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AMD Slashes the Price of the Radeon RX Vega 56 Down to $279 in Bid to Combat GTX 1660 Ti
By Jon Sutton on February 22nd, 2019 at 11:19am - original article from game-debate

AMD has cut the price of the Radeon RX Vega 56 across the board in an attempt to fend off the impending threat of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

The Radeon RX Vega 56 is now available for its lowest ever price of $279, which naturally translates to around £276 here in the UK. That is a massive reduction for the £500-600 they were selling for last summer though, and the $399 they were supposed to be available for stateside. $279 is also the exact expected retail price of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, so these two graphics cards are going to be very competitive indeed.

There’s also a double bonus for potential RX Vega 56 owners in that the three-game bundle is also still running. Picking the graphics card up from any participating retailer will net you PC codes for Resident Evil 2 Remake, Devil May Cry 2 and The Division 2. That’s not a bad haul for $279, not a bad haul at all.

Ordinarily, AMD’s older graphics card would be at a disadvantage when compared to Nvidia’s latest and greatest, but we know the GTX 1660 Ti will be lacking the real-time ray tracing technology present on the higher-end Turing GPUs. Current reports point toward the GTX 1660 Ti’s performance trading blows with the GeForce GTX 1070, making the Radeon RX Vega 56 potentially the faster card.

The odd part for AMD is where this leaves the Radeon RX 590. This graphics card is barely three months old and will set you back around $270-280. At that price, it’s just no longer worth it when it’s such a small step up in price to the Vega 56.

Change is afoot then, and genuine competition means cheaper prices for us. But are you going to be tempted into picking up a cut-price RX Vega 56? Or are you intent on waiting to see what Navi holds? Let us know what you think of it all below!rx vega nb