The Rising Prices of AMD Cards
Yeah, I know: supply & demand. That's basically what it comes down to when you see a $899 pricetag on an R9 290X card from the Red Team (looking at you, Newegg). Do I like it? Hell no.
Bitcoin. Dogecoin. Coinye. All fine in theory, but in practice? People buy cards in bulk to mine these strange currencies, and the end result is not enough product and increasing prices (do they even think of the cost of electricity?... much power, such cost, wow).
I have two Radeon HD 7870 cards from GIGABYTE and they're doing fine right at this moment. But what about a month from now? 3 months? 6 months? I'm going to want to invest in a better solution. And with the current prices of the R9 290 and 290X cards, the price-to-performace ratio is not worth it at all. Why would I pay ~$800 to ~$900 for a Red Team card when I can get a card from the Green Team for about the same price (or slightly less) and is roughly 7% better in raw specs? Of course, I'm referring to the R9 290X vs. the GTX 780Ti. Right now at Newegg Canada's website, I can get a GTX780Ti for as low as $729.99 CAD, whereas if I wanted a R9 290X, that would set me back $834.99 CAD (not including lower-priced cards as they're not in stock at the time of this post). Remember, look at the price difference and the raw spec difference.
And I know, it's not AMD's fault. Of course not, how could it be? It's nothing personal, but with the way things are going it looks like I'll be switching to the Green Team for my next purchase.
Though I do want to commend Roy Taylor from AMD as he's been great in all of our coversations, and he's actively trying to help new purchasers of Red Team cards as I type this. What will come of this effort has yet to be seen, and I hope he makes a difference (even if it's a small one). Here's the tweet showing Roy at work:
@vettexl we are working on it. Drop me a line and I will personally take care of you firstname.lastname@example.org— Roy@AMD (@amd_roy) February 14, 2014
So at the end of it all, what am I going to do? I'm going to wait. Yes, that's right. I want to give AMD some time and see how things work out. If they make a genuine attempt to sort things out then I'm all for that (though they only have so much room for improvement - the rest is up to the retailers), but if in 3 or 6 months from now it's more economical to buy a Green Team card over any Red Team card, then that's what I'll be doing.
I wish Roy Taylor and the rest of the fine staff at AMD luck, and we'll reconvene in say... 3 months?
"Enabling today, inspiring tomorrow" - I sincerely hope so, AMD. I genuinely do.