Major Radeon X1900 Price Drops
August 8, 2006 1:44 AM
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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:
ATI Radeon X1900 512MB CrossFire
: $375, down from $500
ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB
: $370, down from $500
ATI Radeon X1900XT 512MB
: $310, down from $370
ATI Radeon X1900GT 256MB
: $280, down from $310
Sapphire Radeon X1900GT 256MB
: $230, down from $250
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.
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
8/8/2006 9:47:12 AM
I'm hoping my 256 MB X800 XL can last me until the NEXT gen of energy efficient video cards but I'm not sure if that's possible. Either way I don't feel like replacing my 400W PSU so if I get a first-gen DX10 card it better come with a simple, cheap, 5.25" bay supplemental power supply.
RE: verdict: wait for DX10 parts
8/8/2006 10:15:02 AM
Same here. Video companies are rediculous. There's absolutely no need for these super power-hungry designs. I understand the logistics/costs involved on developing smaller process tech, but commonn a video card that uses more power than the whole rest of the computer!?! At a time when oil prices are rising and every other industry is striving for better power efficiency.
I have an X800XL as well and it will be my last card until they get the power consumption under control. I'm not having my computer be more power hungry than my damn air conditioner! I don't care if they include the power supply.
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