updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu May 15, 2014
Cryptocurrency inflation prices for Radeon cards die down, slight price drop in March model
AMD announced this week that supply of the R9 series Radeon cards has finally caught up to demand. The catch-up means that inflated prices will lower to match the original list prices, set by the company after cards were gobbled up to aid in cryptocurrency mining. One model of card, however -- the R9 280 -- will see a slight decrease in price, even though it was only released in March.
Anandtech reports that AMD is lowering the price of the R9 280 models to fit between the R9 280X and R9 270X. The Radeon R9 280 previously cost at $280, but will now come down to $250. The model's price will effectively split the difference between the upper- and lower-tier models, which are $300 and $200 respectively.
Cards from Sapphire and HIS are already appearing at the reduced price on Newegg, though a few others only sit $10 above the new suggested retail pricing. AMD tells Anandtech that it is expected to take a few days for the prices to trickle down to all manufacturers and vendors.
Even with the price drop, the R9 280 cards will still qualify for AMD's tiered gaming bundle system, which was updated in April to include games like Murdered: Souls Suspect, Thief and Tomb Raider. Purchasers of the R9 280s, which are listed at the bottom of the gold level, will be able to select three games as long as supply lasts.