Josh Walrath over at PenStar Systems writes about the soaring costs of high-end graphics cards. How high can prices eventually go? Will we ever see a single card cost $1000? I don't know that answer, but certainly I wouldn't be surprised to see one in the next few years.
In the past few years successive cards from both NVIDIA and ATI have pushed that upper price ceiling higher and higher, and now we are looking at products from both manufacturers that retail for well above $549. Not only that, but with SLI and CrossFire the hard core enthusiast has the ability to spend $1500 alone on the graphics subsystem of their computer (in this case 2 x 7800 GTX 512 MB). The question we need to ask ourselves is if we can expect to pay upwards of $1000 for a single video card anytime soon?