quote Shadow of DeathBecause the 590 did sooo well....My jaw drops at the thought of a 690 GPU though, I can only imagine how epic that card will be (performance and price wise XD).
quote OhmycaptainThe 6950 was MSRP at $299 but retail channels were pushing it as hard as 350 at times, the 6970 faced the same shortage problems and ran as high as 450 even though it was priced at $369. Having this replace the old MSRP makes sense but chances are they're trying to pay off that R&D this time for Graphics Core Next, they'll have the high end users pay the premium and slightly jack up the cost on the low end as they need those chips to continue moving to OEM's.The 6970 was only around $300 at launch, so I honestly expected this one to be around $400.
quote OhmycaptainI agree that $549 is a bit high. However, looking around the net I can see that most people are not too upset with the pricing, and when it comes to people that can afford a $500+ card most don't tend to mind what they pay. They just want the performance.It is overpriced, plain and simple. It should be $400. The GTX 580 is far overpriced for its performance - this is the reason I never got one (or two). For next-gen, this should not be anywhere near $500, let alone $550.
The 6970 was only around $300 at launch, so I honestly expected this one to be around $400. AMD is not going to sell many cards with this price point, because to be honest, it's NOT worth it. A 15% increase over a 580 in most cases is awful, not only because it's 28nm, but because it's a whole new Architecture.
Overpriced, under performing, not worth it. I'll wait for Kepler.
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