- Mar 15, 2020
I don't think anyone can call the 3090 or even 3080 Ti's good values, but this does help put things in perspective.It's 97-98% of a 3090 for $400 less ... or 105-110% of a 3080 for $500 more. That is atrocious value. Saying "it's good value compared to the ludicrously priced top-end SKU" is allowing Nvidia to (constantly) shift the goal posts and set the bar for what constitutes value, and ignores all other context, such as ... well, life, reality, affordability, etc. If you (or anyone) can afford a 3090, good for you (/them), but if so you're in a privileged position that essentially nobody is in, and should recognize that. For everyone else, the question (after "can I at all afford this?") is "is this worth the price increase over the SKU below?" What you're saying is a clear reversal of logic that needs to be called out for its inherent biases and skewed priorities.
The 3090 has always been a marketing power play by Nvidia to push what a non-Titan card can cost; and I agree, in a more normal world, if more people looked at it the way I did (i.e: 98% of a 3090) and less looked at it the way you do (110% of a 3080), then it'd probably work... Which is a shame, because even if it's shitty, these things will still all be snapped up in seconds and the price window for the next series of cards will continue to shift higher anyway.
Regardless - thanks for this call out; I've been waiting a while and was likely trying to find some justification in making myself wait this long, for an upgrade that turned out not to be worth the cost. As mentioned in my post, I'll probably see if I can't get a good 3080 (TUF/Strix/Master/Extreme, etc.) during a Best Buy drop or something, though I'm probably late at this point and the limited 10GB of VRAM doesn't make me super excited to settle... but it should still be better than my current GTX 970.