My point, the previous generations of this card were "very, very high-end" too, at their time, but they were not 3000.
They ask 5x more for the successor of my current card (gtx590) than i paid for that card 3 years ago, shall i not act surprised? I guess those 590s were aimed at mass market back then?
On topic of this being a supercomputer at the research facility, NO, the TESLA cards are meant and sold for this purpose. I dont know exact numbers, but i am inclined to believe that single Tesla K20X or whatever is it called has higher 64-bit performance than 2 of these chips combined (and increased 64-bit support is the main reason for price of Titan being higher compared to regular Geforce 780/780Ti)... while being not that much more expensive...not to mention Teslas have things like ECC memory, which Titans dont have and i am sure for serious scientific work that is important...
If they called this Tesla, i would not say a word and they could be asking 10000 EUROS for it. I would just accept its aimed at that research related market, where different kind of money lie than in my business. But if they did not make it Tesla, they should not make it Titan either (since people in need of 64-bit are going to prefer tesla anyway, Titan might have had its niche, since it was 4x cheaper than regular tesla, this however is NOT), it should have been regular Geforce priced as regular Geforce.