Originally Posted by chmodlabs
Pricing wise this sounds very unfeasible. I'd be shocked to see more than a 7770 or 7750 in the xbox 720, and I don't see massively multi-threaded console games any time soon either.
you can buy a twin frozr 7850 from china for $160. they are still making a large profit also. you can actually even get them much less depending on the amount you buy.
the xbox will only be buying the gpu, no pcb, fan, package, or anything unnecessary. also they will be buying them in huge quantities, like a million at a time, or some contract that would say we will buy 50 million within this time span for this X amount per unit.
wouldn't be shocked if they got them for about $25 per, if even that much.
china and other areas around there make 90% (or give or take) of the worlds electronic parts, even Texas instruments (a US based company sources most of their items to that part of the globe)
this is where i used to buy my electronics in bulk or custom built items at a fraction of the prices i could get them in US.
you also have to remember, xbox isn't sold to make a profit. they do that with content you buy on the system like movies, tv shows, games, and the online membership.