Here Comes the Maxwell Rebates

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2016 - 07:50 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, maxwell, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 970, GTX 1080, geforce

The GTX 1080 announcement is starting to ripple into retailers, leading to price cuts on the previous generation, Maxwell-based SKUs. If you were interested in the GTX 1080, or an AMD graphics card of course, then you probably want to keep waiting. That said, you can take advantage of the discounts to get a VR-ready GPU or if you already have a Maxwell card that could use a cheap SLI buddy.

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This tip comes from a NeoGAF thread. Microcenter has several cards on sale, but EVGA seems to have the biggest price cuts. This 980 Ti has dropped from $750 USD down to $499.99 (or $474.99 if you'll promise yourself to do that mail-in rebate). That's a whole third of its price slashed, and puts it about a hundred dollars under GTX 1080. Granted, it will also be slower than the GTX 1080, with 2GB less video RAM, but $100 might be worth that for you.

They highlight two other EVGA cards as well. Both deals are slight variations on the GTX 970 line, and they are available for $250 and $255 ($225 and $230 after mail-in rebate).

Source: NeoGAF

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May 10, 2016 | 09:03 PM - Posted by king.stivan

honestly why would anyone do it ? even the 1070 is faster and soon to be released cheaper . if one really have too just buy used .

May 10, 2016 | 09:41 PM - Posted by nanoflower (not verified)

The thing to keep in mind that some people have a fixed budget and may not be able to afford the near $400 or more that the 1070 will costs when it comes out. Also it's not clear that for someone limited to 1080P that they need a 1070. A 970 is more than enough for someone sticking to 1080P.

May 10, 2016 | 10:59 PM - Posted by Eric (not verified)

A lot of people can't spend $400 on a videocard - but they also can not afford a $499 980Ti. I think that is why he said it makes no sense to buy a 980Ti when it costs more and is slower than the 1070 is suppose to be.

May 11, 2016 | 11:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It is clearly not for third world consumers... meanwhile they spend more than that in iPhones or Audi A5. :o)

May 11, 2016 | 12:58 AM - Posted by Hosaka (not verified)

if u already have a 980 ti is way cheaper get another one tha getting 2 new 1070

May 11, 2016 | 04:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Agreed. That is the conclusion I came to. I found a 980 ti Hybrid for $450 and jumped on it like a fat chick on cake.

May 11, 2016 | 12:58 AM - Posted by Hosaka (not verified)

if u already have a 980 ti is way cheaper get another one tha getting 2 new 1070

May 11, 2016 | 05:08 AM - Posted by king.stivan

for all of you guys sell the old card and get the 1070 it will be faster and any sli you have in mind >>

May 11, 2016 | 11:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Forget the SLI and cover your consumer credit before the FED rate hike this summer. :o)

May 11, 2016 | 06:12 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 1070 is not gonna be faster than 980 Ti, only in VR probably. It will have better performance per watt tho. But no one with 980 Ti will find 1070 interesting.

1070 features 256 bit NORMAL GDDR5 memory on a 256 bit bus, the 980 Ti has much higher bandwidth with 384 bit bus, meaning 980 Ti will pull ahead in 1440p+ where bandwidth becomes more important.

The 1080 has GDDR5X memory and it's gonna be a good deal faster than both 1070 and 980 Ti. Probably 15-25% faster (ref vs ref).

May 11, 2016 | 02:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Come on, Maxwell is poor for VR, nausea inducing with it's poor motion to photon latency. Get Pascal if you want a good VR gaming experience. Really.

May 11, 2016 | 03:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

steve wozniak getting dizzy on the pascal VR demo in under 1min says otherwise.

May 11, 2016 | 03:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Well, better, not perfect. Nothing can help poor ole Steve with motion sickness. lol

May 11, 2016 | 07:06 AM - Posted by J Nev (not verified)

The hype and the nVidiots are strong with this one.

May 11, 2016 | 08:19 AM - Posted by StephanS

Not the same (used product), but the r9-290x is back below $230 on ebay.

Seeing how this card now often beat the GTX 980, it seem to be the absolute best bang for the buck.
And like the upcoming GTX 1080, already support async compute.

But the retail Fury-X and r9-390x are way overpriced, and I get why people paying full price for video cards go with nvidia.

I never understood AMD pricing...
AMD sale & marketing is managed by amateurs and its hurting the company very badly.

The r9-290x should have dominated the market, not the GTX 970.
Its a much better piece of HW at all level. but AMD had to overclock it and price it sky high. silly AMD...

May 11, 2016 | 09:46 AM - Posted by Prodeous13 (not verified)

Seeing that prices are dropping and used 980/980ti will start flooding (well maybe not flooding) ebay and the like. I'm tempted of getting them for CUDA rendering work... Though after reviews of 1080/1070 are out, just to be sure of actual performance of new cards, rather then slide advertisement from Nvidia.

May 11, 2016 | 11:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Well no more complaints about 28nm and the need for a die shrink, until 14nm/16nm goes through their LPE and LPP stages at least. Now let the Polaris and Vega GPUs get here along with Nvidia's Volta and the arrival of HBM2, before the serious flagship fapping begins. I want Polaris and a price war because of the better pricing. So let those bleeding edge users bleed the extra cash from their wallets, and fund some of the price wars for others to take advantage of over the next months!

May 11, 2016 | 12:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If the new cards are really that good, these old ones will need to be discounted more to be wrothwhile to buy.

May 12, 2016 | 09:03 AM - Posted by Zaxx (not verified)

Even 960 4gb card are seeing price cuts and rebates...just seen the 4gb Asus Strix for $179 w/ mir at newegg.

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