9800 Pro prices

CptObvious

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I'm looking for an upgrade to my 8500 to play HL2. I was doing some searches for it on these forums and noticed the price is still the same (or above) what it was 3 months ago (~$200). I'd like to ideally spend no more than $125. Any guesses as to where it will be in the next few months? I'm not really keen on the video card market.

Thanks :beer:
 

Cawchy87

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Well, currently there is no reason for the 9800pro to come down in price because there simply isn't a competeter at the 200 dollar mark. The 6600GT is supposed to knock the 9800pro off of its perch as the best price/proformance card out there but we will have to wait an see. In the next few months i suspect the 9800pro will go down in price, but by how much totally depends on the availability of the 6600GT AGP and if dealers decide to price gauge for the holiday season.

You can't go wrong picking one up from the fs/ft forums for 150-160 shipped.
 

fbrdphreak

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If the 9800P goes down at all, you might find it for $149 at certain outlets. MSRP right now is $249.99, with regular sales @ $199.99 in retail stores. It might drop to MSRP of $199.99. Does ATI have plans for a mid-range AGP other than the 9800P? I'd imagine they won't make the X800 SE or whatever the 8-pipe X8xx is in an AGP flavor, just stickin' with PCI-E. Thoughts?
 

Cawchy87

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My guess is that ATI wouldn't de-thrown its own card who owns the 200 dollar price point. That would just be stupid. I would assume when the 6600GT AGP comes into the picture at high quantities then the x800 series will be force to move in and thus the 9800pro's price will drop. I think the ball is in nvidia's court for when the 9800pro's prices will fall.
 

mauiblue

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The model I have (9800 Pro 256/256) has gone up in price since I bought it in July of this year.
(See Link to Newegg).
This is also the card that I was able to flash the BIOS to 9800 XT. Great card but the cooling could be better. I was thinking of going with an after market video card cooler but heard some problems in installation of the cooler.

Best regards to all.
 

apoppin

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Doesn't look like it . . . . i was also glad to get a 9800xt for $223 (by way of flashing a 256/256MB pro).

9800PRO is ATI's AGP mainstream future
ATI IS NOT sending a very clear message about its mainstream graphics card strategy but we will try to clarify this for you.

Nvidia is going to announce the Geforce 6600GT and non GT AGP cards in just a bit more than two weeks. This means that ATI has to respond with something. This time, rather then going for a bridged X700 card, it will just lower the price of a well known card.

ATI will offer 9800PRO cards for ?200 to compete with the Geforce 6600GT AGP. That's $250 in the US, according to sales staff.

ATI's $199 card is still the Radeon 9600XT and this card is here to stay with us at least till Realto, ATI's PCIe bridge comes into action in Q1 2005.

You can buy 9600XT cards for much less these days. It will cost less then ?140 here in the old continent. ATI's SRP (Suggested Retail Price) is still $199 for this card.

ATI is using 9800PRO since it has very good yields and since it still cannot bridge things down, at least not until Q1 2005.

We believe that in Q1 2005 or early Q2 2005, ATI will finally turn the page and introduce its X700 based AGP cards if it sees the demand, of course.

It will be fun to compare once high end Radeon 9800PRO with Geforce 6600GT AGP to see which will win. I guess we will be able to do that soon.
 

kamranziadar

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I bought Powercolor 9800SE from newegg a couple of months ago, flashed it to Pro by using Omega Drivers. It was for $144 shipped see if you can still find that, and by using VGA Silencer cooling i was able to overclock upto my signature speed.
 

CptObvious

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Thanks for the info. I guess I'll wait until January and see how prices are. Hopefully this 6600GT will be everywhere by then :thumbsup: