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Where on Earth did you get THAT idea? I don't know if you're aware of this but the selling price of the IBM PC model 5150 was $1,565USD in 1981 with a whopping 16K of RAM. If we paid more for new tech, we'd be paying like $50,000 for a modern PC. Banish that thought from your mind immediately because you're just setting yourself up to get screwed by believing that lie.The minimum price of entry went up from $200 to $300 so that's a legitimate gripe. However you will always pay more for new tech, so it shouldn't be an unexpected one.
What if I told you that nVidia charged the EXACT same amount of money for its top-end cards for five generations (over 10 years)? What if I told you that tech isn't supposed to go up in price, it's supposed to DROP. Where did you get this "ALWAYS" crap from? Man, they programmed you but GOOD!
Now, tech gets CHEAPER as time goes on and personally, while I have had an all-AMD rig for years, I am not the least bit impressed by what AMD is doing. In fact, I'm downright pissed off. AMD not only increased prices but removed the fans from all CPUs over 65W and the one that's being included with the Ryzen 5 5600X is the Wraith Stealth, the cooler that used to be reserved for the Ryzen 3 CPUs. My R7-1700 came with a Wraith Spire RGB and my R5-3600X came with a standard Wraith Spire.
AMD is starting to nickel-and-dime its customers, something that it should know not to do because its success was based on the fact that it DOESN'T do that. The problem is that AMD for years saw all the dumb people bending over and taking it from Intel because Intel was "the fastest" and so now they're just like "If that's how it works..." which is a cop-out when they know better.
AMD is still alive today for two reasons and it seems to have forgotten one of them. They are:
- ATi kept AMD alive when AMD couldn't keep themselves alive
- A lot of people bought AMD over Intel because even though Intel and nVidia's performance was better, their corporate ethics were non-existent.
So now AMD wants to be like Intel? Well, here's why what AMD is doing is hopelessly short-sighted. Intel still holds the lion's share of the market and things can always go wrong. Intel is still VERY capable of coming out with something that can beat Ryzen simply because they have the money to do so.
If AMD starts gouging like this, they can be quite certain that if something goes wrong and Intel becomes king again, nobody is going to sympathise with them and AMD really WILL die. If AMD keeps the principles that got them where they are, Intel will be in real trouble. As things are right now, Intel is extremely glad that AMD is pulling a **** move like this.