High-End Graphics

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.

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  • ChronoReverse - Monday, January 9, 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.
  • Turin39789 - Monday, January 9, 2006 - link

    but how does my ti4200 compare to these cards?
  • Spacecomber - Monday, January 9, 2006 - link

    The 6600GT is a bit faster than a 9800 Pro, if that helps situate these cards vis a vis a Ti4200.
  • Turin39789 - Monday, January 9, 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
  • rrcn - Monday, January 9, 2006 - link

    No, actually, we were in the process of posting it. You were just lucky enough to see us at work. :-)
  • yacoub - Monday, January 9, 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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