Now that we are only a few days away from the official retail launch of both the Nvidia GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, AMD decided that it would be best to combat them with a ‘price cut’. According to the company, both the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 graphics cards will be receiving price cuts starting from.. today.
According to AMD both the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 will ‘officially’ come with an even more affordable price tag. AMD’s RX 460 graphics card now has a price tag of US$99 (about RM413) which is US$11 (around RM46) less compared to its previous retail price. Do bear in mind however, that this reduction in price only applies to the 2GB variant of the Radeon RX 460.
Meanwhile, the Radeon RX 470 will have a new suggested retail price of US$169 (approximately RM705) – a difference in price of merely US$10 (about RM42) from its initial launch price.
There are, however, two major problems with these price cuts. Firstly, despite the price reduction, the Radeon RX 470 – which can deemed as the competitor for Nvidia’s newest graphics cards – is still priced higher compared to the GTX 1050 Ti, which comes with a launch price of US$139 (about RM583). AMD knew this, of course, and as a rebuttal, the company stated that the RX 470 beats the GTX 1050 Ti on games most that run on all three major APIs: DirectX 11, DirectX 12, and Vulkan.
The second problem, and one that unfortunately will very likely affect us in Malaysia, is the fact that these price reductions may not be reflected in our country. One has to remember, AMD lists suggested retail prices for its graphics cards, so it’s up to distributors and retailers to adhere to those prices… or not.
Hopefully, we will get to see price reductions for both the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 in Malaysia, especially given how ‘expensive’ graphics cards are getting nowadays.