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Why do the highest end GPUs keep getting more expensive?

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For the past about 5 years the top tier GPUs like say GTX 480s, have always been about $500. Dual GPU cards were more, but the top of the top line were always about $500. Now it seems really weird that they are charging like $700-$800 for a GTX 780! And even more surprising is $1000 for a Titan! What the heck is up with that? It kind of really makes you lose a ton of money in a few years. I bought my GTX 480 for $500 in 2010 and you can get them used for $100 now. I can't imagine what is will be like for people who spend $1000!

So my question is, why this increase in price? I think it really detures people who want to get the best of the best but aren't insanely loaded.
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I've got to believe the only answer is; Because they can. If we weren't buying the high-end GPU's at their inflated price's, those price's would drop...mad.gif
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It's economics. Price a GPU at $1000, and people will pay... and back then, there was nothing else to drive the price of GK110 down. In the recent past, AMD's smaller chips held their own against the ~500mm^2 Nvidia chips for various reasons (first to 55nm + GDDR5 with the 4870, first to 40nm with the 5870, Fermi had issues compared to 6xxx). GK110 went unmatched for awhile, so it was priced accordingly.
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Simply put, because WE as a community keep buying them.
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