AMD graphics cards return to normal prices, R9 280 now $250

By Scorpus
May 14, 2014
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  1. The prices of AMD's graphics cards have finally returned to normal levels in North America, following months of inflated prices and limited supply, due to the boom in cryptocurrency mining.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,059   +220

    Waiting for Nvidia 780Ti to return to its price tag of £0.99
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  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,139   +498

    Well mining is dieing out due to that last change in the dogecoin block amounts.

    Good to see prices stabilizing.
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 203   +24

    Perhaps AMD has some sense in pricing graphics cards - they are going to sell a lot more of them at these prices IMHO, than they would have at the higher prices. If Titan Black is ever released, it will have to be priced on par.
  5. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 944   +94

    LoL. You thought AMD was responsible?
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  6. Railman

    Railman TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 556   +74

    So hopefully the price of graphics card will all come down as a result (both AMD and Nvidia).
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  7. Footlong

    Footlong Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    AMD had nothing to do with it. It were the laws of free market. I'm guessing they will drop a bit. Some miners will sell their cards. I predict a good amount of R9 280X and HD 7970 Ghz in the market only used for mining.
  8. Railman

    Railman TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 556   +74

    Does that kind of intensive processing harm the GPU?
  9. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    It will wear out like a normal GPU if you have it running under cool conditions such as a water cooler. It will however, be harmed if you keep it running for long periods of times at high temperatures.
  10. I have never had a video card die except for the fan
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    R9 290s are selling for ~$200 - ~$250 used now.
    Now that's a decent deal, new 280x for $250 isn't too great.
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  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    AMD knew this would happen, that's why they bumped prices when they did. They have already made compensation for any loss, due to massive second hand resale.
  13. Actually LiteCoin mining is very high at the moment. DOGE is quite high too. However, the crypto-currency value is very low, plus mining difficulty high. At current rates, a new graphics card would not pay for itself anymore. You would be lucky to pay for your electricity these days.
  14. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TechSpot Booster Posts: 242   +42

    Do you even tech?
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,786   +639

    Three out of three wrong, I'm guessing the answer is no.
    1.The market is flooded with second hand Radeons, so even selling at MSRP is going to be an uphill struggle. Bust follows boom - not an unusual occurrence.
    2.The Titan Black actually launched three months ago.
    3.The pricing on the Titan Black has been $1K since that launch.
  16. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 944   +94

    Last I heard, ASIC's for Litecoin mining were expected by July of this year. Yay for gamers! But mining has/will hurt AMD more than some of you may realize.
  17. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TechSpot Maniac Posts: 541

    Picked up a 270x last month for £130, which works out about $200 anyway, happy with that deal! Came with a free portable phone charging brick, just wish I had spent a bit more on processor, went with the amd 6 core fx-6300, even with it overclocked with an aftermarket cooler, wish it was a bit faster!
  18. xykz

    xykz Newcomer, in training

    Hardly, concurrently we could really (HOPE) expect some shine on more power efficient cards than those 220W+ power hogs (aka. R9 280X aka. HD7970) released THIRTY MONTH ago. Only bad thing is another TSMC's delay from two years succession litography to three PLUS years scheme. and we all suffer. especialy if The Companies only Indulge Themselves in Name Rebranding Schemes we're witnessing for more than half a decade now. If I want a card and play alot I'd just go with cheaper 750Ti card or build SLI around it as it would save me for a huge power bill in only six month time whie on the other side we have only similarly priced but trully mediocre hd7790 (now rebranded as r7 260x) which aint good enough to compete with poor old powerhoggy chap 650Ti

    We really need more incentiive on AMD side in delivering better chips thru three year periods than we saw now. and nvidia is just playing same game only throwing a bone hear and there. Sour truth.
    Last edited: May 15, 2014
  19. What about R9 price drops in Europe??
  20. TheLastPanda

    TheLastPanda TechSpot Member Posts: 56   +9

    It may be do to the recent Gridseed ASIC miners. They have been really selling these past months and are very power efficient so GPU mining is just out of the game.
  21. Yes, it could be.

    I have had a look at Gridseed, and the ones from mining-asics-technologies. It looks like they are starting to come out, and probably some being tested. As for cost, they could work out as about the same price as a next gen GPU per M/Hash, but using considerably less power.
  22. Railman

    Railman TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 556   +74

    AMD remind of American super cars eat a lot of juice and only movable in a straight line. As someone who prefers a silent PC I will be going with Nvidea as they are much more efficient and the higher cost is offset with lower power requirements.


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