QOTD: Do You Think CPUs are Overpriced?

Technology has a way of advancing while reducing the cost of consumption over time.

Typically, this also brings down high-end technology rather quickly, and for less and better than what you could have bought a year or two before. There has been much debate about CPU prices recently, even though today you can get a pretty kick-ass processor for far less than just a few short years ago.

Today's QOTD is quick and simple:

Do you think CPUs are overpriced? Either way, why?

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  • squatchman
    Prices have gotten cheaper in comparison to the increase in capabilities.


    Try to buy what is equivalent to a Core i7 920 10 years ago and see how many tens of thousands of dollars you would have to spend.
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  • powerbaselx
    It depends...

    Extreme+Top editions overpriced.
    i7 920 cpu price ok, good performance, BUT motherboard+DDR3 overpriced.
    Q9550+Q9650 good performance but overpriced after i7 in market.
    Q6600+Q6700 overpriced now in comparison with 45nm CPUs.
    Low-end ok, Pentium Dual Core E5x00 excelent prices.

    AMD CPUs ok for now. AMD should have a CPU with performance similar to i7...
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  • The_Blood_Raven
    Lets see an $80 E5200 can be overclocked to up to 4.2 Ghz while a Phenom II 920 can be had for as little as $150. Add in that the top performing chip is $300 and I'm going to go with no, we are actually quite spoiled right now.
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  • doomtomb
    For enthusiast and gamers, yes. I don't think they are way overpriced but the Core i7 920 has been out for over 6 months now and is still $280, about a $20 decrease which is nothing. $300 for a processor is a lot. The Core i7 965 and all other extreme intel processors are wayyyy overpriced, especially since I see people taking a 2.66GHz i7 920 and overclocking it to higher speeds than the guy with the 3.2GHz i7 965 that costs 3 times as much. Another example: Core 2 Quad Q6600 which has been out for almost forever is still $200-215! Just because it sells well, they are keeping the price up. But I guess this is what we have AMD for! Their prices are reasonable.
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  • squatchman
    Prices have gotten cheaper in comparison to the increase in capabilities.


    Try to buy what is equivalent to a Core i7 920 10 years ago and see how many tens of thousands of dollars you would have to spend.
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