Getting better though
AMD's recently introduced Radeon HD 5870 is readily available in most
European markets. After a somewhat bumpy launch, distributors are
starting to get new shipments and they are finally coping with demand.
Speaking of demand, there seems to be plenty of early DirectX11
adopters to go around. Prices range for the HD 5870 range from just
under €300 in Blighty to €315 or €330 on the mainland, depending on the
However, if this is a bit steep for you, an HD 5850 costs a bit over
€200, although most retailers are listing it at about €215. We say
listing, not selling, because most retailers still don't have it in
stock, and some that did have it have sold out. We're hoping
availability will improve over the next couple of weeks.
Frankly, the HD 5850 sounds like a much better deal than the HD 5870.
It costs 40 percent less, but the performance penalty for one disabled
cluster and somewhat lower clocks is nowhere near 40 percent. It's much
closer to 10 percent actually.