GeForce 9600 GT to be pricier than its predecessor

Rumors have been swirling around about Nvidia's upcoming GeForce 9600 GT graphics card for some time now, and short of an announcement from the company, we've heard practically everything about the card. The 9600 GT is expected to feature 64 stream processors, 512MB of GDDR3 memory, a 256-bit memory bus, and core and memory speeds of 650MHz and 900MHz, respectively.

What we haven't heard is a definite price tag, however. Many rumor sites simply assumed that the card would launch in the same $149-159 price range like the GeForce 8600 GT, but according to a new report by Expreview, that assumption is incorrect. The Chinese site says the 9600 GT will actually launch at prices ranging from $169 to $189. Since the site also says the card will be available with either 256MB or 512MB of memory, pricing and memory capacities will likely be tied.

So when can we expect the 9600 GT to hit retail shelves? Sticking to previous rumors, Expreview maintains that the 9600 GT has been postponed from its previous February 14 launch date because of electrical issues and will make its appearance on February 21. The 9600 GT should be the first mainstream Nvidia product with a 256-bit memory bus, and it could be an interesting competitor to AMD's Radeon HD 3850. Currently, the cheapest 3850s are priced at $169.99, according to our price search engine.

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