Excerpt: Just a few short years ago, the graphics card industry was largely driven strictly by the innovations and technological developments made at the flagship GPU level. For the majority of users who cannot either afford or justify the cost of a top of the line graphics card, the industry was painfully boring, as the latest and greatest features typically took a generation or more to trickle down to mainstream and performance GPU segments.
Summary: We usually love the ”not the very high-end and expensive one“ chip inside a high-end family. Usually this kind of chip – like Radeon X800 XL, GeForce 6800 GT, GeForce 7800 GT and now Radeon X1800 XL – provides a very high performance for a better price, providing a far better cost/benefit ratio. Sometimes the performance difference between this kind of chip and the most high-end one is not big enough to justify the relatively big price difference between them.