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
$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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    • crabjokeman
    • 12 years ago

    People are actually buying these things? You might want to wait and see what ATI/AMD has to offer. I hear it’s pretty good and a lot less power-hungry. Oh, and it’s much cheaper as well.

      • SPOOFE
      • 12 years ago

      “I hear it’s pretty good and a lot less power-hungry. Oh, and it’s much cheaper as well.”

      That’s funny, I heard it wasn’t for sale. Hmm… what a choice… purchase something that is available, or purchase something that isn’t… hmm… what to do, what to do…

        • MadManOriginal
        • 12 years ago

        Wait a whole week? Big deal. I don’t advocate playing the waiting game when it means a months or more and the new hardware would be put to good use right away but waiting a week or two is a smart move in this case.

        • Voldenuit
        • 12 years ago

        Maybe not here. but they’ve been in sale in parts of Asia for a while, and from all indications, the performance is quite respectable, especially at their pricepoint.

        Makes forking out cash for the GTX280 and GTX260 completely unviable. Wait a week. Then decide. But don’t be surprised if nv has to start gouging pricecuts to stay competitive.

        Ah, competition. How nice to have it back in the GPU space at last.

        • ybf
        • 12 years ago

        and it runs slower

        never underestimate the premium-pricing power of performance

    • astraelraen
    • 12 years ago

    Did anyone notice that the 9800GX2 for 470 performs better than the GTX280 for 667?

      • gtoulouzas
      • 12 years ago

      I did. Even more hilariously (as long as you have an SLI compatible motherboard) two SLI’d 8800GTs *for 300* outperform the GTX280.

      This release is one big joke.

    • Forge
    • 12 years ago

    Also FWIW, the PNY linked below is at 650$ with a 50$ MIR. Mail-ins suck, but 6 Benjamins even isn’t bad when everyone else is starting at MSRP and moving *up*.


    • MattMojo
    • 12 years ago

    I’m waiting for this bad boy to be available — §[<http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgrgtx2801024h2ocwe.aspx<]§ -- to replace my BFG 8800 Ultras that are water cooled by danger den blocks. I absolutely love the ones I have and wouldn't hesitate for a minute to by from BFG again. Mojo

      • Forge
      • 12 years ago

      While you’re up, grab me just a regular one. I’ll be your friend.

        • MattMojo
        • 12 years ago

        Tell you what… I’ll give you a deal on my Ultras when I replace them….


    • Hdfisise
    • 12 years ago

    anyone else notice the average number? 😉

      • 2x4
      • 12 years ago

      666 satan rulezz

        • ew
        • 12 years ago

        I suspect Nvidia had to make a pact with the devil to be able to fab a chip that large.

    • Thresher
    • 12 years ago

    I don’t think availability is going to be a problem with this card. $667 is just too damn much to pay for a video card for most people.

      • Mystic-G
      • 12 years ago

      Yea, it’s hard to justfiy the price when you can buy the GX2 or two 9800GTXs for less.

      Unless you absolutely need that higher 3D Mark score I see no point. Unless Nvidia is awaiting for game developers to pull something out of their a** that makes this series better than the best somehow.

        • Dagwood
        • 12 years ago

        In most cases a pair of 9800/8800 will out perform a GTX280, but some sites give the advantage to the GTX280 in newer games.

        Probably more important is the results of two GTX 280’s outperforming 4 of any other card.

        The real pricing war should be between a GTX 260 and AMD’s 4870.

    • Jigar
    • 12 years ago

    I am not surprised… IMO, this things will not run out of stocks for now.

    I am sure people are waiting for the 48** series, if their performance will be not upto the mark, then the picture would be different.

      • 2x4
      • 12 years ago

      when is the 4xxx series due??

        • Jigar
        • 12 years ago

        25th June.

    • slaimus
    • 12 years ago

    The funny thing is, the Radeon 4850 has been in stock since last week, and it has not even launched yet.


      • derFunkenstein
      • 12 years ago

      pretty much every link I click says “out of stock” so those are probably pre-order pages

      • zaeric19
      • 12 years ago

      Look again, all of the sites on that page say the item is discontinued or out of stock.

      Edit: too slow 🙁

    • willyolio
    • 12 years ago

    NCIX has them in stock, but only in the warehouse, not in-store.

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