Even a lower-performance offering like Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 costs $649-less than the $999 GeForce GTX Titan, true, but still a pricey proposition for gamers.
For some gamers, that's the argument they used to abandon high-end PC gaming and either back down to older hardware or quit the platform entirely. Fortunately, integrated hardware such as the HD4000 graphics controller found within Intel's latest Core platform offers enough performance so that many high-end games are playable, albeit at lower resolutions and with features turned off. Unfortunately--or fortunately for the gaming market--that's never enough for some.
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