9600GT Starts Price War

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News Posted: Fri, Mar 21 2008 4:18 AM
NVIDIA's 9600GT has had a dramatic impact since its arrival, showing that a sub $200 video card provide surprising levels of performance.

“Since then retailers such as Newegg cut pricing below the original MSRP of $169-189, down to $150 on NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT models.

In response to this, AMD is set to cut prices yet again on its Radeon HD 3800 line. Independent retailers tell DailyTech they are receiving partner pressure to drop the price on these cards below the corporate pricing set just a few weeks ago.”


With prices dropping this quickly on both NVIDIA and AMD cards, we can certainly see a lot more users willing to take the leap and try SLI and Crossfire configurations out for the first time.
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replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 7:51 AM

I guess if you buy 2 of these in SLI,you get a better performance than a single GX2,at least now with bugged drivers

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ice91785 replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 8:13 AM
NOICE!! I guess I should look into the 9xxx series a little bit more; is it still built around the G92 core? and it is 65nm right?

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Competition in all its glory.  Excellent.

The 9600GT is G94 core.  The 9800X2 is two G92 cores.  The 9800GTX could be either.  I don't think the word is out yet. 

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2 x 9600GT doesn't beat the 9800GX2.

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willardcw4 replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 11:47 AM

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2 x 9600GT doesn't beat the 9800GX2.

 forget 2 x 9600GTs... GO WITH 3!!! TRI-SLI 4EVA!!! :)

Hopefully some benchmarks of tri-sli, quad-sli will start to come out once the 9800 GTX cards are released and we can get an idea of what these 9xxx series can do!

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frg1 replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 12:28 PM

 im glad the prices are going down its gonna allow a lot of people to upgrade there systems that wernt able to before because of prices

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willardcw4:
forget 2 x 9600GTs... GO WITH 3!!! TRI-SLI 4EVA!!! :)

I'm sure that would rock, but since I favor Intel chipsets I either want the absolute most powerful single slot solution or I've been contemplating a crossfire X setup with a 3870X2 + a regular 3870.

 

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2x9600GT is not quite 9800GX2 performance, but it only costs $~350.  Do the price:performance math.  9800GX2 usually performs a little bit better than 8800GT SLI.  And, 8800GT SLI usually performs a little bit better than 9600GT SLI.  I haven't seen the two compared, but I'd wager 9800GX2 is thus moderately faster than the 9600GT SLI.  And for $200+ less?  Plus it's cheaper than the 3870X2 and beats it most of the time as well.  The 9800GX2 is only for people who want the best possible performance per PCI-e slot regardless of price.  Everyone else, there are better options.

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The 9800GX2 is only for people who want the best possible performance per PCI-e slot regardless of price.  Everyone else, there are better options.

That about sums it up... the GX2 is deffinately an option for me and not a bad 1 since I shouldn't have trouble getting $400 for my Ultra as long as I sell it soon.

If anyone wants to make me an offer on my evga 8800 Ultra, feel free to PM me.

 

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wolf2009 replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 12:56 PM

 cant believe u can get such a powerful card for just 130$ , few years ago , u couldn't think of such performance at such price .

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frg1 replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 12:58 PM

me neither maybe a sign of things to come 

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Yeah... for the price the 9600GT is 1 helluva card.

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replied on Fri, Mar 21 2008 3:34 PM

9600GT is priced ok,but the GX2 is way overpriced!

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9600GT is priced ok,but the GX2 is way overpriced!

 

That's the privaledge it gets for being the top performer.  They always cost more than they should given the performance.  But when you're #1, you can charge whatever you want.  This is why I wish ATi had a comparable high end card, but the 3870X2 performs more like an 8800GTX or Ultra most of the time.  Which isn't bad, but doesn't measure up to the new GX2. 

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