Originally Posted by Casecutter
And I certainly would imagine “low-end discrete” chips will cease to be new releases, when the 28Nm parts start to show. Might be smart to hold on to any 5570 and GT220 they might have some value in the short term.
I guess they will have to release something on the low end. And this goes for both Nvidia and AMD. IMO it's naive to think that revenues/profits derived from EPG can match that of low end graphics sales. In fact I don't think EPG will have any sort of attributable profit attached, CPUs are just CPUs and IMO are going to be perceived that way, so a CPU that is ment to replace a $150 CPU will have to be sold for that much (+maybe $5), regardless of if it has a GPU attached or not. Just look at Sandy Bridge, it has been sold for what you would expect such CPUs to cost, meybe even less according to their performance/price being so much better than previous Intel CPUs.
I don't think AMD or Intel are going to be able to get away with asking more for the GPU component. I just find it hard to believe that after so many years almost giving away IGPs (compared to the price of chipsets) they will be able to make real money out of EPG. IMO it's just the evolution, something expected by the industry that they had to make even though it's not the most profitable way for them (specially AMD). Of course AMD sees this as a way of increasing their CPU and platform sales which is far more profitable than the low-end GPU market, but let's see if that turns out well. First Bulldozer performance figures are less than stellar so I don't know how good their future CPUs will be, no on die GPU will save them if their CPU component can't compete with Ivy Bridge.