Availability check: Nvidia's GeForce GTX 280

As we explained in our review, Nvidia's roadmap calls for the new GeForce GTX 280 to be available today starting at $649. In light of recent rumors about the GT200 graphics processor's "manufacturability," we were curious to see whether Nvidia's plan would indeed come to fruition, so we've hit online retail websites to see the state of things.

In what's now tradition for our availability checks, we limited our search to Newegg, TigerDirect, ZipZoomFly, and Buy.com. These are the four computer hardware e-tailers with the most reviews on both our price search engine and ResellerRatings.com, so they should be a good indication of general availability. We highlighted available models in green.

Model Newegg TigerDirect ZipZoomFly Buy.com
ASUS ENGTX280/HTDP/1G N/A N/A $649.00 N/A
BFG BFGEGTX2801024E N/A $649.99 $679.99 N/A
BFG BFGEGTX2801024OCE $659.99 $669.99 $699.00 N/A
EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR $649.99 $649.99 $649.99 N/A
EVGA 01G-P3-1282-AR $659.99 N/A N/A N/A
EVGA 01G-P3-1284-AR $669.99 $669.99 N/A N/A
EVGA 01G-P3-1286-AR $699.99 $699.99 N/A N/A
PNY VCGGTX280XPB $649.99 $649.99 N/A $649.99
XFX GX280NZDF9 $649.99 $649.99 $699.99 $679.99
Average $662.85 $662.85 $675.59 $664.99
Overall average $666.57

The GTX 280 release is clearly in full swing already. We can see nine different models listed and six of them actually available, with prices ranging from $649.99 for "vanilla" offerings to $699.99 for cards like eVGA's 01G-P3-1286-AR. That particular model runs its core at 670MHz instead of 602MHz and its memory at 1215MHz instead of 1107MHz, so performance should be comfortably above that of stock models.

Of course, not everybody has $650 to spend on a new graphics card. The cheaper GeForce GTX 260 will probably be quite a bit more popular, especially if it hits stores on June 26 at $399 as planned.

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