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Originally Posted by Nintendo Maniac 64 View Post
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...)

Again... moot!

It doesn't matter, any video card today will mostly be junk in 2013... about the time AMD goes EOL on low-end video cards. So your situation is moot, it will not effect you.
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6570, anyone?
Well yes, CURRENTLY they're available, but we're talking about the future here, and not necessarily about me. What would your average Joe do for example if no low-end graphics cards were available, but didn't want to buy a new PC or learn how do replace a motherboard?


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It doesn't matter, any video card today will mostly be junk in 2013...
My old ATI Rage 128 still works and is being used in a download box so that the integrated graphics don't take away from the lowly 512MB of system RAM (as much as the mobo supports).
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My old ATI Rage 128 still works man...



Well yes, CURRENTLY they're available, but we're talking about the future here, and not necessarily about me. What would your average Joe do for example if no low-end graphics cards were available, but didn't want to buy a new PC or learn how do replace a motherboard?
Development of low end cards might stop, but production probably won't.
You can still find the Geforce 6200 on the market today.
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Seriously? A Geforce 6200 TODAY? O_o Guess I've been a bit over dramatic with my worrying - I'll edit that out of the opening post. Shall we move on then?

Oh, and by the way...
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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
Are you really sure? If so, then take it up with this thread, since that's where I got my info from:
http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...time-last.html
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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.
i see what you did there
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As long as they leave in the low mid range+ cards I don't see this as being too much of a problem.
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Seriously? A Geforce 6200 TODAY? O_o Guess I've been a bit over dramatic with my worrying - I'll edit that out of the opening post. Shall we move on then?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129042

idk why anyone would buy this and why people waste their money by continuing to produce these...
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Sounds reasonable. The integrated stuff will be just as powerful or nearly, which should suit just fine for where these are aimed at, OEM, HTPC. I don't imagine they will cut all of the low range stuff, but maybe like anything below a 6870/50 wouldn't be necessary. Or whatever the cutoff for the APU's power is at, then start the dedicated cards above that performance tier.

There are a few nice things about a dedicated cheapo card, like multi monitor support by dropping in something inexpensive, or replacing a faulty card outright. They probably should support this segment for a while longer, since there are a loooot of pc's out there that will stay in service for some time, and this is something that could be replaced.
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It's not like they'd be worse off without them.
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The only benefit I can see to the bottom end is being a low powered replacement for a defunct on-board which is sad to see go but most IGP's are capable now at days and will most likely last the lifetime of the computer. The low end is really saturated if you think about the amount of (what were) high/mid range cards that are being resold, IGP's and 2 companies pumping out discrete low end cards.

It's good in a way because they can focus more on the ultra low powered HTPC/APU and medium to high end enthusiast spectrums.
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