- Sep 6, 2005
What's interesting is some NV users defend prices for NV cards at all costs. Generally speaking, consumers should prefer more competition that drives prices down from everyone, unless those consumers are either employed by the company that sells overpriced products (say paid marketing shills), they financially benefit from having higher prices (profit margins) such as being NV shareholders, or they are brainwashed fanboys. But even if they are fanboys, having lower prices on GTX600 cards would allow them to pick up a 2nd or 3rd for SLI for cheaper. It could be they are just upset that less than 12 months after GTX680 2/4GB cards launched, you can get way faster performance and 6 free games with 2 7950s. I am guessing things would have been different if 2 GTX760s demolished a GTX680 for $560 and also came with 6 free games.
To be fair, you AMD fans are pitting the price of the cheapest 7950 against the most expensive 680. Wouldn't it be more fair to pit a 7950 against its true counterpart, the 670? $280 vs $300 on sale. Not to mention, the cheapest normal 7970 is $360, while the cheapest normal 680 is around $400. At stock clocks, the difference isn't that great, either.
Not to mention, you were able to buy the 6x0 cards with game bundles too. I got BL2 and AC3 with my 670, which sold for the same price a Never Settle Bundle was selling for.
To say the stutter didn't exist isn't true either. When I had my 7970,even with 12.8 drivers you could see stutter, albeit at very unique situations (like running my mouse across the table). I definitely have not seen that on the 670, or at least it isn't as noticeable. There are driver differences between the two companies. Now, that's not to say nV doesn't have bad drivers, either. There's been shadow flickering on my 670 that's been driving me nuts in cutscenes. AMD has white textures and stuttering, NVidia has shadow flickering.
Now, these bundles are definitely a nice touch. I did (and still do) consider AMD choices everytime I look at a card or help someone purchase. But to say AMD is the only one offering value is a bit misleading. My 670 costed me about $240 out of pocket after everything was said and done. A 7950 would've cost the same. In pure frames, the 7950 will definitely be a stronger buy, especially with overclocking. But I'd rather take lower frames (since I can't use it all at 1200p) and spend the money on PhysX capability and the lower stutter.
And well, at the end of the day, 2x 670 does demolish a 680 and a 7970, and comes with 4 games (albeit two copies of each). And the retail price would be around $600 on sale, not including selling the games. yse it's still more than 2x 7950s, but it's not a huge price jump. And it's not like you can't find a 7970 that goes for $500, either.