Why, oh why?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Paul Harris, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. Paul Harris

    Paul Harris Guest

    Why in god's name are high end graphics cards so expensive? I know it's
    cutting edge technology and all but there comes a point when having to pay
    £350+ for a single PCB just to play the latest computer game begins to just
    take the piss.
     
    Paul Harris, Aug 15, 2004
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    Phisherman Guest


    Considering that graphic cards are nearly like an entire computer
    (processor chip, memory, circuit board, bus architecture and cooling)
    I guess $150 sounds reasonable. A high-end video card ($350+) is
    intended for those $3500+ high-end computers. I wonder who's buying
    all these computer games (Doom 3 and such) and what kind of system
    they have. I stay away from the latest software, else my poor
    computer crawls. :(
     
    Phisherman, Aug 15, 2004
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    JK Guest

    Only 10% of a gaming system price for a video card? More like 20-25%
    would seem reasonable. A 10% figure would be more reasonable for a
    system not used for heavy gaming. Those who aren't doing heavy gaming
    (or other intensive 3d work) wouldn't buy a $300+ video card.
     
    JK, Aug 15, 2004
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    Al Guest

    It's the memory prices. High end graphics cards use much more.
    Processors and mainboards cost less than memory! I don't know why.
     
    Al, Aug 16, 2004
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    Dave C. Guest

    So 20 to 80 bucks of ram drives up the cost to several hundred
    ollars? -Dave
     
    Dave C., Aug 16, 2004
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    Michael-NC Guest

    The latest graphics chips have more transistors in them than a Pentium 4
    CPU, thats why they are so expensive. Stay 2 generations behind, you can get
    a excellent card for around 200.00$ US and you can play all the latest
    games, including Doom 3, which sucks anyway.
     
    Michael-NC, Aug 16, 2004
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    tooly Guest

    Money to blow. Money to burn.
    Oh, the yearn
    of it.
    Ah shit...that guy next door has something faster
    brighter, bigger...
    Not to be his Wigger!
    Cool. Rad. Gotta get buff.
    But to find it sux,
    After all them bucks,
    And it's the same lousy game as before,
    just makeup on a whore.

    But what do ya' do,
    I ain't 'bout to get locked out of no playground in the 'hood.
    And so, I got money to blow, money to burn...
    and oh, the yearn
    of it.
    Ah shit...mine will always be smaller.
     
    tooly, Aug 17, 2004
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