Price Guide, February 2006: Video Cardsby Haider Farhan on February 5, 2006 10:00 PM EST
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Although up about $25, we can see here the last of X800GTO2 cards from Sapphire [RTPE: 100130] is going for about $194 shipped. If you're in the market for something a bit cheaper, you can always go with the Sapphire Radeon X800GTO 256MB [RTPE: 100129] which is on sale for $152.
The 6800GS cards have seen a bit of a price drop, but nothing really significant. For about $174 after a $10 mail-in rebate, the eVGA GeForce 6800GS 256MB [RTPE: 256-P2-N386] is a difficult card to pass up. This is actually the cheapest we've seen this card sell for. If you've been waiting to purchase one, now seems like an excellent time to do so.
eVGA GeForce 6800GS 256MB
If you have a preference for one brand over another, you can go with the XFX GeForce 6800GS 256MB XXX [RTPE: PV-T42G-UAD7] also going for $174 shipped after a $20 mail-in rebate.
The GeForce 6600GT is still a great buy, especially with the two fantastic deals we found for you today. You have the option of going with either the XFX GeForce 6600GT 128MB [RTPE: PV-T43G-ND] for $104 after a $20 mail-in rebate or the eVGA GeForce 6600GT 128MB [RTPE: 128-P2-N368] for $110 also after a $20 mail-in rebate.
While the 6600GTs perform slightly better than the X700s, an X700 is still a decent option, depending on the price. Although with the two great 6600GT deals we discovered, it's a bit difficult to suggest going with one of these. A fairly priced alternative to the 6600GT is the Sapphire Radeon X700 Pro 128MB [RTPE: 100595] which is going for about $116 shipped.
The X1600's have dropping quite a bit since their release earlier last month. Your best option here would be the Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro 256MB [RTPE: 100144] for $127 shipped. The Sapphire Radeon X1600XT 256MB [RTPE: 100146] is also one to consider, on sale for about $160 shipped.