Monday, June 8th 2009

AMD to Slash Prices of Radeon HD 4800 Series Products in Q3

AMD is expected to introduce a series of price-cuts next month, for its ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics products. The price-cuts may amount to as much as US $50, perhaps taking advantage of the low manufacturing costs. The cuts also come ahead of the time-frame in which the company will introduce a DirectX 11 compatible future-generation of ATI Radeon, to sync with the commercial launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.

When implemented, the price of the high-end Radeon HD 4890 is expected to be $199, down $50 from its current price of $249. Radeon HD 4870 will sell for $149 from its current listing price of $199, although there needs to be some clarity on how the 1 GB and 512 MB variants are positioned. Finally, the Radeon HD 4850 will enter the $100 realm, to substitute the Radeon HD 4770, which seems to be suffering an acute stock shortage.Source: VR-Zone
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56 Comments on AMD to Slash Prices of Radeon HD 4800 Series Products in Q3

#1
mdm-adph
by: theeldest
I love the new ATI.

Coherent naming scheme - Check
High Performance parts - Check
Overclockability - Check
Hot Prices - Check

Solid competition for nVidia over the recent past - Double Check

(when would you say ATI started really competing w/ nVidia again? with the 4850 or an earlier card?)

I wonder if things will change we'll all look back at this time as the period of affordable gaming hardware?
Well, I'd say ATI started coming back with the 3870/3850. They were slower than comparable nVidia cards, but compared to the 2900XT, the 3870 was amazing. And of course there was the 3870X2, which finally put them on the top again for a short while.

ATI came back as a true competitor with the 4850, of course. :D
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Wile E
Power User
by: mdm-adph
Well, I'd say ATI started coming back with the 3870/3850. They were slower than comparable nVidia cards, but compared to the 2900XT, the 3870 was amazing. And of course there was the 3870X2, which finally put them on the top again for a short while.

ATI came back as a true competitor with the 4850, of course. :D
Actually, the 3870 wasn't any faster than the 2900. It just ran cooler and sucked less power. With the 256bit bus vs the 2900's 512bit, 3870 was actually slower at extreme clocking. For record benching the 2900 was still used until the 3870X2 came out.
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#3
niko084
by: mdm-adph
That's why I never buy anything more expensive than mid-range. If I only spend $70 on a card, and in two years it costs $40, I'm not out much.

If I buy a card worth $300, and two years later it's going for around $90, it's not worth it.

Plus, mid-range today ain't as bad as it used to be.
Lol, no kidding...

And 2 years to $90 from $300 is kinda pushing it these days....

I generally buy upper mid-range when I buy new cards, for instance my 4850, I got it 2 days before the release for a song, still running strong, I can't find a game I can't play with it happily when I even have time to play.

I may end up with a 4890 or might wait it out yet again, who knows maybe a GTX285.
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#4
mdm-adph
by: Wile E
Actually, the 3870 wasn't any faster than the 2900. It just ran cooler and sucked less power.
That's why I said "amazing" and not necessarily "faster." :rolleyes:
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Wile E
Power User
by: mdm-adph
That's why I said "amazing" and not necessarily "faster." :rolleyes:
lol. Fair enough. Tho I didn't find them anything special either. They gave up memory bandwidth, but gained a cooler running gpu. The biggest benefit was the reduction in price. Still far from amazing tho, imho anyway. But to each their own, of course.
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#6
mk_ln
makes me wonder if i should sell my GTX280 and go for a pair of 4890s in xfire...i'd go SLI, but that would mean a new board, and I dont intend on getting another LGA775 board; an upgrade to i7 is a bit costly as well.
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