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AMD cuts Radeon HD 7900 series prices, bundles three free games

By Jos
Apr 16, 2012
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  1. The Radeon HD 7970 arrived as the world's fastest single-GPU graphics cards early this year and the lack of competition from Nvidia at the time allowed AMD to have its...

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  2. Lol, nice games there.
     
  3. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Still overpriced IMO. Both the 7970 and the GTX 680 (I'd really like to know Nvidia's profit margins on the 680).
     
  4. No thanks. I am on 560 Ti now, and I'd go with 680 if I really sense a gfx card update.
     
  5. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 931   +248

    The games can be had through various deals for under $20 for all three, so not a big deal there.
    A (7970) is a great bang for the buck card but AMD's setbacks/limited features/issues reside with thier driver/software suite which is still quite inferior to the best there is, Nvidia.
     
  6. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    "The games can be had through various deals for under $20 for all three, so not a big deal there."
    Maybe for Deus Ex. The Dirt game comes out next month. That actually is a deal.
     
  7. It would have been a better deal if it was $479 for after market versions such as MSI Twin Frozr. The reference blower is louder than the fan on HD6950/6970 making it a nuisance at 1150+ mhz overclocks.

    I got $ to buy a new GPU but honestly I feel like it would literally be throwing it into the toilet. There just isn't any demanding PC games worth upgrading to from last generation of cards. By the time we get another demanding game such as Crysis, it'll probably be 2-3 years at which point GTX680/HD7970 will be ancient history. Why spend $500 just to go from 0AA to 4xMSAA in BF3? That's just me though but I don't recall a time like this in a long time where upgrading is more for fun rather than necessity. Also, it's not like the upcoming hit titles such as Diablo III, SC2:HofS, Max Payne 3 will be demanding either. Meh, I am waiting until there is actually a valid reason to upgrade other than for e-peen and Eyefinity.
     
  8. What "limited features"? I switched to ATI several years ago and have no desire to return to Nvidia's buggy control panel and ugly color management - if I remember correctly it couldn't restore desktop color settings after I quit a game. Maybe if you ONLY play games that's fine, but for professional work and gaming Nvidia didn't work for me. AMD is making great video cards, even Apple selected them for their Macs over NVidia. Deus Ex HR is an awesome game, really nice bundle they got, not some unknown half-demos usually shipped with video cards. Hope AMD pulls through these tough times and I won't have to switch back to NVidia ever again.
     
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    Massive troll above me. Nobody actually believes Nvidia's drivers and control panel are inferior to AMD's. They'd have to be insane.
     
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,970   +739

    Things just might have changed in the intervening years- both in default quality and CP settings. Your statement makes about as much sense as someone "switching to Nvidia from ATi years ago because CCC didn't support custom game profiles, forced AA" etc.
    As for "what limited features", I think it's a given that AMD's achilles heel is software. They are a company that reacts rather than drives software implementation (as opposed to the hardware which is generally first class). The aforementioned custom gaming profiles and transparency antialiasing being noteable examples. The fact that Nvidia have introduced a refined (higher i.q. with no greater performance penalty)MLAA in FXAA, has TXAA in the hands of game devs, has adaptive v-sync up and running on day one, and last but not least has implemented a working on-die encoder/decoder (NVenc)...while AMD's VCE feature- touted in the HD 7970 paper launch on 22nd Dec.2011 is still M.I.A.
    [​IMG]
    ...for one year. This years Apple iterations are destined to be Intel Ivy Bridge iGP (MBA) and Nvidia Kepler based GPU's for MBP/workstation
    Which is attitute diametrically opposed to the enthusiast, who evaluates each new round of hardware on its merits and buys/recommends accordingly.
     
  11. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    DBZ. You forgot to mention AMD's essentially non existent openGL support.
     
     
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,970   +739

    I think you'll find that the standard reply from AMD and it's more zealous supporters is that AMD supply the hardware and the current driver so it's up to the devs to make sure the implementation works with them (i.e. It's all the developers fault - an oft repeated theme voiced via guerilla marketing at certain forums *cough*Rage3D 'n' SA*cough*
     
  13. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    Yup. I heard similar statements about Bulldozer and how it's Microsoft's job to make sure it works to its maximum potential on their OS. Maybe AMD should learn to work with software designers rather than just pushing out their products and expecting people to tailor their software by themselves, as though software designers give two ****s whether or not AMD's hardware works properly.
     
  14. How bout bundling some good drivers. Just a thought.
     
  15. Oh snap. Hating on AMD up in here.

    Nvidia does some of the same stuff. I realized I didn't like them as a company when I couldn't have waving flags in Mirror's Edge because the developer had licensed Nvidia's PhysX engine and I owned an ATI card. Twas a sad day.

    The AMD vs Nvidia debate is like 2 party politics, you just hate the other side.
     
  16. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Rookie Posts: 85   +10

    Those are some really good deals..... plus such a good games. Although I'm hoping for a price drop on the HD 7870. I don't know what's the fuss with the AMD drivers, they work just fine, I have own both Nvidia and AMD and I prefer much more AMD cards, sorry for Nvidia fanboys.
     
  17. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    Uh sorry but DBZ sort of proved you completely wrong above. Good luck next time though, their drivers are indisputably inferior to Nvidia's in every way.
     


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