Radeon HD 7970 is widely available, slightly marked up

A little over a month after its launch, AMD's Radeon HD 7970 graphics card appears to be easy to come by in both the U.S. and Canada. However, most variants of the card sell for more than AMD's $549 recommended price. Those are the findings from our latest availability check, in which we browsed online listings and ran them through Excel to get a feel for general availability and pricing.

We searched for cards at Newegg, TigerDirect, and Amazon in the United States, since those are all large retailers with sizable stocks, and other, smaller vendors seem to be slipping behind. North of the border, we looked 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 account for mail-in rebates. Oh, and items listed on Amazon but not sold by Amazon itself are denoted with an asterisk.

  Price (US$) Price (CA$)
Model Newegg Amazon TigerDirect NCIX.com
Asus HD7970-3GD5-3DI2S $559.99 $624.00   $599.99
Diamond 7970PE53G   $549.99    
Gigabyte GV-R797D5-3GD-B $549.99     $559.99
Gigabyte GV-R797OC-3GD       $599.99
HIS H797F3G2M   $599.14 $579.99 $579.99
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5 $579.99   $579.99  
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5       $599.99
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5/OC $599.99      
NCIXPC AMD-ATI-RADEON-7970-3GB       $587.98
PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-M2DHG $549.99     $569.99
Sapphire 21197-00-40G $559.99 $559.99   $599.99
VisionTek 900491 $549.99 $549.99    
XFX FX-797A-TDBC $599.99      
XFX FX-797A-TNBC   $608.86    
XFX FX-797A-TNFC $559.99 $679.99*   $574.99
Lowest $549.99 $559.99
Median $569.99 $587.98

Only one card that's in stock sells for $549.99. The rest typically cost $20 more, with some selling for $600 and up. To its credit, NCIX's Canadian operation doesn't charge much more than U.S. e-tailers—less in some cases, actually.

Considering the Radeon HD 7970 is a high-end offering based on a completely new fab process, current availability and pricing could be a whole lot worse. AMD's real test will come when cheaper derivatives of the 7970 arrive. We'll be on the lookout then, as well.

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