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Old 12-21-11, 06:16 PM   #153
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Default Re: ATi 7000 series delayed till Q1 2012

Originally Posted by Redeemed View Post
This is all purely off of rumors. I'm not expecting to make up the money spent in power savings. All of these unknowns are a major reason why I'm not buying at launch as I've already stated- I'm going to "let the dust settle" so to speak and se where things lay. As it stands, however, the 7870 is the GPU for me. If I'm consuming less power than this 5870 while not sacrificing any performance that's a win for me. Furthermore, idle power draw for the 7800s is rumored to be around 3 watts from the slides I've seen. Kinda' unbelievable in my opinion but that's less than this 5870. Peak power consumption we don't have any numbers on for the 7870.
So, you don't care about money spent in power savings, but you care about buying a gpu that has the same performance as your 5870, but uses less power... uh...

Have you followed the prices of any past ATI launches? The 5870 launched at MSRP, then went up $50 and stayed there for a long time, almost till the 6970 launch. The same thing happened with the 6970. They just recently started to come down in price.

Originally Posted by Redeemed View Post
Anyhow, another possibility is after launch I'm just not wowed by the cards. In which case I'll just keep my 5870. As an experiment I dropped the GPU and Memory speeds as low as CCC would allow me. Only game I've played is DX:HR so far but this 5870 still plays that exceptionally well all items in-game maxed. I'm not forcing anything via CCC other than clock speeds. Soon as I finish this run-through of DX:HR I'm going to test Crysis like this... all of this mostly done for curiousity. But if I am able to play all the games I enjoy with an underclocked 5870... why get rid of it? It just shows I'm not hitting any kind of bottleneck. Yet.
That's like buying a Ferrari, and only using the first two gears.

Originally Posted by Redeemed View Post
Anyhow, if logic isn't my strong point assumptions must be yours. I've not made up my mind on anything evident by the fact I'm waiting till after launch. My main concern never was a performance increase but instead a reduction of power consumption and heat output. If the 7 series doesn't deliver what I'm hoping for I'll not buy anything and just hold onto this 5870. More money to put on other items... like replacing my 6 year old PSU or maybe a significantly larger SSD or two... lots of other things that money could be put towards.

So, you don't care about power cost again, but you care about power use.
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