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ATI fights NVIDIA's rebranding with better pricing

DailyTech has learned from industry sources that ATI, the graphics division of AMD, is working with its board partners and several major e-tailers to lower prices on some key products.

The ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB will drop $50 in price, from the $199 segment down to $149. It will compete in this price point primarily against NVIDIA's GTS 250 1GB rebrand using the old G92 chip, variants of which were used in the 8800GT, 9800GT, 9800GTX, 9800GTX+, etc. However, the HD 4870 has been shown to surpass the performance of NVIDIA's GTX 260 line, and value seekers may choose to leave NVIDIA for a better price/performance point.

The Radeon 4870 uses GDDR5 to provide more video memory bandwidth than the GTX260, even though it has more RAM, a wider memory bus, and higher clocked memory.

The ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB will drop to $129, and is designed to compete at the same price point as NVIDIA's GTS 250 512MB version. The Radeon HD 4830 will be replaced by another part soon at a lower price point.

ATI's price cuts are anticipated to take effect early this week. One of our sources indicates that NVIDIA and its partners will unveil GTS250 parts at the CeBit tradeshow in Hannover, Germany on Tuesday.

 

GTX 280

ATI Radeon 4870

GTX 260 Core 216

ATI Radeon HD 4850

9800 GTX+

Stream Processors

240

800

216

800

128

Texture Address / Filtering

80 / 80

40

72/72

40

64 / 64

ROPs

32

16

28

16

16

Core Clock

602MHz

750MHz

576MHz

625MHz

738MHz

Memory Clock

1107MHz

900MHz GDDR5 (3600MHz eff)

999MHz

993MHz GDDR3 (1986MHz eff)

1100MHz

Memory Bus Width

512-bit

256-bit

448-bit

256-bit

256-bit

Frame Buffer

1GB

512MB

896MB

512MB

512MB

Transistor Count

1.4B

956M

1.4B

956M

754M

Price Point

$349

$149

$199

$129

$169



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RE: Price Drops
By SiliconDoc on 3/13/2009 5:01:45 AM , Rating: -1
THE CHEAPEST 4870 with only 512 ram or any other 4870 at the egg on the 13th of March is $169.99 - that's after a $5 discount, and add in a 15$ rebate if you ever get it, and it's a Powercolor.
They go up to $200 rather quickly from there.
I guess the $149 is another red rooster cock crowing fantasy, as other places they are still well over $200 LOWEST, and range up to $300.
That's why I got a GTX260 last OCTOBER for $199 with a free full game, FREE SHIPPING.
Oh that's right - add shipping on the powercolor.
Add 30 watts at idle, add driver problems and CCC issues, add a tiny core ready to ELECTROMIGRATE and blow, add HEAT that WILL BURN your fingers from a 4870, add only 512 ram vs 896 for the GTX260, add NO PhysX, add no Cuda, add no forced profiles for gaming n SLI (x fire)...
Add it all up, and you've got one red piece of crap, and that's exactly why the roosters can't stop crowing.
I've never heard more hogwash and bs except from the liberal party of the USA.
Bush must own stock in NVidia or something...


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