For me, it was the following (in order):Its hard to judge the 970/980 yet since they lack the history. The 8800 absolutely wins hands down when looking back.
Yea, I dont buy a lot of high end cards, but I was really excited to get an 8800GT, even though it was a year or two after the card came out when I finally bought one on sale. I actually was playing on it until a couple of years ago when I got a new system. I still have it as a backup and think I could be satisfied with it in a pinch, along with a good cpu. (Edit:so I could turn down the settings and not be cpu limited.)8800GT because I couldnt wait to upgrade from my X1800 GTO that didnt unlock to XT. That voltmodded 8800GT lasted me 5 years.
Oh and not excited for the 980, sittin pretty with my 780 Classy.
Well ultimately shouldn't better performance per watt allow better absolute performance within say the 300watt envelope normally taken as the limit for a gpu?Why is this a release to get excited about? It is hardly revolutionizing from the performance side? perf /watt, sure, but when was the last time you were "excited" over a perf/watt release? Serious question, I dont get it. (I'll be getting a 970 for hdmi2.0, and the perf/dollar it represents)
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