Originally Posted by jrbroad77
You want to talk price fixing? Look at Intel, negligible performance gain for IB (10%), smaller die, and it's going to cost the exact same as SB. And Intel has a $1000 flagship CPU that has a transistor count 33% as much as the 7970. And somehow Intel hasn't managed to bring a quad-core below $185 retail when AMD's been at it since 2009 or so with $150 quads. So spare me. Just wait until Nvidia has cards out for a while, yields go up, and all the 40nm cards are discontinued, you should get your price drop.
Intel "quad" cores outperform AMD 6 cores by a pretty substantial margin. The comparison isn't even fair.
To compare a SB-E to a 7970 is not a fair comparison. The SB-E is more of a professional's chip as the nvidia quadro is. The Competition has nothing on the market to compete with that. Have you seen the price of Nvidia quadros lately?Source
When Intel starts selling their professional chips at 4000 dollars I'll start worrying. AMD is not even competitive in that market of graphics. They are at least competitive in the enthusiast realm (7xxx 6xxx vs gtx 6xx 5xx)
The fact that I can pick up effectively an 8 core processor for <300 dollars (2600k) is a testament to Intel actually being competitive price wise. Before you say its not a true 8 core let me remind you that the 8150 isn't a true 8 core either. It's effectively a quad core with hardware hyperthreading.