We can't tell if it's going to last, but apparently, AMD's Radeon HD 5800-series cards are no longer completely absent from e-tail stocks. At the very least, Newegg currently carries three Radeon HD 5850s and four Radeon HD 5870s. We've hardly seen so many cards in stock since those puppies came out—seriously.
Prices are still inflated across the board, of course, so we've turned our attention to the very cheapest available Radeon HD 5850: a Sapphire model Newegg offers for $309.99. That's 50 bucks or so over the suggested retail price, but this hike looks relatively uniform: our price search engine also shows $310 as the lowest price for a Radeon HD 5850, this time at Directron, and some 5850 variants sell for much more.
If you're hoping to snatch one of these cards before Christmas, though, then this might be your shot. Besides, the Radeon HD 5850 is easily the second-fastest single-GPU card on the market today. With current and future titles like DiRT 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Prypiat featuring DirectX 11 effects, DX11 support is also a definite plus.
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