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Old May 24, 2013, 12:30 PM
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A random disappointing realization I just had. What's your thoughts? Am I missing something?

While graphics cards continue to offer more bang for buck at every >$150 price point the cheaper cards are seeing no real progress for a few generations now. I ordered a gtx 460 for my brother's build build in Jan 2011 for $125 after MIR with 3 games. I then ordered myself the same card for $100 after MIR with 2 free games in the Jun 2011.

Today I look at the market and find a gtx 650 (non Ti) and HD 7770 at that price (around $100), and gtx 650Ti for around $20 more with similar game bundles.

Using anandtech.com bench my 460 is faster that the 650, slightly slower than the 650Ti, and on average probably about the same as a hd 7770 (faster in some and slower in others...though if anything the 460 is faster).

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While I know they offer improved power consumption its kind of disappointing to realize that lack of progress for that specific market. I guess money does talk, as I am sure the profit margins get slim at that price point.

Hopefully the nvidia 7xx/hd8xxx will see some gains for this popular average joe market.
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Old May 24, 2013, 12:36 PM
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The evolution is that CPUs now have decent enough graphics in them to replace the $100 GPU's of the past.

Also 90% of the population doesn't need anything more than that either. PC gaming is just a small subsection of the overall PC market.
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The evolution is that CPUs now have decent enough graphics in them to replace the $100 GPU's of the past.

Also 90% of the population doesn't need anything more than that either. PC gaming is just a small subsection of the overall PC market.
Understood that most people wouldn't need more than integrated, but they are still are nowhere near matching even a hd7770/gtx 650Ti (or my gtx 460), which is about as slow as someone would want to go to actually do some half decent gaming.
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From what I gather, he's saying the cards these days aren't that much faster than the cards a few years back. The only major difference is stuff like power consumption.

And I would agree, I've used a gtx 460 and 560, both of which costs less than a 650ti now, and have marginal difference is performance. The 560 is actually performing better.
Back then you could pick up a 4850 for ~$150 and it'd be good for the next few years.
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Well I think you'd have to take into account inflation and the state of the global economy as well if you want to do an "apples-to-apples" comparison.

And the GTX460 was not $100 at launch time. It was $200 from all the articles I can find and it launched in July 2010. Not really fair to compare current-generation cards at $100.

Compare the GTX460 to $200 cards today and I think you'll see there's definitely a performance increase.
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Don't get me wrong JD, I understand your viewpoint completely. I bought the 460 when they were at their cheapest. And I agree if you look at launch price the progress is visible, but I am looking at what was available on the market for purchase almost 2 years ago in the sub $150 all taxes and shipping in market as to what is available today.

Even inflation isn't going to make a big difference, nor are older gen cards. With those factors I still see it as like this (pricing was checked with a quick look on shopbot.ca). I purchased a 1 year old card (bought roughly 1 year after release) for $100 + 5% say for 2 years worth of inflation is $105. Even if I look at older gen GPU available today I only see hd 6770 (slower that a 460) selling for just under $100, hd 6850 at >$150, and gtx 560 around the $100 if you shop around (but that is a relatively small improvement in performance, and it uses the same or more power) and 560Ti which is at >$200.
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Pretty sure this is a pure case of what the market will bear in that anybody who's willing to shell out $100 for a dedicated card can probably be convinced to shell out $150 - $200 for better performance.
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Pretty sure this is a pure case of what the market will bear in that anybody who's willing to shell out $100 for a dedicated card can probably be convinced to shell out $150 - $200 for better performance.
That is true. Given the current market options I would spring for the 650Ti boost without question. Kind of sucks for those on a tighter budget that can't swing the extra cash.
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If my budget was $100 I'd go 2nd hand.

New I'd get a 6670 openbox, I think they are close to 100 at NCIX ebay, I know OP isn't looking just talking.
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