|With rumors swirling about NVIDIA releasing the 9000 series of video cards, starting with the 9600, it appears that AMD isn't too worried. If anything, it seems that they're planning on undermining the launch via price cuts of their existing HD 3800 series cards. Do bear in mind that the suggested prices of the 9600 series cards are simply rumors until they hit shelves:
“With 9600 cards expected to hit the market at suggested retail prices in the range of US$169-189, this puts them up against AMD's current mid-range offering, the Radeon HD 3850, at between US$169-229. However, early benchmark results show the 9600 GT delivering performance just slightly below that of AMD's higher-end product, the 3870, which carries current pricing of around US$189-250 and above.”
As soon as NVIDIA launches their new cards you can expect HotHardware to have all the inside info, so stay tuned to see how it stacks up.
AMD not fazed by impending Nvidia 9600 launch
|With the launch of Nvidia's first next-generation GPU, the GeForce 9600 GT, less than a day away (February 21), AMD has sent out a pre-emptive strike against the new competition, pointing out that AMD has, in its opinion, had cards offering similar, if not better, features on the market for the past three months.
With 9600 cards expected to hit the market at suggested retail prices in the range of US$169-189, this puts them up against AMD's current mid-range offering, the Radeon HD 3850, at between US$169-229. However, early benchmark results show the 9600 GT delivering performance just slightly below that of AMD's higher-end product, the 3870, which carries current pricing of around US$189-250 and above.
AMD pointed out that in recent history, retailers have been eager to capitalize on the high demand and short supply of graphics cards seen just after launch, warning it is possible we will see 9600 GTs carrying a premium which would effectively eliminate Nvidia's price advantage during the short-term.
AMD was also quick to highlight several specifications found in its 3000-series products that it says Nvidia has still yet to match. These include support for DirectX 10.1, 55nm manufacturing leading to cooler, quieter cards, and built-in HDCP. While these claims are all valid, it is debatable whether they serve as anything more than marketing check-points. Games that utilize DX 10.1 are not expected to hit the market in the near- or mid-term, and general opinion is divided on whether it will offer any significant benefit over DX 10. For HDCP, in the current market, it is highly likely vendors will implement support across the range, except for limited cases such as cards destined for OEM or emerging markets.
On the other hand, early testing does show AMD having a small but noticeable advantage in terms of heat, power consumption and noise.
Graphics card makers are in general agreement with the points noted by AMD, according to sources at the companies. However, they warned that if the 9600 GT and subsequent offerings from Nvidia deliver as promised, AMD may be forced to cut pricing of its 3850, and possibly 3870 products, in order to remain competitive.
AMD is killing the 9600GT before it gets a decent run.