Availability check: Radeon HD 5850 remains scarce, now pricier

Three weeks have passed since we last probed the availability of AMD's new Radeon HD 5850. How have things progressed since then? They pretty much haven't, judging by our latest look at online retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

Just like last time, we limited our search to Newegg, TigerDirect, ZipZoomFly, and Buy.com in the United States, because those are the four computer hardware e-tailers with the most reviews on both our price search engine and ResellerRatings.com. We probed availability and pricing north of the border by looking at NCIX.

The cards we found are listed below with available models highlighted in green. All prices are in U.S. dollars except for NCIX's, which are in Canadian dollars. We didn't factor mail-in rebates into our prices.

  Price Price (CA)
Model Newegg TigerDirect ZipZoomFly Buy.com NCIX.com
ASUS EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5 $279.99 N/A N/A N/A $299.99
DIAMOND 5850PE51G $289.99 N/A $279.99 N/A $299.99
GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B N/A N/A $289.99 N/A $299.99
HIS H585F1GDG N/A N/A $289.99 N/A N/A
MSI R5850-PM2D1G N/A N/A $289.99 N/A $297.00
POWERCOLOR AX5850 1GBD5-MDH $279.99 N/A N/A N/A $289.99
SAPPHIRE 100282SR N/A N/A N/A N/A $319.99
SAPPHIRE 21162-00-50R N/A N/A N/A N/A $319.99
VISIONTEK 900297 N/A N/A N/A N/A $299.99
XFX HD-585A-ZNFC $289.99 N/A $289.99 N/A $314.99
Average $284.99 N/A $287.99 N/A $304.19
Overall average $286.49  

Just like in our previous search, we found only a single model available in the U.S. and only one in Canada. However, the situation has worsened in another way: average prices have gone up from the AMD-recommended $260 to around $280-290 in the U.S. That increase has brought up the overall U.S. average from $266.82 on October 8 to $286.49 today. Prices have gone up slightly in Canada, too, although only by about four bucks.

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