C'mon Nubius, you can't expect everybody who build a system last year with a 9800 Pro or X800 series to build a completely new system for PCI-E. Yes, is it the best thing to do? Sure...PCI-E is the future. But there are a lot of people who are still on AGP and don't want to change yet, and this product helps reach them.
Hell I did it....and I'm far from rich...I even made mistakes like buying the bigwater, and accidentally buying an NF7-S2 instead of an NF7-S v2 before I knew too much about computers, so it's not like I had a lot of money to just through around and I still made the switch to PCI-E.
I agree with the 6800GS coming out in AGP though, never said it was a bad idea or anything.
Besides you don't need a completely new system in most cases....generally you'd just need a mobo and CPU to fit.....of course yeah if you JUST laid down a couple hundred on a graphics card then you kind of shot yourself in the foot which hell I did a couple times by getting a 6600GT agp, then stepping up to a 6800GT still AGP instead of making the switch just then....had to then sell that AGP for $200 when I paid a total of $400 for it and then had to get a PCI-E for $320
It's one of those things we shoulda prepared for...I fought PCI-E for a long time too, but then I just wanted to get it over with and I'm glad I did.
I still think the 7xxx series would be pointless to make in AGP...why drag it out even further. The switch needs to made simple as that.
This last couple of years though was pretty wacky....graphics port switches, 3 different sockets from AMD in the beginning, things like that didn't make computer building too much easier.
I think the 6800GS is the perfect card to end AGP though. It's a nice powerful card, for a good price.