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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Well, there is more than one reason to celebrate if you are an ATI fan. 9600 Pro and 9800 Pro cards are both hitting new low price points ($152 and $300 respectively). Obvious news from Half Life 2 creator Valve shot demand for the whole Radeon line overnight. On the whole, we have seen prices drop from last week, but do not expect it to last. As we mentioned on the previous page, it probably isn’t good for the consumer in the long run that we are back to 1 dominate player in the video card world.
Even though NewEgg’s deal seems almost too good to be true, don’t count out our usual weekly pick, the Sapphire 9600 Pro. We really like the 9500 Pro cards, but unfortunately supplies are really dried up. The occasional brick and mortar store might still have a 9500 Pro here and there, but it’s finally time to let the poor card go. Radeon 9500 Pro you will be missed!
Other ATI related news; the 9800SE and 9800XT lines are starting to hit store shelves at certain vendors. Unfortunately, a lot of information is still under NDA, but you can assure yourselves we will have more to come!