Originally Posted by T4C Fantasy
its not exactly bad... amd and nvidia are listening to the people and meet their budget needs, not only are they lowering the price of the main sku cards they are releasing more skus... so your point is compeltely invalid about it being bad for teh community when they are both lowering costs and making more. its simple supply and demand... if the people didnt demand the companies wouldnt supply -.-
Wrong. They are protecting prices of other cards. That's why those cards are always in very low numbers. They are just "fillers". If they were serving the market, because there was a demand for a card like that in a price point like that, they would be in huge quantities. They never are, so it's not drived by supply and demand.
You tell me how many of those kind of cards are there high on the list... None.
They release those cards to protect the price of higher cards. How? Imagine 2 cards at $100 and $150. As usual the faster cards perf/$ is lower, it's 25% faster, while it costs %50 more. So with only those 2 cards what can people do? Either settle for the $100 card or wait until the $150 lowers its price. In both cases, profits lost for the company AND by brute force of capitalism and competing brands the $150 WILL lower its price, since there's more demand for cheaper cards.
So company introduces card 3, at $125 and it's barely faster than the $100 card. But several people will bait, it has a simmilar name as the $150 card, it MUST have something better than the $100 card right? And often times it does have "something", mostly irrelevant for its severely lowered performance, like amount of memory. And so the $150 card does not ever lower it's price much, because the relative perf/$ below it, has been worsened by the $125 card and a good chunk of people wanting more than the $100 card, but who cannot afford $150 card have something to get. Something artificial that is not really better for them, but they spent $125 and NOW, they didn't wait until the innevitable drop on the $150 card. Instant profits for the company. But at least most people know better than that which is demostrated by the low success of such cards. It still works for the company anyway as is demostrated by prices of last couple years.
So it's not a service, not a single HDxx30 has been a good buy overall and has never been in enough quantities as to become a supply/demand force. Same for SE, LE cards or whatever Nvidia calls them.