Originally Posted by 2010rig
I hear you talking about this a lot, so I'm curious, how much does NVIDIA pay per GK104 & GK110 wafer?
Bored and decided to research this:
Most dies are still made off of 300mm wafers, and the average cost of those is just around $3000/wafer, using $3000 as a higher end metric (Source1: Page 9, Source 2). 450mm wafers aren't scheduled to be used until around 2018.
There apparently is only 69279mm2 of usable space on a 300mm wafer (Source: .PPT download).
So (also using $3000 average cost per wafer):
GK110: ~125 dies: $24/die
GK104: ~235 dies: ~$12.77/die
And for AMD statistics:
Tahiti: ~189 dies: ~$15.87/die
Hawaii: ~158 dies: ~$18.99/die
So, barring all of the R&D (majority of the cost of silicon production), both sides don't actually spend all that much per die. In reality, its quite cheap for both AMD/Nvidia to produce their GPU dies (through GlobalFoundries/TSMC). Cost per die between GK110 and Hawaii is actually not that much (~$5). Hopefully, this puts to rest the ridiculous flame wars that happen between AMD/Nvidia fans regarding die costs.
Edited by Kinaesthetic - 10/27/13 at 12:24pm