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Integrated is fast enough for general tasks, APU's are capable of routine gaming. There's really no market for lower-end cards, although AMD is nice in the fact a few cheap cards (which will now be discontinued) can run a huge amount of monitors.
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They may decide to only offer 1 line of low end cards until demand drops off. That's what I would do
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If you got a NVIDIA 7950 back then, you're probably preparing to buy an AMD 7950 now.

Not a junky little 6450.
Except that I haven't even had this 7950GT for half a year. Perhaps you missed the specs of my PC? A Radeon 7950 would be horribly bottlenecked by my CPU and RAM, and would be totally overkill for my monitor.
 
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I don't really see the point of any discrete graphics card lower than a GTX 460/HD 6850.

Integrated graphics from both Intel and AMD are getting to the point where they are good enough for just about anything a casual user would do, including playing most games at moderate resolution/detail settings. So there's no point to getting a low-end discrete graphics card when it won't perform much better than integrated graphics.

And as for the "in-between cards" like the GTS 450, I feel like those are way overpriced for the level of performance they offer since a GTX 460 only costs slightly more.
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Except that I haven't even had this 7950GT for half a year. Perhaps you missed the specs of my PC? A Radeon 7950 would be horribly bottlenecked by my CPU and RAM, and would be totally overkill for my monitor.
Obviously the solution is to stick with what you have and then upgrade your entire system when your current system will no longer do what you want it to do...
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Hence, we will be getting back to the era of discrete graphics..!

(thnx)
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Hence, we will be getting back to the era of discreet graphics..!
dis·crete
Adjective: Individually separate and distinct.

dis·creet
Adjective: Careful and circumspect in one's speech or actions, esp. to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage
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Obviously the solution is to stick with what you have and then upgrade your entire system when your current system will no longer do what you want it to do...
Indeed. That's why if only my GPU fails and there's no low-end video cards available, I'm screwed. (my old GPUs are AGP...)
 
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Except that I haven't even had this 7950GT for half a year. Perhaps you missed the specs of my PC? A Radeon 7950 would be horribly bottlenecked by my CPU and RAM, and would be totally overkill for my monitor.
6570, anyone?

The 7950GT isn't slower than the 6450, by the way. It has 3.5x the memory bandwidth (of the ubiquitous DDR3 version of the 6450) and 3.5x the pixel fillrate.
Here's some synthetics
http://hwbot.org/compare/videocards#1828_1,1036_1-5,12
Edited by sLowEnd - 8/8/11 at 10:30am
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I don't really see the point of any discrete graphics card lower than a GTX 460/HD 6850.

Integrated graphics from both Intel and AMD are getting to the point where they are good enough for just about anything a casual user would do, including playing most games at moderate resolution/detail settings. So there's no point to getting a low-end discrete graphics card when it won't perform much better than integrated graphics.
IMO they should discontinue the 6450 and 6570, but that's it.

The 6670 is necessary for Dual Graphics/Hybrid CrossFire, and the 6700 series is 2-3x faster than the Fusion iGPUs.
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