Nvidia and AMD cater to three market segments of gaming graphic cards:
- Entry: Users who run entry level graphic cards and who do not mind toning down the graphic settings to enjoy a casual gaming session
- Mainstream: Users who enjoy the best deal possible on graphic cards and are more inclined to spend money on cards belonging to the price / performance ratio categories
- Enthusiast: Users who demand the best of the best and have a penchant on spending countless amounts of money on graphic cards to crank up the video settings to their limits in order to enjoy the best possible gaming sessions
Today, we will be the targeting the enthusiast market, which is why, we have come up with a list of the most expensive graphic cards of 2014. Enthusiasts, get your wallets ready.
GTX 780 Ti
After AMD started rolling out their R9 and R7 series graphic cards, Nvidia’s back was severely against the wall, forcing them to come up with a contingency plan that will be able to narrow the price (and performance) gap between AMD’s offerings. The company’s solution: releasing an ever faster variant of the GTX 780, which it came to calling it the GTX 780 Ti. Armed with higher frequencies, resulting in higher memory and higher performance, Nvidia was able to substantially turn the tides once again against its adversary. That’s not all, Nvidia’s Keplar architecture; the same one that was present in the company’s successful 600 series had been assimilated in the 700 series, resulting in superior performance, low power consumption and best of all, low temperatures, which would delight overclockers.
Current price: $679.99
AMD R9 290X
Previously priced at a competitive price of $549, AMD’s current flagship single GPU solution offered users with the best possible performance that you could receive without cutting your bank account in to shreds. In short, it offered users with the best of both worlds; impressive performance and a killer price tag. No wonder Nvidia was forced to release to higher variant of the GTX 780, the GTX 780 Ti, in the hopes of thwarting its nemesis’ price friendly flagship product. Unfortunately, due to a series of users looking to maximize their income and profit by engaging in mining crypto currencies (which can be mined using graphic cards), demand for AMD’s cards surged, resulting in an imbalance. The imbalance led to a price rise, which is why we have included the R9 290X in our round off. Due to its massive power consumption and increased temperatures (preventing overclockers from tuning the card to get additional performance), some people might be reluctant to purchase this card. However, with 4 GB video RAM and the ability to mine crypto currencies effectively, the R9 290X will serve dual purposes to your purchase.
Current price: $749.99
Although the card was released in 2013, its behemoth price suggests that we will not be kicking this product down the drain any time soon. With its impressive specifications, including the 6 GB video RAM combined with the remaining frequencies, the GTX Titan is an impressive product for those who want to enjoy high resolution gaming. Although it does get beaten by several graphic cards which fall in to the smaller price range, the one advantage that the Titan has over the remaining graphic cards is the amount of video RAM it possesses. Only recently, were the 6 GB video RAM variants for the GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti released, negating that advantage completely. Nonetheless, the GTX Titan can still hold its own despite being released in the previous year.
Current price: $1099
GTX Titan Z
During Nvidia’s annual GPU Technology Conference, the CEO of Nvidia, Jen Hsun Huang delivered to the gaming populace, undoubtedly the most expensive and the most powerful graphics cards ever to be manufactured by the company. The dual GPU powerhouse will be demonstrating its graphical prowess through the use of two Keplar architecture processing units, 5760 Cuda Cores and last but certainly not least, the GTX Titan Z will come equipped with 12 GB of Video RAM. GTX Titan owners can finally be taught a lesson in humility (unless of course they wound up purchasing this card). According to reports, the GTX Titan Z will have an augmented cooling chamber, to allow the temperature of the components to stay within the thermal threshold and for overclockers to let their tuning fingers run rampant.
At the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia stated that:
“Unlike traditional dual-GPU cards, Titan Z’s twin GPUs are tuned to run at the same clock speed, and with dynamic power balancing.”
This will be extremely advantageous for users because it will not create a CPU bottleneck (unless of course you have a Xeon processor running). The other thing that Nvidia has taken in to account is that sooner or later, 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) will become a standard display format so the company has intended to make the graphics card come with such horsepower that it will be able to render above satisfactory performance on the 5K resolution. Huang added that:
“If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer that you need to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you.”
In case you were wondering the price, the GTX Titan Z’s price tag is equivalent to Apple’s Mac Pro which obviously means that you will have to end up serving up an arm and a leg to purchase one.
Price at launch: $3000
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