Originally Posted by Marlaman
newegg has a tendency *because they're a bigdog* to maybe go a little above the MSRP sometimes.
and they're still my number one choice when it comes to buying parts
Yes, but newegg's "Free shipping on nearly everything" policy makes their total costs usually equal to or below other retailers'. Also, IME, they have more mail-in rebate and combo deal offers than anywhere else, and tend to keep up better with price drops (ex: the GTX280 has already dropped $100).
Speaking of the price drops on the 200 series, this may provide more pressure for ATI to set the 4870x2 at a lower base price to keep their lead in the price-to-performance ratio, as well as allow OEMs to release it earlier. I'm assuming they will be on shelves (or at least on Newegg) by the end of July. It may still be a good idea to wait until August (if you can
) and see if there are any more price drops due to this competition. I can see the GTX200s dropping another $50 at least within the next few weeks, which would put them on par roughly with ATI...but then, ATI's new cards have much more overclocking headroom so we may see manufacturer-OCd versions released soon as well.
In calling which of these cards will "win" this round, I would have said ATI for sure a week ago, but with nVidia willing to drop their prices, we may now have a more level playing field. I think the performance on both of these cards is still underquoted by quite a bit due to premature drivers and non-optimized games, so it's really hard to compare the performance of the GTX280 to the original 4870, but so far it looks like ATI still has the upper hand in price-to-performance (if the 4870x2 really goes for $500). If nothing else, having two fairly matched cards this time will certainly be good for all of us, as we're already seeing the prices start to drop.