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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 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.

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