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R9 pricing through the roof

#1smelly_boobPosted 2/11/2014 7:39:52 PM
R9 270x is up to $300 new on newegg.... i bought mine 3 weeks ago for $230 and got a free bf4 game.... seriously thinking of ebaying it and buying a 760 gtx, this is crazy you crazy bitminers
#2SeEyEeSPosted 2/11/2014 7:44:26 PM
Holy cow the prices are getting crazy. Glad I bought my 270 for less than $200.
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#3Flaktrooper123Posted 2/11/2014 8:05:21 PM
R9 270X was untouched by the bicoin madness until last month. Today it is starting to get affected unfortunately. Looks like good for business for both AMD and Nvidia. With the AMD running out of stock and the prices gone crazy, gamers are forced to buy Nvidia.
#4killkountPosted 2/11/2014 8:28:35 PM(edited)
I bought my 290 for $400

How much could I get for it now? Enough for a 780ti? Haha.

edit: that's a big no, but at the same time the performance gain isn't worth $300 at all. And sometimes the gain is by like, 2 frames max but typically lower frames on the minimum side. and i'm pretty sure sometimes the 290/290x do better than the 780/780ti.
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#5Flaktrooper123Posted 2/11/2014 8:18:16 PM
290X costs the same as 780ti nowadays
#6Flame_HazardPosted 2/11/2014 8:21:13 PM
I'm not sure I get what bitcoin has to do with AMD cards...iirc, these coins are in some ridiculous way generated by generating heat from GPUs. So, what, is it a matter of non gamers buying out the cost friendly AMD cards to do this stuff? Can it only be done with AMD cards, and if not, won't this affect Nvidia cards soon?
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#7SleepComaPosted 2/11/2014 8:22:06 PM
Yeah I sold my 7970Ghz edition back when the mining craze first happened for $500 on eBay. I would definitely say yeah to upgrading right now while you can get away with actually selling your used card for a profit.
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#8PanopictonguyPosted 2/11/2014 8:55:53 PM(edited)
Flame_Hazard posted...
I'm not sure I get what bitcoin has to do with AMD cards...iirc, these coins are in some ridiculous way generated by generating heat from GPUs. So, what, is it a matter of non gamers buying out the cost friendly AMD cards to do this stuff? Can it only be done with AMD cards, and if not, won't this affect Nvidia cards soon?


Bitmining apps solve math problems using your GPU as the computing engine. AMD cards are better at doing this. When a block is solved you get a coin, or a fraction of a coin. The whole "Heat" thing that is going around is due to the card being used 99% just to do the computing. So your card runs at or near max temps when bitmining at all times.


EDIT: That's probably why they call it Bit "mining" much like mining causing the drill bit to heat up the longer you use it. Your video card heats up the longer you mine coins.
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#9EpicKingdom_Posted 2/11/2014 8:57:51 PM
It's annoying. I haven't purchased the Tri-X yet cause of such things.
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#10Unsugarized_FooPosted 2/11/2014 9:07:50 PM
I bought my 7870 two weeks ago for $150, and now it's on sale for $257 on Amazon.
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