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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 ThePooBurner on 2/21/2008 5:57:19 AM , Rating: 2
yes you are mistaken. 38xx is dx10.1, and 9600 is only dx10.

RE: best card for that price?
By 3kliksphilip on 2/21/2008 12:21:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised about the 9600 only including DX 10 . I thought that NVIDIA would play 'catch up' with ATI as quickly as possible, despite the benefits from DX 10.1 being minimal. Maybe they're keeping their cards with just DX 10 in order to make the owners of Geforce 8800's less jealous when the new cards come out... or possibly just to stunt the number of DX 10.1 games, simply to make ATI's improvements redundant.

Does any one know anything about the 9800's yet regarding DX 10.1? Is it true that they'll strap two Geforce 8800 GT's together and name it a 9800 GX2? Surely that's just cheating. 8900 would be much more understandable.

RE: best card for that price?
By Ashrac on 2/21/2008 3:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh see I was reading

and was confused by
Though the 9600 GT will be the mid-range card in the D9x graphics family, with such impressive performance over the previous generation, many have already proclaimed the G94 the pinnacle of price-performance in the series.

the D9x part in particular. Read that as DX9 Family. No idea what they mean by D9x though.

RE: best card for that price?
By KristopherKubicki on 2/21/2008 4:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
The codename for G94 is actually D9P. The low end part is D9M, the high end part is D9E.

RE: best card for that price?
By Ashrac on 2/21/2008 6:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh darn secret codenames! So many numbers these days. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

RE: best card for that price?
By opterondo on 2/21/2008 10:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
yes ONLY DX10.0

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