Availability check: Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260

AMD launched its Radeon HD 4870 graphics card this morning, delivering performance worthy of Nvidia's $399 GeForce GTX 260 for a hundred bucks less. Since both cards are supposed to be available today, we decided to check online retailer listings to see what's up.

As always, 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
HIS Hightech H487F512P $309.99 N/A N/A N/A
POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5-H $309.99 N/A N/A N/A
SAPPHIRE 100243L $309.99 N/A N/A N/A
Average $309.99 N/A N/A N/A
Overall average $309.99

Right now, Newegg is the only one of our four e-tailers with 4870s listed, and it has two models in stock—both of which it sells for $10 more than AMD's suggested retail price, we might add. We also checked stocks at other sites to see whether this scarceness was normal. Both NCIX and Mwave have cards listed for less than $299, but neither actually has them in stock. NCIX says it will receive stock in a couple of days, however.

With that said, let's have a look at availability for the GeForce GTX 260:

Model Newegg TigerDirect ZipZoomFly Buy.com
BFG BFGEGTX260896E N/A N/A $469.00 $399.99
BFG BFGEGTX260896OCE  N/A N/A $499.99 N/A
XFX GX260NADF9 N/A N/A $499.99 N/A
Average N/A N/A $489.66 $399.99
Overall average $444.83

None of these cards are actually available at the aforementioned stores. A look at NCIX and Mwave reveals that only the latter has a single listing, and no stock at either. To Mwave's credit, its lone GTX 260 is priced at the Nvidia-suggested $399.99.

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