Originally Posted by Nvidia Fanboy
Yeah, that's not correct. The 7950 gx2 came out around mid 2006 and was priced around $600. The 8800gtx came out a few months later and was also released at $600. To be honest though, I don't know if Nvidia or ATI priced their flagship cards even higher than that prior to 2006 since I wasn't into PC gaming before then.
They didn't, back in 2006, when AMD was the leader and nVidia was the "underdog", it was AMD who was trying to gouge the market with high prices. They have a long history of it, and they still do. From $1000 CPU's to $1500 dual GPU cards, AMD pretty much always has introduced a card at obscene prices, then dropped them when people wouldn't buy them.
Somehow, when nVidia started to gain marketshare (or because the people are so young and don't remember 9-10 years ago), the prices sort of stabilized, except for all but the most bleeding edge technology.
I'm an old fart, I started in computers back in the 1970s, and I remember these things. I used to be in the ATI camp BIG TIME, but got sick of the negative PR, high prices, and other issues when AMD bought them. But make no mistake, as others have said, AMD isn't "the good guy", they are greedy and did everything that they accuse nVidia of doing now, back when they were on top ... and given half a chance again, they would most likely do it all over.
Also, $600 in 2006 is $705 today.
So when people talk negatively about a $1500 dual GPU card, all I need to remind people is that AMD did that first with the R9 295X2. So even if the price remains the same, odds are that a $1500 nVidia card will still be faster than the 295X2, so it is a better value.Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 9/28/15 at 4:57pm