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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 phorensic on 2/21/2008 12:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, 31C is "cold" for a computer part, let alone a GPU. What do you expect out of a stock cooler exactly?


RE: best card for that price?
By PrinceGaz on 2/21/2008 7:45:36 PM , Rating: 4
I think he was implying that his doesn't have the reference cooler, which is why it idles at as low a temperature as 31C. I haven't checked what cooling Asus use, though.


RE: best card for that price?
By WTurner on 2/21/2008 11:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
The Asus 3850 does not use the reference cooler, it uses a Zalman-esque large circular fan without a "wind tunnel".


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