Radeon HD 7700-series availability is spotty

Hoping to grab a Radeon HD 7700-series graphics card the day after launch? Well, we've got good news and bad news. The good news is that the 7770 and 7750 are both available at major U.S. e-tailers right now, and their prices aren't marked up. The bad news is that availability is spotty outside of Newegg. The Radeon HD 7750 is particularly hard to find.

We checked availability by seeking out cards at Newegg, TigerDirect, and Amazon here in the States. 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.

Here are the Radeon HD 7770 listings we found:

  Price (U.S.) Price (CAD)
Model Newegg Amazon TigerDirect NCIX.com
Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 $159.99      
Gigabyte GV-R777D5-1GD  $159.99      
Gigabyte GV-R777OC-1GD   $178.18   $159.99
HIS H777F1G2M   $179.32    
MSI ?   $200.64*    
MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC $159.99     $172.98
PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-2DH $159.99     $159.99
Sapphire 11201-00-20G $159.99 $189.55 $159.99 $159.99
Sapphire 11201-02-20G $169.99 $196.36    
Sapphire 11201-02-40G $179.99      
XFX FX-777A-ZDB4 $179.99     $179.99
XFX FX-777A-ZDF4 $169.99 $185.00 $169.99 $169.99
XFX FX-777A-ZNF4 $159.99   $159.99 $178.19
Lowest $159.99 $159.99
Median $169.99 $169.99

And here are the 7750 listings:

  Price (U.S.) Price (CAD)
Model Newegg Amazon TigerDirect NCIX.com
Asus HD7750-1GD5 $109.99      
Gigabyte GV-R775OC-1GI   $127.05    
HIS H775F1GD $109.99 $157.73    
Lowest $109.99 N/A
Median $118.52 N/A

Based on our findings, Newegg seems to have gotten the bulk of initial shipments. Amazon has not one card in stock. An unlabeled MSI Radeon HD 7770 is available through the Amazon Marketplace, but at $200.64, it's prohibitively expensive. Meanwhile, TigerDirect and NCIX each have all of three cards ready to go.

The Radeon HD 7750's availability situation is even more dire. Listings are hard to come by, and we only found a single model in stock. At least it wasn't marked up above AMD's suggested e-tail price.

As we said in our review, the Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 are both going to need price cuts before they become truly appealing. Right now, the Radeon HD 7770 is especially hard to recommend when the quicker Radeon HD 6850 can be nabbed for as little as $139.99. 7700-series prices will no doubt go down over time—and more cards will no doubt hit stores—but there's a lot of room for improvement right now.

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