AMD Pre-empts GeForce 9600 GT, Cuts Radeon Prices
February 20, 2008 7:45 PM
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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?
2/21/2008 12:21:32 PM
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.
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