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If you bought a new video card two or three years ago, you've probably noticed that newer games aren't running as well right out of the box. Those GeForce 7900 and Radeon X1900 cards were fantastic when they were new, but game developers have caught up with more power-hungry graphics effects. Frame rates have started to dip, and you might have had to reduce the game-resolution and image-quality settings to get system performance up to acceptable levels. Lowering the image quality isn't a desirable long-term solution, so it's probably time to upgrade that video card.

We've gathered together a collection of video cards currently available online in the $150 to $250 price range. We originally planned to make $200 the hard price ceiling, but we found the ATI Radeon HD 4870 and the GeForce GTX 260 Core 192 sitting just above the cap and we had to get them into the comparison because both cards offer a considerable amount of graphics performance. Note that you'll find a lot of these cards priced far above our estimated street pricing, but we used the lowest prices we could find at major online retailers for our estimates. These basic video card packages generally ship without a pack-in game, so if you see a card at a much higher price, check to see if it comes with a game bundle such as Far Cry 2.

These cards aren't the top-of-the-line performance champions, but they'll have enough power to get you through a couple more years of PC gaming, and you can put the money you save on the video card toward buying more games and paying for that massively multiplayer online habit.
they epic fail. they even got the price on the GTX 260 Core 192 wrong - it's $219 at newegg.
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Umm... no it isn't

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130373
    
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Out of stock though

And this review probably wasn't done yesterday so prices aren't current. At least they are more accurate than Tom's Hardware's roundups.
    
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my bad - i take that last comment of mine back. i was referring to this GTX 260

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130370

it was in stock yesterday...
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post #6 of 12
well the one I posted is in stock and its no MIR $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127361
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Why do the benchmarks look Nvidia biased? Either way, it's a decent benchmark but they didn't use enough tests.
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Out of stock though

And this review probably wasn't done yesterday so prices aren't current. At least they are more accurate than Tom's Hardware's roundups.
it says 18th of december by "James Yu" at the top.
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it says 18th of december by "James Yu" at the top.
I think that is the published date. I don't think they do reviews within the day.
    
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in the quote you posted they say $150-250, and the GTX 260 says an est. price of $229...? did he update his article or something? lol
     
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