|We earlier told you about the updates of the GeForce 9 roadmap</U> and along with it we also had some preliminary information about the price of the upcoming graphics cards from NVIDIA. The information we published stated that the GeForce 9800GX2 would cost $599, but we weren't able to confirm this before publishing. We now have confirmation that this is the recommended price of the reference-clocked GeForce 9800GX2. Overclocked versions will most likely cost a bit more.
Considering the Radeon HD 3870X2 costs little more than half that, and with the upcoming launch of CrossFireX, it does seem a bit expensive. Especially when you realize that this is basically two down-clocked GeForce 8800GTS cards slapped together and underclocked. The G92-450 core does sport some architectural improvements, such as OpenGL 2.1 support, but the 600MHz core, 1500MHz shader and 2000MHz memory clock is not going to impress many unless SLI delivers some kind of magic.
I don't know about you, but I am sick of $500+ video cards. At this price, it sure-as-hell better smoke the 3870x2. When I say smoke, I mean send it packing with it's tail between it's legs and an uBer base of e-penis envy.