Deal of the week: Mid-range GPU bonanza

— 5:57 PM on October 22, 2010

AMD's Radeon HD 6800 graphics cards came out this morning, and already, they've made shopping for a mid-range graphics card quite a bit more interesting than it was just a few days ago.

Newegg's already stocking PowerColor, HIS, and Sapphire versions of the Radeon HD 6870 at just $239.99 a piece. From what I can tell, those all perform comparably to the old, ~$350 Radeon HD 5870, with lower power consumption to boot. Cheapskates should be happy to see the Radeon HD 6850 selling for $179.99, too. That card is easily AMD's quickest sub-$200 offering to date.

Nvidia hasn't been resting on its laurels, of course. The stock-clocked GeForce GTX 460 can now be had for as little as $189.99, or $169.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate. And if you don't mind spending a little more, some versions of the same card with highly potent "factory overlcocks" have gone down in price.

EVGA's GeForce GTX 460 FTW 1GB is one of those variants. It has an 850MHz GPU clock and a 4000MT/s memory speed, up considerably from the stock 675MHz and 3600MT/s. We'll publish performance results for this latest EVGA offering very soon, but trust us; it's a steal at $229.99 (or $219.99 after a $10 mail-in rebate). Google's cache reveals that the very same card sold for $259.99 without a rebate option only four days ago.

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