AMD has lowered its Radeon R9 280 price. In the USA the MSRP has dropped with a good 30 USD towards 249 USD. The card was released in March at an MSRP of 279 USD shich was probably too close to the 280X at 299 USD. The prices have been that high very long to too very high demand of these puppies for crypto valuta.
Also in related news the R7 and R9 lineup finally are available in good quantities. Right now, Newegg has plenty of Radeons selling at AMD's official launch prices, plus a handful that are even cheaper. Let's go with a bulleted list as compiled by techreport:
Seven different Radeon R9 270 cards are available for $179.99. This Sapphire variant is only $169.99, and there are 5-10% promo codes for several others.
Another seven R9 270X cards are selling for $199.99. Again, several options have 5-10% coupon codes attached: two from Powercolor are 10% off, while this one from Club3D is 5% off. All the coupon codes are listed on the Newegg product pages, so I won't bore you with them here.
Loads of Radeon R9 280 cards are in stock, but only one has the prescribed $249.99 sticker. You're better off with this Sapphire version, which is $209.29 with a 9%-off promo code. A mail-in rebate shaves another $10 off that card, too.
The R9 280X is meant to sell for $299.99. Three versions are available at that price, but that's not all. This Visiontek card is $289.99, and this Club3D one is $279.99.
Radeon R9 290 cards list at $399.99 for reference designs and $419.99 for custom solutions. I only see one reference card at Newegg, and it's just $389.99 before a $30 mail-in rebate. Several custom options are available for $399.99, including a Gigabyte card with a 7%-off promo code and a $20 MIR.
Newegg has a bunch of R9 290X cards at or below the official $549.99 asking price. This Sapphire version has a coupon code good for 10% off, while this XFX Double D is 7% off with a code of its own. Coupon codes aren't required for this $529 Gigabyte offering or this $519.99 Powercolor unit. That Powercolor card uses AMD's reference cooler, which isn't as good as the the custom designs we've tested. We think it's worth spending a little extra to get a card with a better cooler.
The last member of the Radeon R9 family, the 295 X2, is available in several flavors for $1,499.99. All the cards are basically the same, and I'm fairly certain this relatively recent offering hasn't suffered the higher prices that afflicted AMD's other Hawaii-based cards.
So, there you have it. The Radeon R9 family is finally whole and available to gamers as AMD intended. Let's hope this sort of development isn't newsworthy with future generations.
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