Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680 is hard to find online


— 5:58 PM on March 28, 2012

The new flagship in Nvidia's graphics processor family came out last week, but you wouldn't know it from scouring at e-tail listings around the web. In a cursory look around major online retailers in the U.S. and Canada today, we found few GeForce GTX 680 variants listed and none stocked by the vendors themselves. AMD's competing Radeon HD 7970, by contrast, appears to be in plentiful supply.

We checked availability by seeking out cards at Newegg, TigerDirect, and Amazon here in the States. Those are all large retailers with sizable stocks, and other, smaller vendors seem to be slipping behind. North of the border, we looked at NCIX. The cards we found are listed below with available models highlighted in green. All prices are in U.S. dollars except for NCIX's, which are in Canadian dollars. We didn't account for mail-in rebates. Oh, and items listed on Amazon but not sold by Amazon itself are denoted with an asterisk.

  Price (U.S.) Price (CAD)
Model Newegg Amazon TigerDirect NCIX.com
Asus GTX680-2GD5 $499.99 $659.80*   $524.99
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR $499.99 $670.00*   $509.99
Galaxy 68NPH6DV5ZGX $499.99 $649.95 $499.99 $509.99
Gigabyte GV-N680D5-2GD-B $524.99     $519.99
MSI N680GTX-PM2D2GD5 $499.99     $509.99
NCIXPC NV-GTX680-2GB       $525.98
PNY VCGGTX680XPB $529.99     $529.99
Zotac ZT-60101-10P $499.99     $509.99
Lowest $499.99 $509.99
Median $499.99 $514.99

For reference, here are the listings for AMD's Radeon HD 7970:

  Price (U.S.) Price (CAD)
Model Newegg Amazon TigerDirect NCIX.com
Asus HD7970-3GD5   $559.99   $599.99
Asus HD7970-DC2-3GD5       $609.99
Asus HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 $579.99 $629.99*   $619.99
Diamond 7970PE53G   $559.99    
Gigabyte GV-R797D5-3GD-B $549.99      
Gigabyte GV-R797OC-3GD $594.99 $594.99 $609.99 $579.99
HIS H797F3G2M $549.99 $549.99 $579.99 $579.99
MSI R7970 Lightning $599.99 $619.99    
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5 $579.99 $579.99 $579.99 $569.99
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC $589.99 $613.88* $604.99 $589.99
PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV2 $549.99      
PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV3 $549.99     $559.99
PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-M2DHG $559.99      
PowerColor LCS AX7970 3GBD5-W2DH $799.99      
Sapphire 11197-01-40G $579.99 $579.99 $599.99 $599.00
Sapphire 21197-00-40G $549.99 $609.77* $559.99 $579.99
VisionTek 900491 $549.99 $549.99 $559.99 $559.99
XFX Double D FX-797A-TDBC $599.99 $599.99 $599.99  
XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC $569.99 $579.99   $549.99
XFX FX-797A-TNBC $579.99 $579.99   $579.99
XFX FX-797A-TNFC $549.99 $549.99 $559.99 $574.99
Lowest $549.99 $549.99
Median $579.99 $579.99

To be fair, the Radeon has been out far longer than the GeForce. (It actually launched in December of last year.) Nevertheless, with even Newegg's shelves bare, it appears the supply of GTX 680 cards is extremely tight right now. The only models we could find in stock were at small Amazon Marketplace sellers, and those were all heavily marked up—to $650 and beyond.

We'll keep an eye on availability over the next little while and keep you all updated.

   
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