Yeah that one was not conducive to my argument - but I did say a longtime . plus maybe the price was crazy low ( I remember wow - and brought quite a few ). Thing is a lot of Fabs coming in the next 5 years - everyone will have that console if they want it - maybe pc sales flatten - so relying on cars & new tech I lots of areas .Hard drive prices last decade were a textbook example of taking advantage of a crisis to do some price fixing... after the dust (or waters in this case) had settled, prices took a lot longer than they should to come down.
Starting to wonder if we will ever get back to normal when it comes to prices.
Starting to think anything under the 500$ market is basically dead
If we consider how few companies can even make processors and that are all simultaneously having the same issues well, we have a name for that and it's what I've been saying all this time: PRICE FIXING.
When market has shortage of something, prices will go up. That's how it goes. When demand exceeds availability, prices go up even without any cartels. There is absolutely no need for price fixing.Hard drive prices last decade were a textbook example of taking advantage of a crisis to do some price fixing... after the dust (or waters in this case) had settled, prices took a lot longer than they should to come down.
Well what could one expect? You cant print half of ALL CASH in circulation in 18 months and not expect hyperinflation to come. Welcome to the 1970's stagflation, or worse, weimar germany.
And dont think consoles will be the gateway out. Expect them to be pushing $1000 next gen.
When market has shortage of something, prices will go up. That's how it goes. When demand exceeds availability, prices go up even without any cartels. There is absolutely no need for price fixing.
Anyone with enough money can put up semiconductor fab. Anyone with enough money can put up HDD factory. Why there are just now so few semiconductor factories? Because they were considered to be not profitable enough. Now, prices go up, profitability go up and quite soon there are much more semiconductor fabs. What happens then? Better availability means lower prices that also means profitability goes down. Figure out what happens then.
There is no price fixing for semiconductors. There were no price fixing for HDD's. Even without price fixing prices go up so why bother?
My friends PC with a 2070 super handles loads of games with ray tracing on at over 60 fps just fine. Cyberpunk, control, minecraft, metro enhanced etc. It’s a lie that mid range RTX cards have poor ray tracing performance.They can, but the performance is worse than on Nvidia.
Then again, if you're aiming for mid-range card, the raytracing performance will be lackluster regardless.
Good on them - not only shipping costs - probably having to pay more for workers , water , covid compliance etc - as a consumer these things seem to even out - except where companies try to define a new normal - eg flagship phones( I' still pay $200 to $300 ) . Memory had crazy cycles .
After the Thailand floods, Japanese fire - Hard drives when through the roof - took a longtime to come down - TBF it has been offset by more reliability .
These are only a proportion of final products - those manufacturers will have other higher costs as well .
But as stated above PC game hardware sellers competing with Consoles - but doesn't end there . As competing with all human activities - ah screw this - I'll just buy that mountain bike/surf board , tabletop game
You are confusing Taiwan and US. You think workers at TSMC wear masks? Maybe some do, but those always did because they work in the clean room. Water? They have ocean next to them. And yes, they also complained about the lack of sand.
Truth is: they are price fixing, they don't have any big problems. They are lying.