Deal of the week: A fresh crop of mid-range graphics cards

— 10:18 AM on January 28, 2011

Don't you just love it when new graphics cards are available immediately after their official launch? Nvidia uncorked its GeForce GTX 560 Ti earlier in the week, and examples are already selling for the official $250 asking price. Newegg has several models listed, and our favorite of the bunch is N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC. Despite costing no more than stock-clocked cards, this one offers a faster 880MHz core clock speed and 4.2 GT/s memory. We also like the fact that the Twin Frozr cooler does a nice job of keeping GPU temperatures in check without making too much noise.

If Radeons are more your style, AMD's response to the 560 Ti has popped up online, as well. Sapphire's Radeon HD 6950 1GB is selling for $260, and we'd have a hard time picking between it and the GeForce. Budget-conscious folks who find it difficult to drop that much on a new graphics card might want to check out the GeForce GTX 460 1GB. Zotac has one selling for $190 with a mail-in rebate that promises to knock an additional $30 off the price.

Despite the Radeon's Canadian roots, the 6950 1GB is selling for close to $300 north of the border. Fortunately, NCIX's weekly sale has discounts on a couple of GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards, including the same MSI Twin Frozr II Newegg is hawking. In a nice bit of parity, NCIX has the card for $250 CDN. It's also throwing in download coupons for Just Cause 2 and Mafia II. There seem to be a lot of those going around.

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