Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric
Why do we have our rigs listed in our sigs? Why do we post our benchmark numbers in the forum? Why do we drool over guys like Vega who build crazy laboratory machines just to run 3dmark11. You're darn right video cards are status symbols just in the same way as turbo kits are to car guys. Let's not pretend as though we don't care what other computer hobbyists think of our rigs shall we...
I use my rig to play games. Not sure about you...
Let me rephrase this: I'm not snubbing those that spend money on high-end components. Intel has been pricing their flagship CPU's at $1000 for a while now. The thing is that Intel consistently releases an incredible gaming chip at around $200 each year or two. That makes the $1000 CPU ok because most people will buy the $200 CPU and be completely happy that they're getting 80% of the performance for 20% of the price.
Now, Nvidia on the other hand has a card called the GTX 690, which by itself is a great card. It's fast, energy efficient, and it looks very cool. It's twice as expensive as nvidia's GTx 680, and rightfully so; the GTX 690 uses two GTX 680 chips. However, in terms of gaming, once you get below the GTX 670, a $400 card, there starts to be pretty significant compromises in the lineup. The GTX 660 Ti is a perfect example of this with its limited memory bus which hurts AA performance.
So why in the world is a card called the Titan, which offers roughly 30-60% more performance than a GTX 680, priced at the same level as a GTX 690? I mean, my head is exploding here thinking about it. Every ounce of sense in my brain is telling me that the Titan should be priced between $800-900 in order not to gouge the existing GTX 690. Yet, the Titan is priced exactly the same as the 690.
I mean, you can argue that graphics cards and rigs are a status symbol all day long, but the fact is, I use my rig to play games. I'm proud of my rig, for sure, but I do not consider it a status symbol. At the end of the day, only one fact remains: Nvidia is gouging their customer base by releasing this card at $1000. You can call it status, you can call it business, you can even call it awesome... It's still a rip-off and a dangerous proposition for the entire market.Edited by Mad Pistol - 2/19/13 at 10:31pm