Price Guides, October 2005: Video Cardsby Anand Lal Shimpi & Howard Johnston on October 1, 2005 5:54 PM EST
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High End Graphics
Although ATI remains the value leader in the High End video card market, the price gap seems to be closing this week. Those still looking for a high performing AGP video card are in luck this week as the ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB [RTPE: 100-435508] for under $250.
If you've taken our advice and sprung for a PCIe motherboard, you'll be happy to see that the PCIe version of the X800XL has dropped to around $260:
NVIDIA's 6800GT AGP is looking less like a good idea as supply for these cards dries up and prices begin to increase. If you're stuck on AGP then you're best bet will be an X800XL.
After the 7800GT launch, we've seen the price of most 6800GT PCIe cards drop close to the $299MSRP. However, as we saw on the previous page a 7800GT can be had for merely $50 more. The smart, forward-looking decision would be to spring for the 7800 series card since all of the 6800 series is falling out of production; SLI won't be real practical if there are no cards left (note: this is not true for the 6600 series). If you're considering SLI, don't forget that a single 7800GTX will perform better, produce less heat, take up less space, and cost less than two 6800GTs!