GPU as possible in your PC then yeah go ahead and put three of these in it, but that's not a very slick deal.
About 2 weeks ago newegg had xfx double d 7950 on sale.... with 4 games... I price matched to amazon... I have prime so I was lucky and got it the next day lol!.... but I used 20 $ of rewards to get it that low....
What about price performance for 7970 for 230 ducks?
That's a good deal along the lines of this card being a good deal at $580, but I think slightly easier to justify. It's only like 5-10% faster than a 7950 though, and $230 is way more than 10% more than $180. I mean I was originally willing to pay for a 7970 just for a little headroom, but a 7950 will run nearly anything at 1080p at pretty high settings at 60fps. They're both good cards but it seems like you can't do much better than a 7950 without spending a disproportionate amount of money. This is supposed to be slickdeals, $580 will get you a 7970, a 256GB SSD and a few dinners out or whatever, or two 7950s instead of the food. It's not my money being wasted and I'd hope anyone with the money for a 290X understands why they're buying one, but for me it was like, $500 for a 7990 that nearly doubles a 7970, sign me up, sure it's expensive but at least I'm getting proportionately more for the money. If a game can't handle SLI (since the 7990 is just two 7970s on one card) very well, it probably doesn't need it in the first place. I guess a 290X would be good if you couldn't spare 3 or 4 slots, if you're using a mATX case or something?
This really came out of left field. This is what I call a hard launch. Review embargo lifted and then poof cards available at several major retailers, albeit at above MSRP.
I'm usually an Nvidia guy. I tend to favor them if only because they often have more reliable drivers for both Windows and Linux but it's nice to see them get creamed for once. They can be so arrogant when they're on top. This is going to hurt Nvidia. If it weren't for this card I would have bought a GTX 780. Obviously Nvidia can forget about that! Even if they lower their price.
It will be interesting to see how Nvidia reacts to this. I'm pretty sure they will do something. I guess they could always drop the price of the Titan down to like $400 or something.
Not really a hot deal though. It's about as cold as it gets. More of a heads up. I'm going to wait a few more weeks and see if anything interesting comes up. Unfortunately I cannot wait for Black Friday. Wish I could.
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