- Aug 15, 2005
This scenario doesn't exist. AMD's reference cards have been leaked for a month or two.I've been giving this some thought, and I came up with a scenario where it makes sense.
AMD wants to have the reference design list for $999 -- the "sub-$1,000" card. They won't make many. Instead, they'll turn the parts over to AIBs who will make OC models with expensive cooling for $1,200-$1,500.
When that happens, the XT will be appealing, the AIB XTXes will punch way above its class, and AMD can still say "It's less than a thousand dollars!" People will look at the XT and go "eh, I got it for MSRP (or less)" and everyone's happy. Ish.