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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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RE: best card for that price?
By just4U on 2/21/2008 3:11:57 AM , Rating: 5
Well here in Canada Most GT's are 250+ and the 3870's come in around 220 to 230ish. If they mean to drop the 3870 to 189 in my region then I think that puts it smack dab in the holy crap that's good deal catagory. I've used all these cards right on up to the GTS512 and the modest price increases you see is pretty fair overall from a price/performance perspective. This new drop makes them even more enticing to buy

For those of you who havent' pulled the trigger and are sitting on video cards that are 2 years old or so.. (midrange ect) Think of it this way.

The 3850 is very comparable to the older 8800 GTS 384. and the Bar is raised higher with each card (3870, GT,GTS512 ect) Last spring Nvidia release a Whooper with the 8800 Line and now were seeing affordable solution(s) with similiar or greater performance by both Nvidia and ATI.. which is pretty damn cool I think.

Good times in the mid range!! :D

RE: best card for that price?
By Samus on 2/21/2008 3:49:47 AM , Rating: 2
So basically what you're sayin thar is yer dollar is worth more than our dollar but your hardware costs more anyway, eh?

RE: best card for that price?
By Spivonious on 2/21/2008 9:40:41 AM , Rating: 1
Most likely because of VAT.

RE: best card for that price?
By mmntech on 2/21/2008 9:58:22 AM , Rating: 2
Businesses claim it has to do with the higher cost of doing business in Canada, but that's BS. For the most part, hardware prices are dropping but a lot of places are still overcharging. Best Buy of course but TigerDirect and NCIX are equally guilty at times. Unfortunately, a lot of the US retailers like Newegg and Zipzoomfly won't ship to Canada.
There's no VAT in Canada by the way, as one of the other posters mentioned. All prices listed are before sales tax. We pay 5% goods and services tax to the feds and an additional provincial sales tax, which is 8% here in Ontario.

I've been thinking about buying a HD 3850 so the price drop is some good news.

RE: best card for that price?
By just4U on 2/21/2008 12:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
Not at all Samus. Part of it has to do with brand recognition. Most Canadian retailers just carry the major ones (evga xfx Bfg) How many of those are selling at the $190 in the states? Id think very few (if any) Also, Unfotunately we do not have "new egg" here in Canada. NCIX is our closest to american pricing... In most respects we get similiar prices.. but when you factor in "SALES" nope, I haven't seen any 8800GT in Canada yet for $190.

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