Radeon X1800 for $249? That’s Realilty!
After lowering the prices on the Radeon X1900, X1800 and X1600-series graphics cards a week ago, ATI still had a significant gap in its Shader Model 3.0-supporting product line: the $200 - $300 segment did not have a single product. In an attempt to improve the situation ATI introduced the Radeon X1800 GTO that should retail for $249.
ATI Radeon X1800 GTO has 12 pixel shader processors and 8 vertex processors, a bit less compared to the Radeon X1800 XL that sports 16 and 8 pixel and vertex shader units respectively.
The new Radeon X1800 GTO has pretty unique product positioning: formally, Nvidia has only the GeForce 6800 GS, which the new model X1800 GTO promises to outperform, for $249, whereas the new GeForce 7600 GT will have maximum price of $229. As a result, ATI’s partners will have something in the range that is not flooded with products these days.
Nvidia will probably react somehow to the Radeon X1800 GTO, possibly, by decreasing the price of the GeForce 7800 GT or even by launching a totally new product, however, if ATI and its partners are quick enough and can produce large volumes of the Radeon X1800 GTO, they are likely to sell quite a lot of such cards in the coming weeks.