I remember late last year around the time of the Holiday sales, you could get 1080 level performance for about $500. This included the GTX 1080 and Vega 64 cards. This was right before the crypto mining crazy that drove prices through the roof.
Last year I was thinking about it but I said no, when Nvidia releases their new cards you will get a massive amount of performance at the $500 price point. Well, Nvidia released their new cards.
This year you can still get 1080 level performance for around $500. The new RTX 2070 cards can be found for $500. If you are ok with last years cards you can get a 1080 or Vega 64 for around $450. To me that is pathetic. How can you go from 1080 performance for $500 last year(which wasn't that good because the same was true a year before that), to the same thing this year even with the launch of a new generation of Nvidia cards?
The only cards that I have seen that are really good deals are the Vega 56 and 1070 ti cards. I have seen the 1070 ti for $350 and the Vega 56 for $330, both on good sales.
I think the Vegas 56 for $330 is a great deal and it gives you close to 1080 performance for $170 less than last year. Not too bad for value hunters. I would eliminate the GTX 1070 ti because who wants to support an anti consumer company like Nvidia?
Regarding the 590 who knows what that will bring. However, I don't see it really outperforming a Vega 56 for less than $330. I'm sure it will be a good product but I think the smart shoppers will be picking up Vega 56 cards before they run out.
Who's upgrading GPU this Christmas season? What cards are you eyeing?