What a week it has been for the price guides! Did you get a chance to see the redesigned beta webpage? NewEgg wasn’t the only one to scrap their original beta web design at the last second, apparently! Our working beta was nearing completion until we learned that the price engine code was just a few pixels shy of fitting in the AnandTech standard borders. We played around with some ideas and twisted some graphics around and finally settled on a layout similar to the one that you can see here. After we wade through some of the more cosmetic changes and updates, our guide engine will be finally ready to sit on the main site (we promise this time!).

Speaking of redesigns, NewEgg’s redesign launched just a few days ago. The new design is a little easier on wide screen displays and focuses more on user reviews. In any case, we like the new design, although it is definitely a large change from the old design and an adjustment if you were accustomed to it.

In video card news, X800 XL and X800 video cards are now in the mainstream AGP market and like so many things AGP, our disappointment can hardly be contained. After months of waiting, it looks like our friends at Sapphire were the only ones capable of bringing the AGP X800 XL cards into any sort of competitive pricing with their PCIe counterparts, but with inexpensive nForce4 motherboards and current Intel PCIe motherboards hitting their second iteration, it feels really difficult to give AGP much worth while praise.

We have received word from several motherboard manufacturers that GeForce 6200 Turbo Cache cards are going to start shipping with low end PCIe motherboards. Supposedly, this should help keep production costs down on low end boards as IGP motherboards will not need separate designs for end users. On the other hand, the end user might pay more for the additional packaging/production of the GPU on an external card. We will be following this very closely over the next few quarters.

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  • cryptonomicon - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - link

    neat stuff.

    hard to decide between 6600GT and 9800pro as it just dropped in price. i'll have to do some benchmark comparisons against price ratios.
  • semo - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - link


    €428 = $553 according to this site: www.xe.com/ucc/
  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    patrick0: I am not 100% sure of the exchange rate, but I know the USD against the Euro is not favorable. €428 is definitely more than $459.

  • EODetroit - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    Its a shame about Newegg, they used to allow negative reviews. I remember shopping for a DVD burner back when they were new and expensive, and people who write stuff like "This burner sucks, avoid it at all costs! Newegg rocks, they got it to me in 2 days, but don't buy this burner, it sucks!". Those reviews were really helpful. But now you don't see anything negative so you can't trust the reviews any more :(. I still shop at Newegg all the time but I don't recommend them to all my friends like I used to 'cause of this.
  • junyor22 - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    On page 4 they mention a 256MB 6600GT offering from MSI...
    The link actualy goes to a 128MB version of this card and looking at MSI's website

    They don't offer this card. Only a 256MB AGP 6600 (non GT)

  • patrick0 - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    Forget about the $70-$120, that's what alcohol is doing :)

    Still the X850XT PE is about $40 cheaper.
  • patrick0 - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    I really don't understand why you always compare prices of these expensive stores.

    A Radeon X850XT for $460, I can buy one for €378 (GeCube) or €385 (PowerColor)
    Radeon X850XT PE for $459, I can buy one for €428

    Even if you have to pay international shipment, over $70-$120 diference will make up for that.

    I suppose you can buy in the USA for these prices as well. For those who care, these are prices of a store in Barcelona (Spain)
  • Phiro - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    Hey, where's the regular 6600's? Don't they fill the gap between the $180 6600GT and the $100 6200?
  • Souka - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    Pretty useless article.... my opinion... nuff said.
  • intellon - Monday, April 25, 2005 - link

    I'm a student and I have a P4-2.8GHz 533FSB with 512mb RDRAM and an AGP 9700 pro AND it's a Dell!!!(please spare the bashing)
    now strictly economically, should I bother to replace 9700pro with a X800XL or a BFG-6800GT OC (Both can be had for $500 here in Canada) or should I dump the dell and build my own PCI-e rig?
    Note: Money matters. So need the total cost to be minimum in the end.

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