Radeon HD 3800 series to start at $179?

Buy.com is already listing AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 graphics cards for $217.99 and $268.99, respectively, but AMD's officially recommended prices for the two cards may end up a bit lower. In fact, DigiTimes says it learned from unnamed sources at graphics card makers that AMD will undercut Nvidia with its final launch prices for the Radeon HD 3800 series.

According to DigiTimes, AMD initially planned to start the Radeon HD 3850 at $199 and the Radeon HD 3870 at $259. However, the company has reportedly bumped down its two upcoming cards to $179 and $239, respectively. DigiTimes explains that the move is a reaction to the launch of Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT, which has recommended price range of $199-249. (Of course, 8800 GTs are currently scarce, and actual retail prices for them are well above the official price range.)

Based on a purported AMD presentation leaked last week, the Radeon HD 3850 will run at 670MHz and feature 256MB of 830MHz GDDR3 RAM, while the Radeon HD 3870 will be clocked at 775MHz or more and include 512MB of 1125MHz GDDR4 RAM. Both cards are expected to have 320 stream processors, 256-bit memory interfaces, and PCI Express 2.0 support.

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