We've checked the availability and pricing of several new and not-so-new graphics cards these past few days, including AMD's Radeon HD 4870, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 260, and the GeForce 9800 GTX. Today, we decided to have a look at the cheapest member of the new generation: the Radeon HD 4850.
Once again, we limited our search to Newegg, TigerDirect, ZipZoomFly, and Buy.com in the United States, since these are the four computer hardware e-tailers with the most reviews on both our price search engine and ResellerRatings.com. We probed availability and pricing north of the border by looking at NCIX. Prices for NCIX listings are all in Canadian dollars, and we highlighted available models in green.
|HIS Hightech H485F512P||$184.99||$199.99||$184.99||N/A||$199.99|
|POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-H||$182.99||N/A||N/A||N/A||$209.99|
|POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-RT||$198.99||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Radeon HD 4850 prices have gone down significantly since the card launched less than a month ago. On June 20, the cheapest 4850 we found cost $199 and came with a $30 mail-in rebate. Today, the cheapest U.S. model in our list is the Diamond 4850PE3512, which will only set you back $174.99 with free shipping at Newegg. TigerDirect actually prices the card at $169.99, but seems to charge at least $6.99 for shipping.
If you're willing to deal with the hassle of a mail-in rebate, you can also grab a Sapphire 4850 for $149.99 after a $30 MIR. And up in Canada, NCIX is running a promotion that pegs the Diamond 4850 at $164.99 CAD.
For a card that outdoes the pricier GeForce 9800 GTX pretty much across the board, those deals are definitely attractive—and they confirm a trend of very aggressive pricing from AMD for this generation.