The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is now available for under $700

neeyik

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I don't have experience with AMD cards, which do you think is the most reliable brand from those or from others? Is XFX low price an indicator of its quality?
Sapphire and XFX are both the same age, roughly 20 years or so, while Gigabyte is about 15 years old. Gigabyte is based in Taiwan, Sapphire and XFX (a division of Pine Group) in Hong Kong, but all three manufacture products in mainland China - there's a good chance they all use the same production facilities, to be honest.

Sapphire and XFX only manufacture AMD-based graphics cards, whereas Gigabyte covers AMD and Nvidia. There's probably not much between them, in terms of reliability, and while XFX is the cheaper of the three, there's no significant indication that their products are any worse.

As to why it's cheaper, well the specifications don't give anything:

Gigabyte Radeon RX 6900 XT GAMING OC
Boost Clock: Up to 2285 MHz (Reference card: 2250 MHz)
Game Clock: Up to 2050 MHz (Reference card: 2015 MHz)

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT SE
Boost Clock: Up to 2365 MHz
Game Clock: Up to 2135 MHz

XFX Speedster MERC 319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Black Gaming
Boost Clock: Up to 2365 MHz
Game Clock: Up to 2135 MHz

So it's probably down to vendors wanting to shift stock before the new 7000 series hits the shelves.
 

Alfatawi Mendel

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I'd be more annoyed at the fact that faceless, unelected parasites in the financial markets are trying to dictate a country's economic policy, rather than the politicians.

At least the Politicians can be held to account and dispatched with at the ballot box.
In the UK - The politicians and money men are usually the same people. Or friends of the same people.
 

Athlonite

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Not seeing those sorts of price drops here in Gougelandastan (NZ) which are $1399 for the cheapest Gigabang card right upto $2302 for the MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming X Trio, and If I was to try and import one from overseas it would simply cost way to much $1,416.50 inc GST (sales tax) but that doesn't include whatever customs wants to add to it in the way of Duty costs so likely to be in the area of 16~1700 Gougelandastani Plunkettes (NZ Dollars). What I do find is the completely useless amounts TechSpot seem to espouse 700 bucks is not what your going to pay at the end of the day because you still have to add sales tax and people is the amount you'll pay in the end
 

smug69

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Sapphire and XFX are both the same age, roughly 20 years or so, while Gigabyte is about 15 years old. Gigabyte is based in Taiwan, Sapphire and XFX (a division of Pine Group) in Hong Kong, but all three manufacture products in mainland China - there's a good chance they all use the same production facilities, to be honest.

Sapphire and XFX only manufacture AMD-based graphics cards, whereas Gigabyte covers AMD and Nvidia. There's probably not much between them, in terms of reliability, and while XFX is the cheaper of the three, there's no significant indication that their products are any worse.

As to why it's cheaper, well the specifications don't give anything:

Gigabyte Radeon RX 6900 XT GAMING OC
Boost Clock: Up to 2285 MHz (Reference card: 2250 MHz)
Game Clock: Up to 2050 MHz (Reference card: 2015 MHz)

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT SE
Boost Clock: Up to 2365 MHz
Game Clock: Up to 2135 MHz

XFX Speedster MERC 319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Black Gaming
Boost Clock: Up to 2365 MHz
Game Clock: Up to 2135 MHz

So it's probably down to vendors wanting to shift stock before the new 7000 series hits the shelves.
Thanks for the thourough answer.
 

rmcrys

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In your rant, you specified the NHS as an example for the whole of Europe. Just think about that for a second.

Based on this second comment, I think you have more of an issue with the NHS in the UK than you do with the rest of Europe.
I still emphasize that you still talk about Europe and EU as the same, as it isn't. I have nothing direct on NHS versus other European health systems, except the NHS has in general less trained physicians (specially surgeons) and nurses (on most European countries nurses have a much better and longer training). From there to the underfunded system, I have nothing direct against the NHS.


About the 6900 XT: nice that prices are going down at least until they sell the remaining chips...
 

Avro Arrow

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Meh, I paid less than $1,100 USD well over a year ago for my OG RX 6800 XT. I wouldn't have done so but I really wanted an OG reference model because it was the first non-blower reference Radeon that I've ever seen. The difference in performance between the 6800 XT and the 6900 XT is a pittance. The REALLY big deal is the Gigabyte Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming OC for only $540.
 

Avro Arrow

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Hmm I'm hoping the prices don't drop too hard after RDNA 3 launch as I need to pickup a 7800XT and sell my 6800XT :)
I really don't think that the word "need" is applicable here. :laughing:
I don't have experience with AMD cards, which do you think is the most reliable brand from those or from others? Is XFX low price an indicator of its quality?
No, they're all more or less the same. I've had cards by XFX, ASUS, Powercolor, Sapphire and Gigabyte. They all know what they're doing and XFX, Gigabyte and ASUS have also made GeForce cards.
Based on this concept alone the best time to purchase is post launch and to sell is probably now.
Yeah but then you're stuck with the concept of having no video card during that time. :laughing:
Most European countries (with just a "couple" of exceptions) have in 2022 horrible public services: the NHS, police, social security, etc etc are all extremely underfunded and work on "charity" from all workers; that is just an example from most European countries where public is going down, so that everything goes private (= USA) on some decades.
I don't know what you're talking about but as a Canadian, I've seen both sides and the average European has it much better than the average American. You say that the NHS is bad? Then why are the health indicators of the UK so much better than that of the USA?
If anyone lives in an European country (except Germany, Switzerland and some northern countries), can confirm that most countries are unsafe
Europeans don't know what unsafe is but Americans sure do because the murder rate in the USA is three times that of the European Union.

I really hope you're done spreading such false propaganda because you're just embarrassing yourself. People who believe what you do never have any evidence to back up their false claims because there isn't any evidence. All you ever have to offer is your words, words that I've just proven are lies.

Here's an American talking about just how "great" the USA really is:
 
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rmcrys

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I don't know what you're talking about but as a Canadian, I've seen both sides and the average European has it much better than the average American. You say that the NHS is bad? [...]

Europeans don't know what unsafe is but Americans sure do because the murder rate in the USA is three times that of the European Union.[...]

I really hope you're done spreading such false propaganda because you're just embarrassing yourself.
You are embarrassing yourself because, as you didn't read all the related posts, you would understand that no-one is comparing the NHS directly with the American health care. More taxes don't mean more security or better health care; more taxes to the middle class to support a better social security, doesn't mean that it works (at least to the ones that need it). Don't talk about what you don't know and not everything is comparing to America.