New Graphics Card: Part 1
by, 09-21-2015 at 12:07 PM (1822 Views)
So I'm still using a rapidly aging GTX 670 (2 GB) and had been waiting for AMD's Fury lineup of dGPUs. Well they are out, the top two cards are where I expected them to be price-wise. The Nano was the one that interested me for it's form factor and performance ability potential. The performance is there. I'd say within striking distance of the 980Ti, but not at the current price point of $650. I was rather hoping some of the rumormill of it being a $400 card was accurate. Guess not. I'll have to wait for it to drop in price by at least $200 before considering it. I just don't have a $650 graphics card budget. $400 would have been a absolute limit. Now I can't even afford that since I've seen spent the money on bills. The GTX970 Mini, however, was disappointing in comparison. Meh.
You're probably asking why I'm considering such a small card when I have a full tower? Simple, I plan on building a new smaller rig next year. This time, it's very likely I'll be doing a AMD rig. I've had Intel rigs for the past 3-4 cycles. Think I'm just tired of looking at grim upgrade potentials years down the road. If I want the latest Intel CPU, I'd have to get rid of my current motherboard as well. That means I'd have to get a new copy of Windows 10 as well. That's easily another $200 down the drain. It's a non-starter for me. I'm still of the mindset that I should be able to get the latest CPU for my respective platform 2-3 years down the road before I have to upgrade the motherboard. Sadly I can't just pop out my 3770K for a 6700K. It's been 3 years since I upgraded from a E8400 to the 3770K (which also required me buying a new board). We've gone through 3 successive "generations" of chips since, hence the starting "6xxx" vs. my current "3xxx". On the flipside, it doesn't look like AMD users can get the latest and greatest and just it in next year when the new Zen chips out. Then again, they were due for a socket change at their yesteryear's standard (assuming Intel's yearly tick-tock cadence is the new/current norm).
Let's see what SFF dGPUs are out these coming months before the release of the Zen CPUs.