Best Last-Gen Video Card Deals

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

New video cards are coming out more quickly than we can write reviews here at Gamers Nexus. The launch of the RX 460, RX 470, RX 480, and GTX 1060 have released a flurry of new options for budget to mid-range gamers (and high-end, if you count the 1070s and 1080s). The new cards have brought down prices for older last-gen video cards, especially 900-series nVidia cards and 300-series AMD cards. In this piece, we’ll show you the best bang for your buck when it comes to last-gen video card purchases – and they aren't even second-hand.

Gamers looking to get a card for $100 to $130 have a few options at the price range. At $110, you could either get a GTX 750 Ti ($110) or opt for AMD’s newly released RX 460. The RX 460 makes more sense than a GTX 750 Ti, at this point, but we do generally recommend a bump up to the next class. That would include the GTX 950 for $125 (after a $15 rebate), outperforming the RX 460 card by 25% in some cases. On the AMD side, the R9 380X was briefly available for $150 before the RX 460 launch, but seems to have risen in price.

Pre-empting the release of the GTX 1060 and our forthcoming content push, this sales post stands as small, easily consumed content for the weekend. We spotted the ASUS VN248-P display for ~$110, a couple of Corsair products (750W PSU, $76 K70), and the ASUS Z97-PRO. Sure -- Z97 is so last-gen, but it's still a good platform for builders sticking to Devil's Canyon.

The RX 480 and GTX 1080/1070 launches have driven down prices of existing video cards. The R9 390X is still a powerful offering in the face of AMD's own RX 480, and nVidia's GTX 980 Ti remains one of the highest performing cards for CUDA-related tasks (at its price). Both are on sale this week, as is a budget Acer laptop.

This coming week will see publication of an SSD NAND discussion piece, a GTX 1080 review – and likely subsequent 1070 review, and some feature content that we've been quietly working on. The sales round-ups always serve as a means to tease some of our upcoming content, as many of you know, and see publication on Sundays where we're trying to ramp into the week.

This Sunday sees posting of GTX 980 discount pricing – new permanent prices nearing $380 – and a slew of PSU sales from Corsair, with ancillary discounts on ASUS displays. See below.

The heretofore unprecedented onslaught of simultaneous hardware architecture launches has prompted a wave of price cuts across GPUs. Mid-range gaming cards can now be had at $250-$300, a steep cut from launch prices that teetered nearing $400. The GTX 970 4GB and R9 390 8GB are among devices facing price cuts, and for users who'd rather not wait for (or spend extra on) the RX 480 and GTX 1070, the 390 and 970 are still worthy considerations.

Between last week's GTC and PAX East (this coming weekend), we find ourselves at home base just long enough to throw together a few feature pieces and the regular weekend-ly sales post. Sales for the weekend include an MSI R9 390X 8GB card for $360 (after MIR), the Corsair Graphite 780T full-tower, an Intel i7-6700K finally approaching MSRP, and G.Skill's mechanical keyboard. As for the week's feature pieces, be sure to check back Monday for our AMD Athlon X4 880K review, a write-up featuring industry luminary Warren Spectre, and more.

DDR3 prices have fallen hard – a welcomed return to the prices of a few years back, if anyone remembers the factory fire-inspired spike. It's now possible to get an 8GB, high-density stick of DDR3-1866 memory for $35, and DDR4 (for the Skylake / HW-E users) isn't much worse in price. In other aspects of computing, we found an IPS LED 1080p display on sale and Corsair C70 enclosure with an MIR.

Sadly, MSI's dual-platform motherboards and Corsair's RGB LED monitors were short-lived April Fool's jokes. Forever forgotten to time, never to be realized. Still, there's some real hardware for sale this weekend: An 80 Plus Platinum PSU, HD518 headphones, DDR3 RAM on the cheap, and an Intel CPU.

This weekend's hardware sales feature a high-end GPU – the 980 Ti Hybrid – and mid-range motherboard, with a spot of flavor from SanDisk's 480GB Ultra II. The Corsair KATAR gaming mouse rounds-out the pack of this weekend's gaming hardware sales. See below.

Hours from our flight to this week's GDC in San Francisco, a few worthy deals sprung forth for the weekend's regular sales round-up. AMD's Athlon X4 845 is among the best-performing low-end CPUs presently available – and is now, finally, available – and it's joined by SilverStone's Raven RVZ02B case. Wrapping things up, a Platinum-rated Be Quiet! PSU has hit the $130 mark, down from its usual $150.

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