Last week we told you about how AMD was looking to put some pressure in the sub-$300 segment with new cutback Radeon HD 6900 cards as Nvidia readies the launch of its GTX 560 Ti which is due today, so check back for our review! Well, now the company has made it official announcing a new 1GB variant of the Radeon HD 6950 priced at $259. This is basically a normal HD 6950 with half the memory and as a result the price and memory performance is lower.
Newegg already has listed three versions of the board for sale on its site, including a slightly overclocked model from XFX. So far weve seen no mention of a similarly cutback 1GB version of the Radeon HD 6970, but AMD did cut prices on the 2GB HD 6950 model, which will now sell from $269 to $289 depending on configuration. In addition, the previous-generation Radeon HD 6870 that launched with a recommended price tag of $239 is going down to $219.
If the GeForce GTX 560 Ti does enter the market at $250, we feel that AMD could be gaming the brackets successfully, putting themselves in a good position below and above Nvidia's upcoming mainstream offering.