Originally Posted by Dreamweavernoob
Even though the card is faster I would be slightly annoyed myself @ paying $500 only last year and now getting a card which is substantially cheaper back.
Way it goes I suppose.
I RMA'ed a 7900GT and got a 9600GT back. Happy enough with it. (going to use it as a physix card)
Economics 101: most things lose their value overtime, especially when something newer/cheaper/faster comes out to replace it. Thus, a $250 card now outperforms a $500-$600 card then.
Still, you're getting a higher performing card than your original card, and it costs you shipping and handling (if that). Count your blessings dude... They are not obligated to send you the same card, much less a more powerful one.
When my 8800 GTX went out, I was going to be happy with another 8800 GTX. However, I got sent a 9800 GTX+. Originally, I was pissed because I thought it was slower than the 8800 GTX. After testing it in both games and synthetic benchmarks, though, it came out to be about 5-10% faster in most games. On top of that, it uses less power and runs cooler as well.
Since then, I haven't complained. You shouldn't either.