Deal of the week: a Radeon HD 4870 for $165 shipped

Nvidia’s new GeForce GTS 250 1GB looked like a pretty decent deal for the $150 suggested retail price. That said, the card doesn’t come out until March 10, and AMD seems to have made some pretty aggressive price cuts over the past few days.

In late January, we were surprised to see a Radeon HD 4870 512MB selling for $180. Today, Newegg offers a Sapphire variant of AMD’s mid-range wonder for $164.99 with free shipping. Factor in the $15 mail-in rebate the e-tailer offers, and you can end up paying only 150 bucks for the card.

If you’ve read our review, you’ll know the 4870 512MB typically outperforms the GeForce GTS 250 1GB at resolutions up to and including 1920×1200, despite the fact that it has less memory onboard. You can attribute that difference in large part to GDDR5 memory, which provides the AMD offering with (considerably) higher memory bandwidth.

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    • Sunburn74
    • 11 years ago

    I hope Nvidia will drop prices on their GTX 260 as well. But so far seems like they have little incentive to 🙁

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 11 years ago

    Damn!! Can’t win! I bought the same damn card less than a month ago (2/13) for $189.00. A 25 buck drop! Wow! What a deal! Then next month it will be $140?? If so, I’m buying another just for the hell of it!

    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    In the UK the cheapest i can find a 4870 is around £155. Thats not much less than when it launched! Near parity with the dollar despite the excahnge rate being about $1.4=£1. Hopefully the UK partners will wake up and drop prices once the GTX250 gets here.

    EDIT: And if that seems unfair, a GTX260 will set me back nearly £200 for the cheapest ones. How the maths works on that i dont know.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      Really, it launched at 155 GBP? Back when the exchange rate was nearer 2:1 GBP:USD? (Or maybe that was the Euro) If so the exchange rate change explains a good part of it.

      I don’t pay attention to overseas prices naturally but I do often see people say that the pricing is not exactly exchange-rate based, like sometimes it’s said to be the same number for whatever currency. I’m sure the companies have set prices in local currency just like they do in the US.

    • TaBoVilla
    • 11 years ago

    nice. . . we only need a $300 4870X2 then

      • moose17145
      • 11 years ago

      oh i hope not! otherwise im gonna be too tempted to get one and pair it with my current 4870 1GB for some tri-sli love lol (i know its actually crossfire… but tri-sli sounded better than tri-crossfire 🙂

        • Master Kenobi
        • 11 years ago

        Call it Tri-fire or Tri-force xD

    • Philldoe
    • 11 years ago

    Hahaha, I just orderd one of these this morning. It’s going to be replacing the X1900XT that replaced my 4870×2 that was fried by lightning.

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 11 years ago

      Don’t leave the poor video card alone in the thunder storms anymore.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    March 10 is a whopping 4 days away.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 11 years ago

      What they’re saying is that the 4870 is better, so don’t bother waiting.

        • moshpit
        • 11 years ago

        Bingo. 4870 512mb > GTS250 1Gb any say of the week. Keep in mind the 4870 512mb competes directly with the GTX260 quite well.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        Indeedery-do and I didn’t mean to imply otherwise but the March 10 statement in particular made it seem like it’s a longer way away than a mere 4 days, at least to me. There are other things to consider too, the big one being power draw. I bet we’ll see MIRs or deals on GTS 250 almost at launch. All-in-all there are great choices in the $150 range no matter what one is looking for.

    • Xenolith
    • 11 years ago

    Stop with the rebates already!!!

      • moshpit
      • 11 years ago

      Why? You don’t want a superior card for the same end price as an inferior card?

        • KikassAssassin
        • 11 years ago

        I think he means they should just be selling it for $150 shipped instead of having a MIR.

          • clone
          • 11 years ago

          exactly, any MIR program is terrible many if not most of them force the buyer to jump through hoops and a large enough % go ignored to the point of being criminal.

          I’ve submitted 7 MIR’s 2 took 8 months 3 more took 6 months to process, 1 went ignored and the last netted me a response from the manufacturer claiming their was never any such rebate.

          if it’s not instant I usually ignore the rebate altogether and search for a similiar part for a price that’s “close enough”.

            • TheBob!
            • 11 years ago

            Diddo! MIRs mean nothing to me. I would be happy to pay $185 for something than $200 and hope for a $45 rebate.

            • Kamisaki
            • 11 years ago

            So ignore the MIR. $165 is still a screaming deal for the 4870.

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