Why are you comparing X79 platform to AMD? AMD doesn't have an equivalent for that. Z77 Sabertooth is just 30$ more than 990FX Sabertooth. And the Z77 is more expensive for a reason. It has that Thermal Armor thingy, more USB3.0 ports, DVI and DP ports (FX doesn't have an IGP, btw, in case you forgot that), etc. Going back to High-end, I'm not an economist, but I know some basics. No competition means that monopolist can due whatever he wants. Intel wants to sell their CPUs for 999$? They can do that. Why? Because AMD's best can't beat a 200$ Intel's CPU. I'm no Intel fanboy, I have an A8-3850 myself, I waited for FX's return. But now I admit that AMD fails at CPU market. GPUs and APUs are good, but CPUs are disappointing. After C2D release, AMD became very uncompetetive. Phenom failed, Phenom II was doing ok against Quads, but failed after first Core CPUs. And FX, well, You know the drill.