Originally Posted by Liranan
What's unbelievable is that people will rush out and buy these overpriced cards. It's these people who can't think beyond their own selfish epeen and cause both Nvidia and AMD to raise prices because they know these people will throw their money at anything.
I don't think your complaints are warranted. The issue isn't price as much as competition. Why complain about 200K$ Lamborghinis being sold as long as there are affordable mustangs and BMWs that do the trick? the real complaint is that we have no alternative beyond the 1060 GTX.
The way I see it AMD is currently catering to the sub $300 mass market, which forces nVidia to release its 1060/1050 GTX quickly and at a lower price point. On the flip nVidia is charging record highs for its 300 mm^2 1080 GTX since AMD isn't competing with it.
These are the same market forces at play since the early 2000s (when I became an engineer and could afford this hobby). Nothing really changed. If you don't have any competition in your segment you raise the price since you have a monopoly anyway. Right now 1080 GTX and its larger variant (now branded) the Titan X are uncontested and so they'll be expensive. When the 7970 first launched it was uncontested, and it was priced accordingly.
If we should complain, it should be about blind brand loyalty. Even if Vega was 15% faster and 15% cooler and consumed 15% less power than the 1080 GTX and had the same price tag, people would still buy the nvidia card. Even when AMD creamed nvidia's offering it still barely reached 50% market share. We're the ones creating a monopoly.. and we're the ones driving the insane preorder then fail launches by the big publishers.
For the past 4 years we've seen the beginnings of nVidia's monopoly.. and it stinks as much as intels.