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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:27 pm 
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So I'm reading my MPC, and then I see that they have a new budget video card, but I am shocked that they recommended the x800 XL (opposed to the old budget card, the 6600GT). According to MPC , for a few more bucks you can get the x800, but I hardly consider $70-$100 a few extra bucks. I know, they might've confused it with the x800 regular, but the x800 regular does not have 16 pipelines.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:53 pm 
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I'm with you on this one - calling the x800xl a 'budget' video card is a bit premature IMO, both from a performance and price standpoint. It's a killer midrange card that competes with the 6800GT, yet is priced a good $70 less, but still $100+ more than a 6600GT. With the 7800GTX making it's debut and ATI hot on it's heels, the x800xl will find itself in a budget category, I just don't think we're there yet. Personally, I'd go:

Budget = 6600GT ($160ish on Pricewatch)

Midrange = x800xl ($280ish on Pricewatch)

High = 7800GTX ($500+ on Pricewatch)


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The 7800 GTX's street price is closer to $560 than $500 (at least for places that actually have it available and in stock). The street price of the x800 XL boards is about $280. The X800 XL board is about half the price of the top-of-the-line board, which is why we're putting it in the budget category. We only have two categories for BotB videocard. Maybe we should rename it to high-end and low-end, instead of budget and high-end.

Another way to look at the $60 price difference is that it's the basically the cost of a game. Just buy one less crappy game, and you make up the difference, but get a card that's a helluva lot faster.

///Will


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WillSmith wrote:
Another way to look at the $60 price difference is that it's the basically the cost of a game. Just buy one less crappy game, and you make up the difference, but get a card that's a helluva lot faster.

///Will


I could see that point and agree with it (and it's all semantics anyway), except that we're talking about a $120+ price difference between the x800xl and 6600GT, not $60. Looking at reliable, in-stock vendors on Pricewatch:

Chaintech 6600GT PCI-E - $161.50 shipped
Asus x800xl PCI-E - $280 shipped

Going down the list, there's several 6600GTs available in the sub-$170 pricing tier, while the x800xl quickly rises into $290+ or greater. $120 is currently the minimum price differential one would have to spend. It's just a curious omission from my perspective to only look at 'high and low' end and disregard the existence of a middle ground. Generally speaking, we have three types of builders - the budget oriented (low), the bang/buck crowd (mid range), and the high priced enthusiast (high).


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