Deal of the week: A Radeon HD 6870 for $140 and more

Now that AMD has gotten around to releasing a unified driver with Battlefield 3 and Rage support, there’s no shame in snapping up a Radeon for the fall game release season. That’s a good thing, because Amazon has quite a deal on a Radeon HD 6870 right now.

Sapphire’s stock-clocked Radeon HD 6870 is on sale for $159.99 with free shipping, and you can get the price down to just $139.99 via a mail-in rebate. Not bad for a card that usually sells closer to $180—and can keep up with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 560, which is even pricier.

Amazon also has a 20%-off sale on downloadable copies of Driver San Francisco, Dead Island, and A Game of Thrones: Genesis. The first two titles are priced at $39.99, while the third is just $31.99.

North of the border, NCIX’s Thanksgiving sale event is in full swing. (Yes, Canadian Thanksgiving is next Monday.) Among the many discounted items are WD’s 2TB Caviar Green, which is available for $69.99 CAD, and LG’s IPS231P 23-inch IPS display, which you can nab for only $199.99 CAD—even cheaper than at Amazon and Newegg.

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    • yokem55
    • 8 years ago

    Anyone know if the 1GB 6870 will be enough to turn up the texture detail on rage? I’d read that 1.5GB-2GB is recommended to max out the textures. Would the extra $40 for the 2GB be worth the difference in cost for the 2gb 6870?

      • swaaye
      • 8 years ago

      Don’t buy an AMD GPU for the game. I have a 6950 and a GTX 560 at home and the 560 is definitely running it a lot better. The tweaks don’t make much difference on NV because it already brings in the textures much faster than AMD (the transcode helps). 1GB of RAM seems to be plenty but if you can swing 1.5-2GB it is probably worth it for the future.

      edit – I’ve been playing the game on the 6950 again with the latest driver drop and the game patch and it is running a lot better. The smart vsync doesn’t seem to work so just set vsync to “on”. Large texture caches kills most popup and the game is smooth as butter.

      • Draphius
      • 8 years ago

      alli know is with the graphics forced to 8K textures prior to the patch and after the patch with the setting turned to large the most i ever hit on my gtx 460 is 750megs of vram used. prior to the patches and without anything forced on the game it was running at 700megs of vram so im not sure u need more then a gig for the game at all.

        • swaaye
        • 8 years ago

        The memory usage scales with your resolution. I’ve been playing with using the downscale trick on my GTX 560 and when I run the game at 2720×1536 (:D) it uses up all of the card’s 1GB of RAM. But at normal resolutions you are perfectly fine. I tend to run it at 2048×1152 and downscale that to 1360×768 (my TV).

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    Steam is selling the video card for more than Amazon [b<]as usual[/b<]. Damn you Valve and your ripoff prices!!!111eleventy

      • eofpi
      • 8 years ago

      How long does it take you to download hardware these days?

        • khands
        • 8 years ago

        Depends on the pricing tier.

        • thermistor
        • 8 years ago

        Just a minute now, I’m channeling the Intel download patch that unlocks core features that may not have purchased up front. Wonder what happened to that issue… Did they figure that enterprising individuals would have an instantly available patch free for download?

    • The Dark One
    • 8 years ago

    It’s always fun to change the .com in an amazon product URL to .ca to see what they’re charging up here. They want $250 for Sapphire card. 😛

    • wingless
    • 8 years ago

    Mail in rebates don’t count man!

    EDIT: To clarify, I say they do not count when informing us of a ‘DEAL OF THE WEEK’. The $140 implies what we pay up front, not what the final cost is MONTHS later. The MIR is just a bonus on top of the retail price.

    The title should have read: Deal of the week: A Radeon HD 6870 for $159.99 and more

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Sure they do.

        • MethylONE
        • 8 years ago

        NeelyCam, any advice on the MIRs? I’ve only had it work once and it took months. I completely ignore them now. Any reason to change my stance?

          • thebluebumblebee
          • 8 years ago

          If you don’t mind me butting in….
          I’ve been doing rebates for years and have had 100% success. Here’s how:
          *Follow the directions to a “T”. Don’t be in a hurry and even highlight each thing you must do and then check them off. That way, they will know that you knew.
          *Keep records. Copy what you submit. Period. I’ll even send a copy with the submission so that they know I have a copy. I have a scanner so it makes it easier.
          *Be patient. Most will take 8-12 weeks which is 2-3 months,(months sound longer than weeks, to me anyway) and I’m surprised how often the check arrives on the last day. Others I have back in 10 days.
          *Threaten to involve your state’s authorities if you know you’ve done it all and they’re just hoping that you’ll go away. I once got a card back explaining that my submission was denied and after reading through the reasons they gave, I realized that they said that I had not submitted the rebate request! How did they know that I wanted to submit the rebate if I had not submitted the rebate? I threatened them with a call to my AG’s office and I had the check the next week.
          *I often look at the rebate form BEFORE I purchase. If they seem fishy or have too short of a time window to submit the rebate, I don’t buy.

          Basically, you’ll get “out” of rebates what you put “into” them.

            • tay
            • 8 years ago

            Good advice. I usually fill them out if they’re $20 or over and have had 100% success over years as well.

          • NeelyCam
          • 8 years ago

          BlueBumbleBee had a fantastic answer to all this.

          I used to be vigilant about rebates – I would always keep copies (that saved me from missing out on one or two rebates where they claimed no UPC was included when it was stapled to the form). I used a scanner a couple of times make easy backups, and I have contacted my state’s Attorney General once or twice.

          Nonetheless, I’ve gotten lazier – these days 95% of rebates seem to come back fulfilled (is it because of regulation? justice department crackdown?). My biggest problem seems to be lack of discipline taking the checks to the bank…

          Oh, and the current trend of them sending $20 debit cards is somewhat annoying, but I use them to buy Amazon gift cards to be used on a later date.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          I’m also rocking 100% success. peeps just be tripping.

            • wingless
            • 8 years ago

            Read my EDIT^^

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            I don’t disagree with your position. that’s a perfectly legitimate opinion.

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