Price Guides September 2003 IDF Edition: CPU, Motherboards and Video Cardsby Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on September 18, 2003 2:56 AM EST
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Unfortunately, there isn’t much to say here. The deck is stacked against NVIDIA, on more than one front. The fact that some NVIDIA hardware is down 20% from last week is also foreboding. For example, MSI GeForceFX 5900’s were priced $50 more last week, around $400. Our engine currently lists the card around $350. eVGA’s GeForceFX 5900; $250. Valve’s Half Life 2 is making NVIDIA cards look bad. Although Aquamark and HL2 are not the final word on how the GeForceFX line will perform in DX9 territory, they do represent an enormous error on NVIDIA’s behalf.
Even though ATI fans enjoy the good news (for now), is this really better for the consumer? If ATI can write its own check in the video market, pricing will eventually fall victim to markets of scale. If 9600/9800 Pro cards have no direct competitor, there is no justification to lower prices.
While we are on the topic of competitors, who is XGI? A somewhat unexpected announcement in May declared the merger of SiS’s Xabre division and Trident’s design team. Thus, XGI was born. This week, XGI held their first press conference to announce the release of half a dozen video cards including a dual core 16-pipeline behemoth. Although the specs are impressive, so were the specs of the Trident XP4 of last year (which was an unfortunate flop). As far as we can tell, XGI seems fairly confident they will produce some exciting results. Time will tell as the AnandTech team will surely get up close and personal at Computex next week!