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September 16, 2013 1:14:22 PM

Hello, I am buying a new GPU for my build and I am getting the 7970 but I was wondering if I should wait for AMD's 8000 series. I know nothing about it, when they come out, prices, or how good they will be, around $300 is my price range so I think the 7970 is a very good option as I only play on 1920x1080 so this GPU will run all games on highest settings with good frames. But, I am not buying it until December. So will the 8000 series be out? Will all the good ones be way higher than $300? Let me know what you think I should do. BTW if it matters the CPU I am pairing it with is the i5 4670k so I don't know if Intel will release an even newer and better i5 by December that i should get instead becasue I was originally set on the 3570k but then the new 4670k came out and it's just a bit more expensive so I will be getting that as of now.

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September 16, 2013 1:20:53 PM

We should have more information in a couple of weeks at the end of September about the R7 series. It is up to you to decide if you want to wait for the details and then wait for release or pickup a 7970 for under $300.
September 16, 2013 3:26:19 PM

slomo4sho said:
We should have more information in a couple of weeks at the end of September about the R7 series. It is up to you to decide if you want to wait for the details and then wait for release or pickup a 7970 for under $300.


I sold my 670 3 months ago for full resale value, then 2 days ago bought a ASUS DC2 7970 for $250. Deals are rolling in!
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September 16, 2013 3:58:09 PM

meowmix44 said:
slomo4sho said:
We should have more information in a couple of weeks at the end of September about the R7 series. It is up to you to decide if you want to wait for the details and then wait for release or pickup a 7970 for under $300.


I sold my 670 3 months ago for full resale value, then 2 days ago bought a ASUS DC2 7970 for $250. Deals are rolling in!

Is that because the new series is coming in?
September 16, 2013 4:00:29 PM

jcup said:
meowmix44 said:
slomo4sho said:
We should have more information in a couple of weeks at the end of September about the R7 series. It is up to you to decide if you want to wait for the details and then wait for release or pickup a 7970 for under $300.


I sold my 670 3 months ago for full resale value, then 2 days ago bought a ASUS DC2 7970 for $250. Deals are rolling in!

Is that because the new series is coming in?

Prety much... And a Brand new ASUS GTX 670 4GB went up buy it now for 270USD. Sold within 4 hours.
September 16, 2013 4:04:21 PM

meowmix44 said:
jcup said:
meowmix44 said:
slomo4sho said:
We should have more information in a couple of weeks at the end of September about the R7 series. It is up to you to decide if you want to wait for the details and then wait for release or pickup a 7970 for under $300.


I sold my 670 3 months ago for full resale value, then 2 days ago bought a ASUS DC2 7970 for $250. Deals are rolling in!

Is that because the new series is coming in?

Prety much... And a Brand new ASUS GTX 670 4GB went up buy it now for 270USD. Sold within 4 hours.

How long will these sells last because I will not be purchasing my 7970 until December. I am not to worried about the next series because I am sure it will probably just be a very modest improvement and the 7970 will still beast through newest games on max settings.
September 16, 2013 4:09:36 PM

jcup said:
meowmix44 said:
jcup said:
meowmix44 said:
slomo4sho said:
We should have more information in a couple of weeks at the end of September about the R7 series. It is up to you to decide if you want to wait for the details and then wait for release or pickup a 7970 for under $300.


I sold my 670 3 months ago for full resale value, then 2 days ago bought a ASUS DC2 7970 for $250. Deals are rolling in!

Is that because the new series is coming in?

Prety much... And a Brand new ASUS GTX 670 4GB went up buy it now for 270USD. Sold within 4 hours.

How long will these sells last because I will not be purchasing my 7970 until December. I am not to worried about the next series because I am sure it will probably just be a very modest improvement and the 7970 will still beast through newest games on max settings.

A long time, the price should keep dropping as "new series" start coming out. Once NVIDIA sees AMD's GPU's then the competition should push NVIDIA to make Maxwell.
September 16, 2013 4:11:57 PM

I use ebay, but make sure you search hard and specific on what you want. Msg the seller for extra info if needed and happy bidding/buying. Lots of countrties sell overpriced cards still because of distribution problems, so if you see a 2000USD 780 or 500USD 680 then look at it as an ant.

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September 16, 2013 4:58:25 PM
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jcup said:
I was wondering if I should wait for AMD's 8000 series. .... But, I am not buying it until December.

umm couple of things.
The next gen will be called something completely different, namely the RX 200 series
"Added preliminary support for AMD Radeon R7 240, R7 250, R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 290, R9 290X"
http://www.techpowerup.com/190682/techpowerup-announces...
The 8000 series was just a rebagde of the 7000 series and available to OEMs only, launched last spring..

AMD will be holding some press event at Hawaii 25th September, they'll probably announce the new series or at least tell something about it (codenamed Volcanic Islands and the top card has codename Hawaii, coincidence?)

I think there is a good chance the cards will be available by December IF they really are going to openly talk about them next week. And based on those model numbers a full line up might be ready, so you might get a better card for the money by then.
September 16, 2013 5:37:53 PM

Kari said:
jcup said:
I was wondering if I should wait for AMD's 8000 series. .... But, I am not buying it until December.

umm couple of things.
The next gen will be called something completely different, namely the RX 200 series
"Added preliminary support for AMD Radeon R7 240, R7 250, R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 290, R9 290X"
http://www.techpowerup.com/190682/techpowerup-announces...
The 8000 series was just a rebagde of the 7000 series and available to OEMs only, launched last spring..

AMD will be holding some press event at Hawaii 25th September, they'll probably announce the new series or at least tell something about it (codenamed Volcanic Islands and the top card has codename Hawaii, coincidence?)

I think there is a good chance the cards will be available by December IF they really are going to openly talk about them next week. And based on those model numbers a full line up might be ready, so you might get a better card for the money by then.


Okay, well I will just check back when I am ready to purchase and see if the card in my price range from the next line-up is better than the 7970
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