Availability check: Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260


— 1:06 PM on July 2, 2008

When we first checked the availability of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 260 and AMD's Radeon HD 4870 last week, we didn't find many models listed. The GTX 260 was especially scarce, with our search yielding no available models at all. We decided to have a second look today to see if the situation has improved.

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.

  Price
Model Newegg TigerDirect ZipZoomFly Buy.com
HIS Hightech H487F512P $309.99 N/A $299.99 N/A
Asus EAH4870HTDI512M N/A N/A N/A $309.99
DIAMOND 4870PE5512 $309.99 $309.99 $299.99 $305.99
POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5-H $309.99 N/A N/A N/A
SAPPHIRE 100243L $309.99 N/A N/A $309.99
VisionTek 900244 $309.99 $309.99 N/A $308.99
Average $309.99 $309.99 $299.99 $308.74
Overall average $307.18

On the AMD front, the Radeon HD 4870 definitely seems more plentiful than last time, and average pricing has dropped from $309.99 to $307.18.

  Price
Model Newegg TigerDirect ZipZoomFly Buy.com
BFG BFGEGTX260896E $379.99 N/A $399.99 $379.99
BFG BFGEGTX260896OCE  N/A $409.99 $399.99 N/A
EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR $389.99 $399.99 N/A N/A
EVGA 896-P3-1262-AR $399.99 $409.99 $389.99 $409.99
EVGA 896-P3-1264-AR $414.99 $419.99 $419.99 $419.99
EVGA 896-P3-1266-AR $449.99 $449.99 $449.99 N/A
GIGABYTE GV-N26-896H-B $399.99 N/A $389.99 N/A
PNY VCGGTX260XPB $379.99 $399.99 N/A $374.99
XFX GX260NADDU $405.99 $399.99 $425.00 N/A
XFX GX260NADF9 $379.99 $399.99 $389.99 $389.99
MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OC N/A N/A $399.99 N/A
ASUS ENGTX260/HTDP/896M  N/A N/A $449.99 N/A
Palit XNE/TX260+T394 N/A N/A N/A $420.99
Average $384.99 $404.99 $399.99 $379.99
Overall average $392.49

The most drastic change is on the Nvidia front, where the GeForce GTX 260 is now widely available at an average price almost $8 lower than Nvidia's suggested retail price.

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