To be fair, it doesn't officially release until next week... but I'm going to assume that you won't be able to buy it then either...I particularly like the ghosting function of this card, as in it is nowhere to be found.
Special, "Catch me if you can!" Edition.
All these new cards are *overkill* for the average gamer and are priced accordingly. If there are enough people who are convinced/hyped into buying, well then Nvidia and AMD have done their marketing job well.Great review as always Steve, nobody benchmarks better than you do!
You know, the more I look at these cards, the more I dislike them. AMD really screwed up with the way that these cards are priced. They've proven time and again that video cards don't HAVE to be this expensive so it's clear that they're just letting nVidia be the bad guy while they're the "not so bad" guy.
I've come to the conclusion that none of the current-gen cards (be them red or green) are worth buying. The performance is so high that it's beyond what most people will use and the prices have been jacked through the roof.
Prices remained stable for well over a decade with halo cards costing no more than $700. This remained true as recently as 2017 with the GTX 1080 Ti. Then nVidia thought it would be cute to see just how gullible people were by increasing the price of the xx80 card to $700 and the xx80 Ti card to $1200. A gaming card that cost four figures was unthinkable just three years ago. That's an increase of 71% and the sheep just ate it up like grass in a pasture.
The problem with dumb people being willing to pay exorbitant amounts of money just so they can say "I got da bestest card, yo!" isn't just that it caused nVidia to jack prices without a second thought. It's also because AMD isn't blind and since these dumb consumers have shown themselves willing to be fleeced like the sheep that they are, AMD will only be too happy to follow suit.
Now all video cards have exorbitant pricing and better performance is no excuse because better performance has been a part of every video card launch in history. That's the reason that the new cards are launched in the first place.
Just look at every video card launch that happened in 2017 and before. The cost per frame is supposed to significantly go down, not remain stagnant or just a little better.
Steve, please make a video that explains what I'm talking about.
Yeah, its not a laid back card in my view. It's as if its always aiming at the 3080 position and looking for any chance of surpassing it.At first I was conflicted about the 6800, it's pricing, and how it was supposed to compete with the 3070. but now that the reviews are out, it kind of just does it's own thing without caring about the 3070, and does it convincingly well.
I will say when it comes to raytracing and DLSS, nvidia cards still come out quite ahead, but only if you can or want to take advantage of that. There is a very real possibility that I might go full red next build, and it will be interesting how drivers mature and new cards get released to fill performance/price gap in the coming months.
I agree with you but it doesn't change the fact that the pricing has shifted upwards since 2017 when it wasn't supposed to. There's no way that it cost ATi less to make a Radeon HD 5970 than it cost them to make an RX 6900 XT (the HD 5970 DEFINITELY cost more to make) but the HD 5970 was only $600, not $1000 and, in its day, it was the most powerful card on the planet by a huge margin. The GeForce GTX 295 was beaten so badly by the Radeon HD 5970 that Guru3D used the verb "Sodomizes" to describe how badly the HD 5970 beat the GTX 295. Still only $600 though.All these new cards are *overkill* for the average gamer and are priced accordingly. If there are enough people who are convinced/hyped into buying, well then Nvidia and AMD have done their marketing job well.
And of course to cover development costs, you release the biggest margin and profit cards first. Again, that's AMD and Nvidia doing their business jobs well.
Last gen, rational people could buy the 1660 Super or 5600XT and get an actual decent deal for price/performance. Hell, even the 1650 Super was a good performing card for the money.
But you gotta wait for those actually good deal cards to trickle out 6-12 months later and consider that maybe you don't *need* 144 fps at 1440p to have a good gameplay experience.
It is interesting that 11 years ago, a graphics card, sporting two 330 mm2 GPUs, eight 256MB GDDR5 modules, and a PCI switch only cost $599, whereas a card sporting one 520 mm2 GPU, eight 2GB GDDR6 modules, and no PCIe switch costs $400 more.There's no way that it cost ATi less to make a Radeon HD 5970 than it cost them to make an RX 6900 XT (the HD 5970 DEFINITELY cost more to make) but the HD 5970 was only $600, not $1000 and, in its day, it was the most powerful card on the planet by a huge margin.