Anything below the $150 price range just isn't worth the performance per dollar. $150-$300 is the sweet spot.
Some of us don't want to spend that much on a video card. I'm just getting back into PC gaming. I have migrated to the Xbox360 over the years even when I swore I'd never be a console gamer. But I just can't spring for the $500 Xbox One + games, so I'm looking to replace my 8800 GTS (that was cutting edge when I bought it -- yeah, it's been a while) with something around $100 just so I can go back to play some of my old games Fallout 3, Half Life 2, etc. with visual mods that get choked by the 8800. By the time I play "today's" games, they'll be on sale at Steam and hopefully by then I can afford a video card that can run them. So there is a purpose for the cheaper cards for some of us.
Actually... I had an MSI 8400 GS with passive cooling... I'm really glad I upgraded it runs MC at lowest settings @20 fps. It runs well but is just weak. My siblings can put up with it which I'm fine with. I think whenever it comes to upgrading my personal PC I'll go for a new build atm (besides storage and maybe case)
The GT 610 is just a re branded GT 520.
How does those cards compare to an I7's (Haswell) Graphics?
I wonder if there will be a Passive cooler for an R9 290X I'd love to see it... it may even take up 5 slots. Too bad I'm going for G-sync and will not do AMD cards. I'll definitely be missing out on king of budgets.