In communism, the GTX 1080 TI would cost only 5 dollars.
And you'd have to stand in line for
People were saying that we would hit the point of diminishing returns on GPUs 5 years ago with the nvidia 600 series, that GPUs couldnt possibly keep getting more powerful forever. Many in the industry were CONVINCED that going below 65nm would be impossible to do on any profitable scale. Many were convinced that CPUs with more then 4 cores would never exist, or if they did, they would be too expensive to produce and buy.
I distinctly remember many in the industry clamoring that 8 GB drives were enough, that the 10GB hard drives were just toounstable, and would never reach mass production. Then how going over 80 GB was ridiculous, then how 1TB was the largest any mass production drive would hit. Now you can buy 8TB drives, 16TB are coming soon.
If there is one thing to take away from this, it is that, no, we will not hit those diminishing returns. Someone will find a way to use that extra capability and create more demand. "When a computer becomes powerful enough without having an upgrade path" has been predicted since the 90s, for both servers and home PCs, and it has never happened. It may slow down a bit, but progress wont stop. Unless video games die out as a hobby, you will always have some who want more then just baseline graphical processing power.
Never bet against technological progress, you will always lose.
The "alpha barrier" problem has been solved (the point where electronics gets so miniature that alpha particles start randomly flipping bits), so while the assumption that GPUs (alongside all other electronics) had reached their limit was correct then, it isn't correct now.
Some bright bastard figured out how to use code to correct PCB status a few times a second. Now we honestly don't know what the limit is.
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