Deal of the week: Graphics and 802.11n routers


— 5:17 PM on January 22, 2010

In our review of AMD's new Radeon HD 5670 last week, we said we wouldn't be surprised if the graphics card tumbled below $99 before too long. Well, wouldn't you know it: Newegg already sells a Sapphire-branded version of the 5670 for $94.99 before shipping. Not bad for a little DirectX 11 card that happily runs new games at 1680x1050 with antialiasing enabled.

We're talking a full-featured Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB GDDR5 memory running at the standard 4Gbps, too—just like the one we reviewed, except Sapphire has decided to slap on a third-party cooler. The size of the fan and the amount of aluminum beneath it bode well, though, especially considering how quiet the stock 5670 manages to stay with a much smaller cooler.

Also, Scott touted the merits of Netgear's RangeMax WNDR3700 dual-band 802.11n router this morning, and the device certainly deserves a place here, especially at $159.99 with free shipping. The WNDR3700 can run separate 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks with separate SSIDs, with the option for an extra two virtual "guest" networks that can access the Internet without tapping into the local network. Performance is great, too, and Newegg reviews look overwhelmingly positive.

For those seeking a cheaper alternative, D-Link's single-band DIR-655 is also a fine choice at $92.63 shipped. I've been using it myself with a 100Mbps FTTC Internet connection for well over a year now, and it's held up beautifully, delivering great speeds over both the 802.11n and the Gigabit Ethernet ports. D-Link has implemented pretty effective quality-of-service packet filtering, too, and the web interface is snappy and effective, which doesn't hurt.

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