Price Guide, January 2006: Video Cards

by Haider Farhan on 1/9/2006 1:49 PM EST
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  • jcsamp - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - link

    I don't know if it is a price/performance ratio or what, but these video card price guides continually leave out the low-mid range cards. For instance, I would love to know what the AT community thinks of the Geforce 6600 DDR2 and its price. The guides always skip from 6600GT/X700/X1600 straight down to the 6200/X300/X1300 lines. There are a lot of good cards in that missing region. Reply
  • Chriz - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Didn't even see it shown in the price guide. Maybe cause it's so new? Reply
  • rrcn - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Yes, I have already contacted the RTPE administrator and we are working on getting the AGP version of the 6800GS in there.

    Thanks.
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  • Chriz - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Good news. I also still see the ATI radeon X850XT and PE versions in AGP are still being sold. I saw the PE on Newegg, and the XT is the hot deal everyone's been talking about, for 200 at Microcenter after 50 dollar MIR Reply
  • yacoub - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    quote:

    The best price we are seeing this week on a 7800GTX is <b>$460.00</b>.


    quote:

    This time around, the X1800XT cards generally offer better performance than the 7800GTX and at a lower price. The cheapest 512MB X1800XT we are seeing is from Sapphire [RTPE: 100134], on sale for <b>$487</b>.



    So for $27 you gain an additional 256MB AND it performs better than the more expensive 512MB 7800GTX anyway? Hmmmm.
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  • JarredWalton - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I've tweaked this slightly to convey the intended meaning. X1800 XT cards for under $500 are faster than 7800 GTX 256MB cards overall, and while slower than the 7800 GTX 512MB cards, they're at least available. From what we heard at CES, it doesn't sound like 512MB GTX cards are going to be any easier to acquire in the near future, outside of some OEM systems. Reply
  • yacoub - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    quote:

    By the way, purchasing a single high-end card and hoping to purchase another one for an SLI setup down along the line when they become cheaper is a bad idea. We suggest either going with a single higher performing card or two cards for SLI right off the bat.


    Okay, care to tell us WHY?
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  • rrcn - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Sorry about that, it should read, "By the way, purchasing a single high-end card and hoping to purchase another one for an SLI setup down along the line is a bad idea. We suggest either going with a single higher performing card or two cards for SLI right off the bat."

    The problem here is you will be stuck with a single card and the option to upgrade to SLI at a premium won't be worth it.

    Like the case where probably a decent number of people out there that bought the 6800 Ultra for a lot of money, with the intent of purchasing a second one when the price dropped below $300. Take a look at the 6800U prices now...no where near $300.

    Of course there will be the occasional situation like the 6800GT where the prices did drop to a reasonable level, but it isn't something we would count on happening all the time.
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  • Spacecomber - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I'm curious about the 6800XT in terms of its relative price and performance. It is selling for a bit more than the 6600GT and a bit less than the 6800 (vanilla), but I'm not sure if it atually is any faster than the 6600GT. I think that this was meant to be an OEM only card, but it is showing up at place like NewEgg, now.

    Space
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  • Ecmaster76 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I got my x1600xt for $160 a couple of weeks ago. Not bad considering the 6600gt at the same price is slower and less feature rich. Reply
  • ChronoReverse - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I got my Leadtek 128MB 6800LE AGP for $129USD from Newegg a couple months back. This one fully unlocks so it just made the deal even sweeter. Reply
  • Turin39789 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    but how does my ti4200 compare to these cards? Reply
  • Spacecomber - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    The 6600GT is a bit faster than a 9800 Pro, if that helps situate these cards vis a vis a Ti4200. Reply
  • Turin39789 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Posting articles one piece at a time?

    First the notice on the front page that doesnt work. Then
    it takes you to the first page of the article, but the
    second page isnt up yet.


    feel free to finish the entire article before you post it
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  • rrcn - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    No, actually, we were in the process of posting it. You were just lucky enough to see us at work. :-) Reply
  • yacoub - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    You were in the process of posting it for 30-45 minutes? What are you uploading from, a 14.4k modem? =P

    (The frontpage tease was there a long time before the link actually went anywhere more than a search page.)
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