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Historical pricing of the ATI Radeon X1900 CrossFire - Image courtesy AnandTech
Cheap ultra-high end Radeons are upon us

For those of you who can't wait until the Radeon X1950 to debut on the 23rd, ATI has already started to cut pricing on the ASICs for the Radeon X1900 series cards: Radeon X1900 CrossFire, X1900XTX, X1900XT and X1900GT.  Essentially, all of the ATI cards have shifted down a price tier, leaving the top $500 price tag open for the Radeon X1950. 

The pricing change began to affect some merchants early this week, with the majority of the merchants following suit now.  Here are a few of the average price changes over the last few days:
Although the price reduction has mostly affected built-by-ATI cards, Sapphire and PowerColor are also starting to see some movement on the new pricing.  Expect to see the rest of the industry follow shortly, and definitely expect to see all pricing adjusted before August 23th.  ATI distributors claim there will be some availability of Radeon X1950 on the launch day.

The Radeon X1950 is ATI's first GDDR4 graphics card.  The card is expected to fill in the pricing tier of the older Radeon X1900s. 

Update 08/09/2006:
We originally published the release date for Radeon X1950XTX was August 27.  This was a typo and the correct date is in fact August 23.


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RE: verdict: wait for DX10 parts
By killerroach on 8/8/2006 8:00:03 AM , Rating: 2
Even if you're not upgrading to Vista, the DX10 parts are slated to offer more pipelines at a higher clock speed, which would provide for even greater DX9 performance than anything currently out on the market. Not to mention I'm not exactly thrilled about the concept of buying a third DX9-generation video card, and will hobble around on my GeForce 6600 until I can snare a G80-based card (probably an 8800GT or something equivalent).


RE: verdict: wait for DX10 parts
By Le Québécois on 8/8/2006 9:47:42 AM , Rating: 2
From what I know the next Nvidia isn't going to be DX10...at least not completly. SO I guess you will be buying a semi 4th generation DX9 card after all. If I remember correctly you need to have a completly unifed architecture to be granted to put DX10 on your product.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2006/03/17/nvidia_tal...



RE: verdict: wait for DX10 parts
By Nelsieus on 8/8/2006 11:34:23 AM , Rating: 2
No you don't, there's nothing in the DX10 spec / API that *requires* a unified shader architect.

G80 will be SM4 and WGF2.0 compliant, and fully DX10 compliant. I think you're just confused by that mis-conception that DX10 requires unified shaders, which it does not. It does however, support them, granted that's the direction a firm wants to go in (as ATI is opting for).


RE: verdict: wait for DX10 parts
By Le Québécois on 8/8/2006 2:07:00 PM , Rating: 2
Have you read the link I had in my post?

If so and you still think DX10 doesn't need unified shaders then I misunderstood the article and thank you for correcting my error.

And if the link IS wrong in what it says, could you please give me a link that with the correct information so I can be up to date on my knowledge of future product. Because until I read what you said I was only waiting for the R600. To have the G80 in mind for my next gpu would be a nice option. My X800XL is getting old...


RE: verdict: wait for DX10 parts
By mrzeld on 8/10/2006 6:09:02 PM , Rating: 2
i believe the answer you are looking for is software vs. hardward. to the programmers, DX10 is unified. they wont have to worry about this shader or that shader. as for the hardware, the video drivers for the cards will take an incoming request for some action and send it to the appropriate hardware. it is all about abstraction.


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