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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 11:23

Retailers apparently cutting HD 5800 prices

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Rolling out the red carpet for GTX 460
It appears that some retailers and/or AMD AIBs are preparing to cut HD 5800 prices in order to maintain their lead over Nvidia and fend off the GTX 460. Bear in mind that there is still no official confirmation on any price cuts and we are merely monitoring some early listings in the US and EU.

For example, HD 5830 prices on Newegg appear to be going down and several cards are listed at $199. This is not a major cut, just $10 to $20, but it doesn’t have to be, as Nvidia’s GTX 768MB cards are selling for $199. However, the HD 5830 ships with 1GB of memory and it features a 256-bit bus, so it has a bit of an advantage over Nvidia’s 192-bit card. EU prices appear to be following suit, but bear in mind that some EU retailers were offering HD 5830 for less than €199 more than a month ago.

The situation is somewhat more blurry when it comes to the HD 5850. A British e-tailer is apparently shipping them at €239, but most prices on the mainland remain unchanged. Amazon.de is listing HD 5850 cards at €243, but they are still not available at the list price. Stateside there are no major changes, but there were some slight drops and the HD 5850 can be yours for $299.

Basically it appears that some price cuts are coming, but they will not be significant. Distributors might just cut prices by as little as 5 percent in order to match the GTX 460 price point, especially with the HD 5830. However, take this with a grain of salt. Thanks to unstable currency exchange rates and the depreciation of the euro, EU prices have been erratic in past weeks. In fact, many products in the EU still retail at higher prices than several months ago thanks to weakness of the euro.
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+13 #1 yourma2000 2010-07-14 14:02
it's starting...
 
 
+18 #2 droid_hunter 2010-07-14 14:33
And not a moment too soon, I refuse to pay full price for a GFX that is more than six month old.
 
 
0 #3 flip-mode 2010-07-14 15:17
This article is out of touch with reality.

5830 has been available for $199 or less for a bit now.

There's a XFX 5850 that has been available at newegg in the US for $289 for a while now.

And it's a fallacy to say that prices of cards should be set relative to how their specs compare - what difference does that make? It's all about how they perform. The 460 is a stronger card than the 5830, regardless of any paper advantage the 5830 can claim.
 
 
-6 #4 blandead 2010-07-14 15:56
Quoting flip-mode:
This article is out of touch with reality.

5830 has been available for $199 or less for a bit now.

There's a XFX 5850 that has been available at newegg in the US for $289 for a while now.

And it's a fallacy to say that prices of cards should be set relative to how their specs compare - what difference does that make? It's all about how they perform. The 460 is a stronger card than the 5830, regardless of any paper advantage the 5830 can claim.


overclocked yea, but what about stock speeds? I think we really need a 5830 oc and gtx 460 oc comparison
 
 
+3 #5 Alexko 2010-07-14 16:13
Quoting flip-mode:
This article is out of touch with reality.[...]



Well, I think the idea here is future-proofing. While the GTX 460 definitely offers very good value now, the 768MB version might end up limited by its memory in a few months, especially if you play in 1920 × 1080 or 1200 with anti-aliasing. In fact, in some games (e.g. Metro 2033) it already is.
 
 
+3 #6 GrapeApe 2010-07-14 16:15
As mentioned by Flip-Mode the HD5830 has been available for $199 for a very long time now, the only thing that has changed is it's now more vendors at more e-tailers.

Price cuts are sure to come, but why bother in the first week when the ecosphere is full of hype.

However if the HD5850 pricing changes, expect GTX470 pricing to be dragged down with it and the GTX480 due to it's poor value due to two GTX460 in SLi, and that will pull the HD5870/5970 down too.

That's what happens when you inject competent new cards into the pricing grid.

And it's not the GTX460-768 that matters @ $199, like the HD5830 it's a card for chumps, the GTX460-1GB is the compelling card after initial pent-up fanboi demand when sane consumers are buying.
 
 
+3 #7 Nubstick 2010-07-14 17:30
As flip-mode has stated (at least here in the US), the 5830 has been available for $200 and the 5850 for $300 for quite some time before the release of the GTX 460. Maybe more vendors are lowering to these prices but the minimum prices haven't changed.
 
 
+3 #8 Fud_u 2010-07-15 02:09
It's still a solid $400 on Newegg on most brands. For a graphic card the HD5870 have been holding strong at that price point. Oh the good old days where they drop like $100 3 months later after release and another $50 after that. Yea, I'm that sucker that bought the HD2900 when it first release.
 
 
+8 #9 Greg4422 2010-07-15 02:49
My entire system is AMD… 790FX MB, Phenom II 955 X4, ATI 5870, and while I believe AMD won the graphics war this cycle, with a better product “Evergreen” in price, performance and efficiency, it’s my “opinion” the 5XXX cards are all overpriced. I purchased my 5870 at the $424.00 price point some months ago, and that was approximately $100 to dam much. It’s not worth that price even if it’s better than the baconator from NVidia.
 
 
-2 #10 SiliconDoc 2010-07-24 20:25
This is one of those "in theory only" problems:
" However, the HD 5830 ships with 1GB of memory and it features a 256-bit bus, so it has a bit of an advantage over Nvidia’s 192-bit card. "
Unfortunately, the 768 gtx460 stomps the crap out of the 5830 nine tines out of ten. Does 5830 get even a single win ?
Now the benchmarks are out, the $199 460 whips the tar out of the crappy in comparison 5830, that even the red rooster fanboys used to bash...
( Now they've reversed their hatred in hopes that they can convince someone, anyone, that it competes with GTX460)
No the 460 is smashing down the 5850 (that had low sales anyway), crushing the 5830, and pretty much leaves just the 5770 for the red roosters, to save a few bucks.
 

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