Radeon HD 7950 easy to find, but not at $449

A day after its launch, how easy is AMD's new Radeon HD 7950 to find across U.S. and Canadian e-tailers? Surprisingly easy, going by the results of our latest availability check. However, you might be disappointed to learn that almost none of the cards we found are selling for $449.99—the baseline price for vanilla 7950 variants.

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.

  Price (U.S.) Price (CAD)
Model Newegg Amazon TigerDirect NCIX.com
Asus HD7950-3GD5 $464.99      
Asus HD7950-DC2T-3GD5 $499.99      
Diamond 7950PE53G   $449.99    
Gigabyte GV-R795WF3-3GD $489.99     $479.99
HIS H795F3G2M $469.99     $479.99
MSI R7950-2PMD3GD5/OC $469.99     $479.99
PowerColor AX7950 3GBD5-2DH $469.99     $469.99
PowerColor PCS+ AX7950 3GBD5-2DHPP $489.99     $489.99
Sapphire 11196-00-40G $449.99 $479.99   $479.99
Sapphire 11196-02-40G $479.99 $499.99   $499.99
VisionTek 900492   $481.59    
XFX Double D Black Edition FX-795A-TDBC $499.99 $499.99 $499.99 $499.99
XFX Double D FX-795A-TDFC $479.99 $479.99 $479.99 $479.99
Lowest $449.99 $469.99
Median $479.99 $479.99

The only Radeon HD 7950 that's in stock and priced at $449.99 is Sapphire's 11196-00-40G, which can be found at Newegg. That card runs at stock speeds but features a third-party, single-fan cooler. A copy of DiRT 3 is included, and Newegg ships the card for free, so it looks like a pretty solid deal overall.

Venturing beyond that particular model, you're likely to be charged anywhere from $469.99 to $499.99 for a Radeon HD 7950. Of course, some of those pricier variants have higher-than-normal clock speeds (like this XFX model, which we featured in our review). We see a similar price distribution in Canada, although as far as we can tell, NCIX doesn't have any 7950s listed for $449.99. You're pretty much forced to spend at least $469.99 there.

Still, if the stocks at Newegg and NCIX are any indication, Radeon HD 7950 supply appears to be plentiful. That's good news. Here's hoping cheaper members of the Radeon HD 7000 series will be as easy to find when they come out.

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