Releasing the fastest single graphics processor is an impressive feat, but it doesn't do anyone much good without actual products on store shelves. AMD's Radeon HD 5870 hit online listings this morning in conjunction with the launch. A look across North American e-tailers suggests it's not exactly flooding their stocks, though.
Looking through Newegg shows four Radeon HD 5870 variants from Asus, HIS, PowerColor, and Sapphire. All have the same list price, $380, but none are actually in stock. Similarly, searches at TigerDirect and ZipZoomFly dig up nothing but a handful of unavailable cards. Only NCIXUS breaks the mold, with one PowerColor card in stock for $387.10.
The situation seems a tad better north of the border, where NCIX has two cards ready to ship—the PowerColor and an XFX variant—for $450 CAD (around $420 USD). We'll have to see whether the tight availability persists in the coming days. Newegg, for one, says it expects to have more cards in stock early next week.
Update: Newegg has just started carrying an XFX Radeon HD 5870. The card is selling for $380 and in stock right now.