AMD Cuts Prices of HD 7900, 7700 Series, Plus Free Games

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magicandy

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You'll have to do better than that AMD when for $20 more a GTX 680 mops the floor with the 7970. Not looking good for AMD at the moment, in both GPUs and CPUs.
 

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Called it. Honestly, I dont know why so many people didnt think this would happen. It had to happen. The only reason it didnt happen sooner is because the gtx680 was a paper launch, with no supplies at retailers. AMD knew they had a bit longer to keep selling their flagship at a premium.
 

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meh, I just want the 7850 price reduction...
nvidia is out of the equation for me since it doesn't support triple monitor. except for the 680 but that's just too expensive.
 

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I just looked, and I don't see the price drop yet..
Speaking of the GTX680s, I looked at completed auctions on ebay.com and people have been buying them for upwards of 700 dollars a piece! Like...wow. Fanboy much?
 

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[citation][nom]neon neophyte[/nom]Called it. Honestly, I dont know why so many people didnt think this would happen. It had to happen. The only reason it didnt happen sooner is because the gtx680 was a paper launch, with no supplies at retailers. AMD knew they had a bit longer to keep selling their flagship at a premium.[/citation]

you didn't call it dude....this is pretty basic business concepts...
 
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I was really hoping for price drops on the 7800 series. What's the point of getting a 7870 for $350 when you get get a 7950 for $50 more?.
 

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Good move and thumbs up for not only a decent price drop, but a fairly solid game bundle as well. I was really hoping for a drop on the 7800 series as well, but I didn't hold my hopes too high.
 

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AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition graphics cards will now be available at the sub-$150 sweet spot, as low as $139(US) SEP."
Except that's not enough. The 5770/6770 runs this card down and those things are 99 bucks. Not to mention frequently finding the vastly superior 6850 at $140. Unless they're offering the three free games for that I still don't see the point.
 

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So when will we actually see these prices in stores? just looked on newegg and amazon and not seeing any 7970s even priced at $499 let alone $479, all around $570
 

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[citation][nom]soldier37[/nom]Meh... GTX 680s 4gb version here I come, for my 2560 x 1600 res.[/citation]
Thank you for your valuable and insightful comment.
 
It's not enough:

Guru3D Game Test Suite (Fps)

Game - 680 - 7970

Hard Reset - 89 - 74
COD-MW2 - 206 - 166
Far Cry 2 - 126 - 102
ANNO 1404 - 119 - 122
Metro 2033 - 39 - 44
ANNO 2070 - 87 - 82
BFBC2 - 97 - 75
BF3 - 57 - 47
Crysis 2 - 63 - 61
AvP - 52 - 55
Lost Planet 2 - 54 - 44
Total - 989 - 872

$ per frame $ 0.51 $ 0.55

At $450 it would have the same bang per buck as the 680.

 

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That's a very welcomed price adjustment. Will grab 7770 soon.

But when does Tom's show how awful 680 is in computing applications (gpgpu) compared to Tahiti? That used to be one of the key selling points of the whole nvidia-family according to the reviews rantings here.
 
[citation][nom]magicandy[/nom]You'll have to do better than that AMD when for $20 more a GTX 680 mops the floor with the 7970. Not looking good for AMD at the moment, in both GPUs and CPUs.[/citation]

The GTX 680 does not mop the floor with the 7970. In Crysis 2 and Metro 2033, the 7970 wins. For BF3 and several other games, they are nearly tied. Only in some games does the 680 have a significant lead and even then, the 7970 is NEVER far behind.

[citation][nom]LuckyDucky7[/nom]Except that's not enough. The 5770/6770 runs this card down and those things are 99 bucks. Not to mention frequently finding the vastly superior 6850 at $140. Unless they're offering the three free games for that I still don't see the point.[/citation]

The 7770 performs on par with the Radeon 6850 (very slightly behind it, I can not stress the very slightly enough). At the same price range as the 6850 and 6870 (7770 overclocked should match the 6870 even if the 6870 is overclocked), it is a great deal. It also uses less power than them, so over time, even at the same price and performance, it is the better deal. Also, if you find the 6770 for $99, then that's a pretty good deal considering that they usually cost $110 to $120, right below the 6790.

[citation][nom]matt_b[/nom]Good move and thumbs up for not only a decent price drop, but a fairly solid game bundle as well. I was really hoping for a drop on the 7800 series as well, but I didn't hold my hopes too high.[/citation]

I find that the 7800 series isn't really overpriced like the 7700 and 7900 series were, so I don't think that it's a big deal if 7800 cards didn't drop in price. The 7850 performs between the 6950 2GB and 6970 (sometimes it beats the 6970) and the 7870 performs right behind the 7950, 5970, and GTX 580.

[citation][nom]ivan1984[/nom]I was really hoping for price drops on the 7800 series. What's the point of getting a 7870 for $350 when you get get a 7950 for $50 more?.[/citation]

The point is that the 7950 is only faster than the 7870 if you overclock it. Basically, at stock, you just pay for the memory and memory bandwidth advantage which amount to pointless, except for Eyefinity resolutions.

We also need to take into consideration that with these new cards, there is lower power usage. This decreases cost over time compared to the previous generations that use much more power. Even if the Radeon 7700/7800/7900 cards were slightly more expensive than similarly performing Radeon 6000 cards, they were the better buy. The large price differences were what made this irrelevant. Now that prices are more where they should be more or less across the board for Radeon 7000, this matters much more.
 
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