Originally Posted by killnine
Could not have said it better myself.
Given, Nvidia and AMD probably make HUGEEEE margins, there is a lot more than just "buiding the card" that goes into a GPU. Thousands upon thousands of man-hours go into the development and testing. Not to mention, they have to outsource the fabrication most of the time to Taiwan, which is more overhead.
On the otherhand, look at RAM. Wouldn't it be nice to get a GTX for 300 bucks?
sure.. "thousands of man hours..." but do they have to be paid a fortune per hour?
think about it... minimal wage prices in your state are x.xx ? well what do the guys ag ati/nvidia make?
software programmers 35-60$ an hour maybe? the dudes that actually design the cards? 40-75$ an hour ?
oh. and their schemes i.e. medical insurance for each worker = 125$ a pay check. (but they buy in bulk and get a discount down to 65$ a pay check) but that isnt defined in the cost figures are they? so in all reality the cost could be alot less. (it might cost them 150-225$ to make a card atm) but im sure they say it costs them 325-350..... but of course. they could drop this price to maybe 75-110$ ?
how? by not telling people they use xxx amount of $ for something i.e. medical stuff.. when they actually pay alot less because they hide the fact they get bulk discounts.... i wouldnt be surprised if they did this with the actual pcb prices....
cost is 425$ to make one card. thats what they base their costs to consumers on.... but actually because they dont make "just one card" but make hundreds of thousands. the actual cost is ALOT less
simply put. any company that makes something. will try to do what i have mentioned. why? because they can get away with it "for a while"
after fines/lawsuits they actually still come out ahead from the years and years that they have fixed prices.... so why not do it? you might get punished but in the end ul still be better off....
think about what i said...