Monday, September 23, 2013

[Rant] Happy about performance - not so about pricing: Radeon R9-290X

The naming has changed after all. They are not even calling it Radeon 9000 series. Doesn't matter. Who cares about the name anyways?
The leaked performance figures indicate the new flagship graphics card from AMD is giving the NVIDIA Titan a run for its money. It is definitely faster than the GTX780 across the board. When you ramp up the Anti-aliasing settings, it leaves the GK110 based cards in the dust. (However, the rumor is that NVIDIA is preparing a card based on the full blown GK 110 chip to counter this new threat.)
Ok, now even you should be happy about the performance. The million dollar question is, how much would it cost? Reports suggest that it would be priced at $649, just as the GTX780. Ouch! Well, from the company's point of view, it is unfair to ask them to price it any lower because it is outperforming the $1000 card from the rival company at 2/3 the cost. But if the history has anything to tell us, the retail pricing would be lower than that.

But I don't like the way things are going. The enthusiast card based on a single GPU should be priced at $500. At which price are they going to sell the dual GPU flagship model? $1,300? That's outrageous.

Looks like my dreams of getting this card is over before it already came out. Maybe I'm better off getting a second GTX 670 when the prices come down. A brand new GTX 670 is still too expensive here in Japan. Maybe I can buy a used card. But if there are used cards a available for sale, there is a 50% chance that the card is having some sort of an issue.

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