Nvidia Slashes Prices of GTX 900-series; Should You Purchase GeForce GTX 980 Ti for $450?
Now that the GeForce GTX 10-series cards are out, the last gen Maxwell cards no longer make sense at the previous pricing. So Nvidia has dropped prices of its premium GeForce GTX 900-series cards including the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which would help the company clear out the inventory, and benefit gamers, too.
Nvidia’s first Pascal based cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, are now available for purchase starting at $599 and $379, respectively. Both cards are faster than the GTX Titan X, which itself beats the GTX 980 Ti, meaning there is little to no reason for customers to purchase the latter at a price of $600.
So Nvidia has reduced the price and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is now selling on the street for around $450, depending on the model. The MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Golden Edition is selling for $400 ($370 after rebate) over at Newegg, while the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! and MSI’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G LE carry a price tag of $430 and $410, respectively.
In addition, there are several other models from Asus, EVGA, and Gigabyte that are available for a price less than $500. But the question is, is the GeForce GTX 980 Ti worth purchasing at this price point compared to the GTX 1070?
Well, the answer would be no, except if you already own a GTX 980 Ti and want to add a second in SLI. Or, you’re just looking for the additional CUDA cores, in case you’re building a workstation setup using consumer cards. Otherwise, you’re better off wait for stores to receive stock of the GeForce GTX 1070.
Moreover, Nvidia has also slashed prices of the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 by $75 and $25. The GeForce GTX 980 now starts at around $380 on Newegg, or $370 after rebate, though the deal doesn’t make sense compared to the $379 Pascal based GTX 1070.
Finally, there is the GeForce GTX 970 that is priced at as low as $240, or $220 after rebate, that appears to be a nice deal for mid-range gamers considering the card does meet the requirements for VR gaming. But, would you really want to purchase this card especially when the release of AMD Radeon RX 480 is just around the corner – a $199 Polaris based card which is expected to beat the GeForce GTX 980 and the R9 Nano.