Introduction

Welcome back to another edition of the Price Guides.  This week, we have in-depth coverage of current generation video cards from ATI and NVIDIA.  As another reminder, the RealTime Price Guides is leaving the beta testing phase, and moving into production real soon!  We just implemented a little stronger Boolean logic in the search, so as of today, you can actually search with "NOT" clauses by prefixing a "-" to your search string.  For example, to search for all AMD products excluding Semprons, the search string would be "amd - Sempron". Please send us your comments and suggestions on how we can improve our engine.  Of course, you can always view the existing release of the engine here.  Furthermore, you can view the still beta QuickSearch RSS feed forum thread here.

Although we were promised competitive high end video cards from ATI almost three months ago, it looks like you can finally whet your appetite for the excessive (if your computer supports PCIe, that is). Unfortunately, even though we have availability on ATI video cards, price predictions are off almost by $100 and the new Radeons that were supposed to replace the X800 Pro and X800XT are not even close to competitive in price yet.  We will get into more detail concerning that in the ATI High End section.

On the low end of things, NVIDIA's TurboCache cards are in stores now in regular volume, so those of you who are just dying to try cards from last year's TurboCache launch will still have a chance.

PCIe High End Range
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  • Pete84 - Saturday, February 19, 2005 - link

    Considering the much higher transistor count and die size of the X800XL, I doubt that ATI will be able to get to the 6600GT price point.
    BUT they will or should be able to compete on the price / performance ratio.
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  • Sc4freak - Saturday, February 19, 2005 - link

    "Prices are falling rapidly on the X800XL, and we will probably have a better feel for the market in the next couple of weeks. If the card stabilizes just under the GeForce 6600GT, we would be crushed, but at the rate that prices are dropping, it might do much better than that."

    Why? I'd say that if the X800XL stabilised at ~$200, I'd be very, very happy.
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  • Ozenmacher - Saturday, February 19, 2005 - link

    I just bought an ATI X800 XL...I will take that card anyday over the 6800 GT Reply

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