Price Guides, June 2005: Video Cards

by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/26/2005 3:49 PM EST
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  • Antiflash - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - link

    If Nvidia keeps the trend of upper prices to their new generations of cards. You´ll have to add new price segments like "Ultra High Rip off" segment in the next video guides. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - link

    vitamalt: Good points - but you are correct it's an awkward price point. The AGP version sells for about the same as the 6600GT AGP, which is fine cause SLI isn't an issue anyway. I think if prices were a little better they would get more attention.

    Kristopher
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  • vitamalt - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    Why no mention of the 6800NU in these price guides?

    I know its performance is comparable to the 6600GT but still some people seem to prefer it as if I recall correctly, some 6600 cards (independent of brand) seem to have a problem of being DOA or having display problems.

    I could be wrong, but it seems to be the case on most message boards that I've visited.
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  • yacoub - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    On the last page:

    ". In all likelihood, if you are considering a low end video card, it's TIME for a new rig,"

    Left out the word TIME.
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  • yacoub - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    You don't seem to have this one in your list for X800XLs:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82...

    That's the one I'd get, especially if it drops to $300 in the coming weeks. Extra cooling and quieter operation are huge benefits in my book.
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  • yacoub - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    --"Would it be too much to speculate the GeForce 7800GTX line could drop $50 by December?"--

    See, that's exactly the point I was making elsewhere - They keep releasing them at higher prices but they don't drop quickly enough to make up for the overpriced rape they debut at. If it only drops to $550 by December, F that. It shouldn't have come out at more than $450 to begin with, but since the last two generations of GPUs have been jacked up in price to debut at $500 and $550, they had an excuse to try another $50 higher with this gen card. Pathetic.
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  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    PrinceGaz: LOL.

    Kristopher
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  • PrinceGaz - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    I suppose that 512MB 6200 could be useful if you aren't fussy about framerates but do want a cheap card that can run at 2048x1536x32 with 8xAA at high quality settings.

    The back-buffer and Z-buffer together would require 192MB at those settings, and another 12MB would be needed for the front-buffer, and possibly a further 12MB if using triple-buffering. With a 256MB card that would leave just 40MB for textures and anything else which wouldn't be sufficient for recent games at high-quality. The 512MB 6200 card solves all the memory problems though. Just imagine how nice EQ2 would look in Extreme quality mode at 2048x1536x32 with 8xAA and 16xAF. The framerate might be a touch on the low side though, I suspect ;)
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  • PrinceGaz - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    page 2 "A particular favorite of ours, the Connect3D X800XL PCIe [RTPE: Connect3D Radeon X800XL 256MB], can be had for just under $250. However, if no-name brands are not your thing, ASUS has the X800XL for $30 more right now too."

    I wouldn't consider Connect3D a no-name brand these days, they're one of the main ATI partners.
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  • at80eighty - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    btw...can we expect a shootout of the 7800 from the flavours from various vendors?

    the bit about the 7800 > 6800GTxSLI is pretty interesting... could save a few pennies for better performance ...hmmmm....
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  • at80eighty - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    the "By the power of Castle Greyskull" bit above the graph on the 1st page was corny..but i still laughed ..thanx! Reply
  • hoppa - Monday, June 27, 2005 - link

    I agree with #2. It would be great to see charts that show some performance per dollar figure for each card. And if you are doing that you'll almost certainly do something else along the way which I'd love to see: a general performance rating of procs/VCs/anything, based on some compilation of all the benchmark data you have. Once that number is in, just divide it by the cost and you have cost per $ as well, and that would be very helpful for a great many people. Reply
  • dumbnewbie - Sunday, June 26, 2005 - link

    Aww yeah! Sitting here with an Asus v7700 GeForce2 Ti! Still haven't seen anything new come out yet to make me switch, even FAR items. Give me dual HDTV like supposed PS3 with only a heatsink for cooling and maybe I'll be interested. Oh and my other computer is using a TNT2. Reply
  • cryptonomicon - Sunday, June 26, 2005 - link

    hmm, is it safe to still buy 128mb cards?

    shouldnt i buy a 256 for the future?
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  • Dukemaster - Sunday, June 26, 2005 - link

    but=bought :P Reply
  • Dukemaster - Sunday, June 26, 2005 - link

    I just but a second handed XFX Geforce 6800 256MB for just 190, with over a year of warranty left on it. Now that's what i call a sweet deal. Reply
  • bloc - Sunday, June 26, 2005 - link

    Some of the suggestions are obviously made without plotting $$ vs FPS.

    Every $30 is a new market segment.

    So with the 9800 pro at $125 and the 6600 GT at $151

    That's a 20% increase in price. Well the FPS for major games is about a 15% spread too. This makes the 9800 pro a solid deal as it provides as good $$ vs fps ratio as the 6600 GT. I can easily recommend a 9800 pro or a 6600 GT. This wasn't the case 3 months ago as the 9800 pro and 6600 GT were the same price.

    A FPS vs $$ graph is a way better way to compare video cards than raw prices.
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  • ryanv12 - Sunday, June 26, 2005 - link

    ha, that 512mb 6200 kills me. I kind of want to get one just to tell everyone I have a 512mb card ;) Reply

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