Deal of the week: Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

Our pick for this week's deal post is pretty straightforward. Nvidia's new GeForce 8800 GT 256MB recently became available at Newegg (and, seemingly, nowhere else), and an XFX model of the card can now be nabbed for just $209.99.

Based on early benchmarks that popped up last month, the 8800 GT 256MB performs within 1% of the 8800 GT 512MB at up to 1920x1200 without antialiasing and anisotropic filtering in 3DMark06 and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. With AA and AF enabled, the performance gap widens, although it's only 19.5% on average in the two tests.

Considering the cheapest GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in our availability check yesterday was $279.99, the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB seems like a pretty nice deal at $209. Folks with large monitors and a fondness of high antialiasing levels will probably want to shell out the extra dough for the 512MB version, though.

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