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AMD CrossfireX has never been cheaper
For the first time in a long time, Radeon and GeForce go toe-to-toe over the midrange

With the anticipated launch of the GeForce 9600 GT tomorrow, AMD pre-emptively cut prices on all of its high end Radeon HD 3000 graphics cards.

According to product managers at online retailer Newegg, the Radeon HD 3870 suggested retail price moves from $249 to $189.  AMD will also reduce the suggested retail price of the Radeon HD 3850 512MB from $199 to $169. 

Both price drops were confirmed by AMD officials earlier today. Other retailers, including Amazon and ZipZoomFly, have also confirmed the price drop.

Newegg currently lists the Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 512MB for $170. The retailer lists the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 below the new suggested retail price, just under $185.  Other vendors are expected to follow suit immediately.

Retailers will announce the NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT tomorrow with a suggested retail price between $170 and $190.  Initial benchmarks peg the 9600 GT just ahead of the Radeon HD 3870, but for the first time in several years AMD and NVIDIA have a real case-by-case shootout again.


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YEAH! The REAL GPU war!
By Belard on 2/21/2008 1:32:58 AM , Rating: 3
Its the sub $200 market that makes the money... last years 2400/2600 8 8400~8600 cars TOTALLY SUCKED!

These current cards from ATI & Nvidia have excellent performance for the price!!

A friend bought a 3850 a month ago for $170... and a few days from a local store - got the 3870 for $199... this new price may make him grumble, but he hasn't opened it yet.

mmmm.... the 3870 is looking good. I guess we'll have reviews of the GF9600GT, but from what I've seen so far, its between the 3850 & 3870 (hate these stupid AMD names... 3700 / 3800 would have sounded better).

Hopefully the 9800GT will be TWICE as fast as a single 8800GT ;)




RE: YEAH! The REAL GPU war!
By Goty on 2/21/2008 1:52:42 AM , Rating: 2
Well considering that the 9800GX2 is essentially just going to be two 8800GTs on a single board, I'd expect it to outperform the 3870X2 by a pretty good margin (maybe 15%-ish).

My only question is this: are the HD38x0 cards ATI's refresh for this architecture, or are they planning something for the second quarter to compete with the new 9x00 cards?


RE: YEAH! The REAL GPU war!
By hwhacker on 2/21/2008 3:04:21 AM , Rating: 2
AFAWK ATi is planning on releasing the Rv7xx series in tail-end Q2, speculated to be in June.

Rumored specs can be found here and they look convincing:

http://www.nordichardware.com/news,7356.html

Basically the Rv740 looks to be comparable to the 3800 series for less dollar because of TMU optimizations. In the area of the high-end Fudzilla (FWIW) has reported that AMD is getting their expected return from RV770 - 50% faster than RV670.

Personally, I'm holding out for these because I think we'll see the 4700 series replace the 3800 series' original pricing, roughly $200-250.


RE: YEAH! The REAL GPU war!
By hwhacker on 2/21/2008 3:07:57 AM , Rating: 2
crap, I meant 4800 series.


RE: YEAH! The REAL GPU war!
By DingieM on 2/21/2008 5:08:10 AM , Rating: 2
I thought so too, waiting game for the RV7xx.
These are the real killer mainstream gaming cards.
Looks to me that AMD/ATI got its act together real nice and is catching up to nVidia and even outpaces them...

Way to go!


RE: YEAH! The REAL GPU war!
By Goty on 2/21/2008 9:21:11 AM , Rating: 2
It's good to know that they've got something in the pipeline, but come on! Still only 16 ROPs? That's always been one of ATI's bottlenecks when compared to NVIDIA's cards.


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