South Africa's favourite GPUs

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South Africa's favourite GPUs

While 2019 has seen the launch of numerous high-end graphics cards, mid-range GPUs from Nvidia and AMD are still popular among South African gamers.

This is according to local PC hardware retailers.
 

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A good article to write would be how both Nvidia and Intel got greedy and got their asses handed to them by AMD. I'm not an AMD fan, but got to admit, their products are cheaper for similar if not better performance.
 

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A good article to write would be how both Nvidia and Intel got greedy and got their asses handed to them by AMD. I'm not an AMD fan, but got to admit, their products are cheaper for similar if not better performance.
AMD no in the graphics department, it's more second hand 580s that are keeping the price low in the midrange segment.
 

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And since when is a R8k card mid-range?
Where do you see 8k called mid-range?

mid-range would be rx 570 to gtx 1660ti, anything above that would be higher-end followed by enthusiast.
 

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Where do you see 8k called mid-range?

mid-range would be rx 570 to gtx 1660ti, anything above that would be higher-end followed by enthusiast.
Well, think he means because the RTX 2060 can go up to that about: https://www.wootware.co.za/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2060-graphics-cards and it used to be around the 7500 marker last year I think because cheaper stuff were generally sold out.
That said, I still wouldn't lump the RTX 2060 as mid-range, I'd lump it into higher end. The 1660 Ti is also on the border for me, would say top mid-range would be 1660 Super, about R4-5k. All subjective though in regards to how you bracket it.
 

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Where do you see 8k called mid-range?

mid-range would be rx 570 to gtx 1660ti, anything above that would be higher-end followed by enthusiast.
"The GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card was launched by Nvidia in January, offering great value in the mid-range market."
I'd say anything above R5k can't really be mid-range.
 

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"The GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card was launched by Nvidia in January, offering great value in the mid-range market."
I'd say anything above R5k can't really be mid-range.
It's mid-range because the world (thankfully) doesn't trade in Rands. In the US/UK (where all these things are decided) the 2060 is very much a mid-range card. You could even stretch that to include the 2070. Of course, that wouldn't apply to South Africa, where a 2060 becomes a mid to upper tier card because the exchange rate is ****.
 

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Where do you see 8k called mid-range?

mid-range would be rx 570 to gtx 1660ti, anything above that would be higher-end followed by enthusiast.
For the price in SA, yes, not for performance. 570's, etc, are budget cards, not mid-range by any means. They're the cards you always find in pre-builts for a reason.
 

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It's mid-range because the world (thankfully) doesn't trade in Rands. In the US/UK (where all these things are decided) the 2060 is very much a mid-range card. You could even stretch that to include the 2070. Of course, that wouldn't apply to South Africa, where a 2060 becomes a mid to upper tier card because the exchange rate is ****.
It's still not mid-range. ±10 years ago it would have been R4k, not mid-range.
 

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It's mid-range because the world (thankfully) doesn't trade in Rands. In the US/UK (where all these things are decided) the 2060 is very much a mid-range card. You could even stretch that to include the 2070. Of course, that wouldn't apply to South Africa, where a 2060 becomes a mid to upper tier card because the exchange rate is ****.
Bullsh*t. Cards have gotten more expensive from the manufacturer irrespective of the Rand.
 

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While you people fight over mid range and not mid range, I just have one question....


Can it play Crysis?
 

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Counter bullshit. Performance at the $400 price point has always been considered mid-range.
How long have you been building PCs? Geforce 4 Ti 4600 in 2002 which was a top end card was 320 dollars, the midrange 4200 was 200 dollars even less.
The 8800 GT mid to high end in 2007 199 to 250 dollars, the HD6870 from 2010 was 239 dollars.
As mentioned the price of GFX cards has gone up, mid tier has always been the 200 to 300 dollar mark.
 

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How long have you been building PCs? Geforce 4 Ti 4600 in 2002 which was a top end card was 320 dollars, the midrange 4200 was 200 dollars even less.
The 8800 GT mid to high end in 2007 199 to 250 dollars, the HD6870 from 2010 was 239 dollars.
As mentioned the price of GFX cards has gone up, mid tier has always been the 200 to 300 dollar mark.
Clearly only lives in 2019, with no understanding of inflation and technology enhancement costs throughout the years.
 

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Clearly only lives in 2019, with no understanding of inflation and technology enhancement costs throughout the years.
Yup considering that if the 4600 was released now it would still be 450 dollars Vs the almost 1000 dollars the 2080ti was released at.
 

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What was the single contributing factor to GPU pricing (especially low and mid range cards) in the last 4-5 years? Not technological advancements or inflation. Cryptomining. Unless you've been living in a box you'd remember that 580s were going for $600 used in some markets, and the GPU market as a whole was a complete **** up. It's only recently stabilised again.

Besides, if we're using the traditional model the 2060 is supposed to be the entry level card, the mid range is the 2070, and the high end is the 2080/ti. Cards like the 1650, 1660/ti only exist out of necessity to keep up with AMD who flooded the market with "eSports cards" (no-one is going to pay $200+ on a GPU to play LoL, Dota 2, etc). And because of this the 2060 is considered mid-range, instead of the 2070.

And to answer your question: the first machine I built 12 or so years ago had an 8800 GT in it (MSRP was around $300) - a step up in performance from the GTS which was the mid-range card (GTX/Ultra were top range), and which cost $400(!).
 
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