Bitcoin price is not tied to difficulty. Only available supply and demand for bitcoins drives the price.
Yes, but mining payoff depends on price and many people (still!) assume, that if difficulty grows, price will go up too.
With the next increase in difficulty, if the price stays stable at ~6-8 USD/BTC, mining starts to get quite close to being unprofitable - even with low electricity costs.
Back on topic, it might however really be an interesting solution to have a 4U case (or any other "Desktop"-style case) with 8 GPUs arranged like in this case in the rear connected via PCIe extenders/multipliers.