ATI pricing, availability claims revisited

— 1:53 PM on March 27, 2006

Coinciding with the launch of the Radeon X1800 GTO earlier this month, ATI unveiled a chart detailing availability and pricing information for new Radeon X1800 and X1900 graphics cards. At the time, a cursory look through our price search engine revealed the chart to be far from accurate: the X1800 cards suffered from limited availability and high pricing, and the X1900 cards were still marked up significantly higher than ATI's listed prices. Over two weeks have passed since our first examination, so we decided to have another look to see if ATI has finally delivered on its claims. Here's the chart for reference:

Despite ATI claiming availability weeks ago, the Radeon X1800 XL 512MB is still nowhere to be found. The X1800 XT 256MB also seems to be in short supply; we could only find this $399.99 Gigabyte version, and a $299 Sapphire OEM model, both available only from Newegg. As for the X1800 CrossFire Edition, it's at least $453, with many stores charging $499 or more. ATI does seem to have come through on the X1900 line, however. The X1900 XT, X1900 XTX and X1900 CrossFire Edition are available at $434, $489, and $526, respectively—quite a bit below ATI's estimated selling prices. As expected, the X1800 GTO is still unavailable. ATI did list a March 31 shipping date, and although we were able to spot one of the cards on Allstarshop, it isn't clear whether it's actually in stock.

Given what we were able to find for sale online, it looks like ATI still has some work to do with the X1800 line. The X1800XL 512MB is a particularly bad example, as it's still missing in action weeks after ATI said it was already available. This isn't to say the picture is entirely rosy on the NVIDIA side, however. The GeForce 7900 GT is nigh impossible to find at its suggested price of $299, and it seems to be frequently out of stock at stores like Newegg. At least the 7600 GT and 7900 GTX seem to be doing quite well. Both are available below their respective $199-229 and $499-649 suggested prices.

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