Originally Posted by DaClownie
Right, but this will open up the market for nVidia... When people have a processor with a low end card and need to upgrade the low end card because it died or something... AMD no longer gets a piece of that pie.
Those low end cards gotta be pretty much pure profit. Not an ounce of new technology to em. Shoot, they can probably build those things in their sleep by now.
I doubt they're gonna stop manufacturing them, they will probably just make and stick to making one model of a low-end GPU instead of 10 different variants, since the only reason people nowadays will still buy one is for some 1080p/Blu-ray watching on an outdated or OEM PC that needs GPU acceleration. Believe you me, Nvidia is still going to fail hard in this market, regardless of what AMD decide to do, as AMD is always the last to leave any specialized market, and this will be no exception (see the HD 3850/4670 AGP as an example of a market that Nvidia abandoned eons before AMD...FYI, AMD's AGP cards are still bought to this day, and sold quite well from my knowledge).
Originally Posted by DuckieHo
Not really.... Both Intel and AMD IGP are basically "good enough" now for most tasks. If a user wanted to game or a GPGPU, they would not look at the lowest level cards. NVIDIA has been fully aware of the impending death of the entry GPU market for years.
The entry level cards do make up a large bulk of sale volume but the margins on them are much smaller. i.e. It might cost them $20 to make a $30 card and $150 to make a $500 card.
It's nothing even remotely close to that. They mean it just makes them less money than their higher end cards, they're not in any way lacking profitable-enough margins. The reason they're doing this is because they used to make dozens of different models, which is what costs AMD money and what they're hoping to cut out. They will now look for the cheapest possible GPU chip to manufacture and release it as one end-all entry level/discrete GPU and keep it being manufactured, which will save them money from designing say, 5 to 10 different entry-level variants. They will make 1, maybe 2 models tops, and keep them as an option for OEMs/system upgraders with old PCs, and believe me there are plenty of them left to date.Edited by Am* - 8/8/11 at 7:18pm