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Monthly Value Gaming System Buyer's Guide

February Video Card Price Guide

By SharkyExtreme.com Staff March 2, 2009

Introduction

Welcome to the Sharky Extreme Video Card Price Guide, which compliments our CPU and Memory guides by presenting a snap-shot of the overall market. This follows the same basic pattern as our CPU price guide, starting off with individual lists for both NVIDIA and AMD, then separating them into the various entry-level, mainstream and high-end market segments, and finishing up with a sorted price list combining all the cards.

The video card price lists are not meant to duplicate the vendor selection of an online price engine like PriceWatch or PriceGrabber, but instead looks to present a monthly view of the overall video card marketplace. The video cards and manufacturers in the price lists are selected due to video chip and brand popularity, market visibility, and overall positioning. In some cases, we only show the OEM price for less popular models, while including multiple retail cards at the hotter ends of the market.

* Please note that unless otherwise stated (using an OEM designation) the listed video cards are full retail boxed editions, and unless expressly listed as PCIe or AGP, are assumed to be the default format.

ATI-Based Video Cards

The AMD-ATI market starts with the Radeon 9X00-based video cards, then ranges from the entry-level Radeon HD 2400/3450 to the mainstream Radeon HD 2600 XT/3650, and extending all the way to the top-of-the-line Radeon HD 3800 and 4800-series cards. The following list is sorted by product line to give a full view of the various AMD-based options. The Radeon HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 series cards featured in the list are the models that are readily available online, and we continue to drop last-generation cards that are extremely difficult to find. As ATI had previously halted production on their popular All-in-Wonder brand, we started listing prices for the TV Wonder 550, 600 and 650 HD cards.

Our ATI video card chart shows a combination of price increases and decreases, with the latter winning out in the end. There were five price cuts that hit double digits, and notable drops included the Radeon HD 3850 256MB (-$27), Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB (-$25) and Radeon HD 4870 512MB (-$15) video cards. There were also four price increases of $10 or more, with a $64 spike to the Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB card being the largest. These two forces collided and the result was an aggregate chart drop of only $36 for the month of February.


ATI Video Card Price List

Video Card
Price
Change
Vendor
Radeon 9250 256MB (AGP)
$67
$11
NewEgg
Radeon 9550 256MB (AGP)
$60
n/a
NewEgg
Radeon X1050 256MB (PCIe)
$46
$0
Mwave
Radeon X1300 SFF 256MB (PCIe)
$116
$8
The Nerds.net
Radeon X1300 256MB (AGP)
$42
-$6
Tiger Direct
Radeon X1550 256MB (PCIe)
$32
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256MB (PCIe)
$43
-$5
Mwave
Radeon HD 2400 Pro 512MB (PCIe)
$51
-$1
Mwave
Radeon HD 2400 XT 256MB (PCIe)
$37
$2
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3450 256MB (PCIe)
$37
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3450 512MB
$44
$2
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4350 256MB
$42
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4350 512MB
$43
-$2
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4550 512MB
$57
-$8
NewEgg
TV Wonder 550 (PCI)
$80
$0
Mwave
TV Wonder 600 HD (PCI)
$84
$2
Mwave
TV Wonder 650 HD (PCI)
$107
$0
NewEgg
All-in-Wonder 9600XT 128MB (PCIe)
$91
-$9
CompuVest
Radeon X1650 Pro 256MB (AGP)
$52
n/a
NewEgg
Radeon X1650 Pro 512MB (PCIe)
$42
-$5
NewEgg
Radeon X1650 Pro 512MB (AGP)
$55
-$2
NewEgg
Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256MB
$50
-$12
Directron
Radeon HD 2600 Pro 512MB
$78
$6
Amazon
Radeon HD 2600 XT 512MB
$67
-$3
NewEgg
Radeon HD 2600 XT 512MB (AGP)
$106
-$1
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3650 512MB GDDR2
$57
-$5
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3650 512MB GDDR3
$81
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3650 1GB GDDR2
$79
$3
Mwave
All-in-Wonder HD 3650 512MB
$157
$0
NewEgg
Radeon X800 GTO 256MB
$78
-$9
CompuVest
All-in-Wonder X1800 XL 256MB
$139
n/a
CompuVest
Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB (PCIe)
$139
$0
ADC
Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB (AGP)
$142
-$6
Tiger Direct
Radeon HD 4650 512MB
$65
$1
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4650 1GB
$74
-$3
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4670 512MB
$80
-$4
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4670 1GB
$92
-$5
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3850 256MB
$72
-$27
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3850 512MB
$77
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3850 1GB
$92
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 3870 512MB
$85
-$2
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4830 512MB
$95
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4830 1GB
$147
$5
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4850 512MB
$144
-$1
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4850 1GB
$169
$0
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4870 512MB
$165
-$15
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4870 1GB
$242
$17
Tiger Direct
Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB
$316
$64
The Nerds.net
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB
$260
-$12
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
$310
$11
NewEgg
Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
$425
-$25
NewEgg

  • Page 1 February Video Card Price Guide
    Page 2 NVIDIA-Based Video Card Prices
    Page 3 Entry-Level Video Cards Sorted by Price
    Page 4 Mainstream Video Cards Sorted by Price
    Page 5 High-End Video Cards Sorted by Price
    Page 6 ATI and NVIDIA Video Cards Sorted by Price Change
    Page 7 ATI and NVIDIA Video Cards Sorted by Price

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