Three weeks ago I purchased an ASUS HD 4870 Dark Knight (512MB TOP overclock variant) for $165 from NewEgg, on sale from the original $190 (US). Now I want to purchase a second one for CF, but noticed that that same card has jumped to $260! In fact, looking around, just about every HD 4870 card has gone up. This is a brand new build and had I known that, I'd have bought two cards at that time.
I have not read about any jump in price of this magnitude. If anything, I thought the Nvidia/ATI wars were just starting up again. Can someone out there 'splain to me what is going on out there? Thanks! I can't seem to find any info elsewhere.
E8400->4.2GHz || ASUS P5Q Pro || ASUS HD 4870 512MB 815/925MHz 9.4 || 4GB G.SKILL PC8500 || Corsair 750W || Zalman 9700LED || WD VelociRaptor 300GB & Caviar Black 640GB || Pioneer DVD-R/W || Antec Nine Hundred
I watched prices for 6 months on everything from the E8400 to the PC8500 RAM to the PS to the 4870 video card, and they all gradually went down over that period. And it's the same deal on ZipZoomFly and Amazon, so it's not just NewEgg. Sure, prices may go up or down $25 or so, but $100 UP on a graphics card? That's insane. Finally I did something right! Looks like that CrossFire will have to wait. Again. Or get replaced with the new GT300 from Nvidia.
I noticed that last month too, prices went up and then two weeks after that they lowered the prices by $50 - $60, so just be patient.
I think prices go up as their supply lowers, but once they get their new supply from the manufacturers, prices will go down again.
The cheapest 4870 is around $160 and the others are way higher. 3 4870s will cost $480. VisionTek and HIS have their 4870x2s at $500. The others are lower, but I guess their prices are not updated yet.
I'd say they did it to increase 4770 sales (4770 CF)