ATI slashes prices on retail X1600 XT and Pro video cards

By Justin Mann on December 14, 2005, 10:51 AM
Some good holiday news for those looking to outfit new rigs, the price of the Radeon X1600XT 256MB has been cut by ATI quite a bit. In the U.S., you can pick up the XT version for $179 and the Pro version for a mere $129, putting the card under the price of similar nVidia offerings. Coupled with Shader Model 3.0 support (which the X800 series lack) and adequate speed for games today, it isn't tip-top but both are decent cards nevertheless. Comparable nVidia cards have still been able to keep a performance edge over ATI's X-lines, but oft times for the majority of users, a lower price can be much more attractive, which has typically been nVidia's strong point in the past year. We may see retaliation from nVidia in the form of price cuts from them as well, but that may just be wishful thinking. Recently, ATI revised the design of the X1600, giving it a 256bit memory bus over 128bit, providing a needed boost in performance.




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cyrax said:
Nice pricing. Lets hope this isn't just a paper launch. Ati has alot of catching up to do.
MarkSizzle said:
That is quite a nice price cut for us customers, but I still favor nVidia cards over ATI even if they are expensive. By the way cyrax, your right they definitely have a lot of catching up to do.
donnagual said:
I think SLI is what has killed ATI. They really missed the ball with that one. When SLI came out, most people building systems liked the promise of future upgradability that SLI had. And if you have an SLI motherboard, of course you are going to buy an nVidia card.Really, moreso than a leap in technology, it was a leap in marketing genious IMHO. Nvidia is loving its' profits from last year, no doubt.Crossfire? Now that everyone knows dual cards is not really a good option unless you are an EXTREME fps addict, crossfire won't be anywhere NEAR as succesfull. Unless ATI can win the battle of SINGLE cards, they are going to be in trouble. And I am not talking about price wars, I am talking about performance.[Edited by donnagual on 2005-12-14 16:07:47]
tarun123v said:
The Top notch Card offered by ATI has performance lesser than the nVidia's TopGun except for it's ANTI Aliasing Feature.Due to this ATI is forced to cut the prices.offcourse the technology used in it card's X1000,X1600 etc are towards good performance but still they to increase there performance or else they have to cut prices continously to stay in the market
Mofoed said:
i guess ATI is trying to catch up with nVidia's dominance as of late, this is an attractive move by them, gotta love fierce compitition between company's means better products for us and in this case, better for our wallets also.
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by Mofoed:[/b][quote]i guess ATI is trying to catch up with nVidia's dominance as of late, this is an attractive move by them, gotta love fierce compitition between company's means better products for us and in this case, better for our wallets also.[/quote]Yeh, the lower they put their prices. the better for my pocket in the shorterm. (If everything went down, so would wages!) ATI, as everyone else says here, has a lot of catching up to do but not only performance wise but also in general attractiveness. And SLI? Don't get me started with that. I forsee a giant leap in technogy coming i a year or two with everything from motherboards to graphic cards. Hopefully ATI will realise this as well.
Bartzy said:
For my opinion ATI will do just fine when R580 will get out. The X1000 was not even planned to be released, because it was delayed by too much time. They wanted to skip the R520 core to R580. The real battle will begin with dual core cards...About the price drop - Nice try, but it will not succeed. Nvidia has the 6800GS (A great card for its price and even beyond) for 180-200$... you cannot beat that with the X1600XT by any chance... the X1800XL price must drop and then it will be nice :)
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