Price Guide, January 2006: Video Cardsby Haider Farhan on January 9, 2006 1:49 PM EST
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Before we begin looking at the high-end video card prices, we would like to quickly state that since the ultra high-end cards and mid-range cards are so competitively priced, we see that you would get more for your money if you looked into either of those categories rather than any of these high-end cards. Unfortunately, AGP folks do not have any reasonable ultra high-end options. The cheapest version we're seeing is the ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB [RTPE: 100-435508] going for about $247.
For PCIe users, your best bet here would be the Sapphire Radeon X800XL 256MB [RTPE: 100105] on sale for an even $222. We are also seeing three 512MB X800XL's. Prices? Let's just say they're significantly more than the cheapest 7800GT we noted going for $280 (after MIR).
It appears that the X800XT's are becoming rare in the market, as our RTPE is only picking up on two PCIe cards. Again, rather than going with the VisionTek X800XT, which costs $307, pick up one of the 7800GT's which are going for that price or less. AGP holdouts could go for the ATI Radeon X800XT 256MB A-I-W [RTPE: 100-714200] going for $290.
Once again, we also suggest going with a 7800GT rather than a 6800GT because of the high cost of the 6800GT. The cheapest we're seeing is the Aopen GeForce 6800GT 256MB [RTPE: 91.05210.45h] going for the same price as the best priced 7800GT for $280. It's quite an obvious decision.