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What Price drop Expected for 9800XT

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March 16, 2004 7:54:57 PM

Given that the newer generation of cards is expected soon, does anyone have an idea what the 9800XT's will drop down to price wise?

I'm really tempted to pick up a 9800pro for $200 now, but would like to go for a 9800XT if it'll drop alot.


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March 17, 2004 12:38:37 AM

With all the rumors about the new cards, who knows exactly when we will see them. You may be waiting a long time. I guess it will depend on just how much better these new cards are, but I think it will be quite a while before we see $200 R9800XT's. How much is the small gain in performance really worth to you? Sure if we were to soon see a $300 retail 9800XT with HL2, that would be arguably a great deal. But a $200 Radeon 9800 Pro now is a great deal. No need to argue it. Last thought, if the new cards stomp the R9800XT, prices will drop, but will you still want the 9800XT?

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March 17, 2004 12:46:34 AM

Oops, I just noticed you have a 9600 Pro now. Hmmm, unless you have a spare box to put that in or are confident you can sell it for a good price, maybe waiting to see the new cards is better. That said I went from 9500 pro to 9800 Pro, but I then used the R9500 Pro in place of R8500le in a spare system. So it was kinda like two upgrades for the price of one. Also I like to play at 1280x1024 and the R9500 Pro barely was good enough to mess with AA/AF without dropping to 1024x768.



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March 17, 2004 3:18:32 AM

just wait for the next mid-range cards, they'll probably perform same as 9800s except they'll have newer tech and cheaper price............ i think.............

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March 17, 2004 9:23:19 AM

Another for waiting. Several reasons:

- You own a good card, DX9 compatible
- Probably right now you can run any game at very respectable settings.
- No one knows when new cards will appear
- No one knows how much new cards will cost
- No one knows the performance of new cards
- And new games (HL2 D3) aren't out and don't have real benches will all the cards.

So, why upgrade? Time is on your side, wait until at least some of the questions are answered.




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March 17, 2004 6:43:31 PM

Thanks, accurate and wise counsel.

I just want all the eye candy I can get :0

But I don't think I wanna spend more than say $250ish for a vid card. I was hoping many would predict a price drop this year that would bring the 9800XT in that range. But given the XT's are going for about $450 now, it's prolly hoping for too much.

Thanks All

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March 17, 2004 7:00:40 PM

yes i was thinking that too spitfire


theres no point in having 2 top end models, especially if one is a generaiton behind

theres no point in putting that expensive high-clocked ram on a generation old card... itd be like buying a GF3 with 950mhz ram

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