Availability check: GeForce GTX 295 cards are hard to come by

Over a month since the launch of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 295, online retail availability in North America still leaves much to be desired. We only managed to find one model in stock across four major U.S. e-tailers after a search this morning.

In availability check tradition, we limited our search to Newegg, TigerDirect, ZipZoomFly, and Buy.com in the United States, since these are the four computer hardware e-tailers with the most reviews on both our price search engine and ResellerRatings.com. Also, we probed availability and pricing north of the border by looking at NCIX.

Here are our results. Prices for NCIX listings are all in Canadian dollars, and we highlighted available models in green:

  Price (U.S.) Price (CA)
Model Newegg TigerDirect ZipZoomFly Buy.com NCIX.com
ASUS ENGTX 295/2DI/1792MD3 N/A N/A $519.99 N/A $679.99
BFG Tech BFGEGTX2951792E $499.99 $529.99 $508.99 $499.99 $666.12
EVGA 017-P3-1291-AR N/A N/A $498.99 $499.99 $659.99
EVGA 017-P3-1293-AR N/A N/A $510.00 $518.99 $689.99
MSI N295GTX-M2D1792 N/A N/A $499.00 $528.99 $659.99
NCIXPC NV-GTX295-1792MB N/A N/A N/A N/A $669.99
PNY VCGGTX295XPB N/A N/A N/A $499.99 $688.84
XFX GX295NHHFF N/A N/A $499.99 $499.99 $659.99
Average $499.99 $529.99 $506.16 $507.99 $671.86
U.S. average $511.03  

The pickings are especially slim at TigerDirect and Newegg, which both list only a single BFG GeForce GTX 295 (TigerDirect being the only U.S. e-tailer we found with a card in stock). Up in Canada, NCIX only has its own "NCIXPC" variant available, and its shortest quoted lead times for other models are 5-10 days. Newegg, ZipZoomFly, or Buy.com don't seem to quote lead times at all.

Meanwhile, AMD's current top-of-the-line dual-GPU card, the Radeon HD 4870 X2, seems to be downright plentiful: we can see 10 models in stock at Newegg right now, including one refurb. Newegg sells these cards for as little as $414, which is almost 100 bucks cheaper than the GTX 295. To Nvidia's credit, though, the GeForce does have a notable performance lead.

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