GeForce GTX 1080 availability check: it’s made of unobtanium, sir

If you were hoping to get your gerbil paws on a Pascal GPU, you might need to keep hoping. That's the conclusion we've come to after scouring online stores for any sightings of the green team's latest production. As of 2:30 PM Central time, there is exactly one online store where you can buy a GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, and that's directly from Nvidia.

On a more positive note, all the listings for the card on Amazon, B&H Photo & Video, Best Buy, and Newegg show the suggested retail price of $699. Several sites offer auto-notify functions, too, including EVGA's own store.

Of course, there's always eBay, if you're willing to pay a $100-plus premium on top of the already-high Founders Edition price. "Buy It Now" listings at the time of writing are starting at $809.99, and eBay's metrics report that final sales are trending towards $899.99. Still, if you simply must have a GTX 1080 right now, that may be your only option—depending on how Nvidia's stock holds up.

It's no secret why the GTX 1080 is hard to come by: Pascal-based GeForces represent a generational leap in graphics efficiency. At this moment, the GTX 1080 is unmatched in single-GPU overall performance, not to mention per-dollar and per-watt. We're not sure what Nvidia's production capacity is like, but ravenous demand is surely to blame at least as much as any sort of supply problem.

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    • BaronMatrix
    • 3 years ago

    Good thing AMD didn’t release a flagship that couldn’t be bought… That may be why they demoed in Jan but aren’t launching until this month… This is a strictly VOLUME PLAY… Their margins should be MUCH higher than the console chips and APUs…

      • techguy
      • 3 years ago

      Margins @ $199-$249 are probably just a wee bit less than NV’s @ $379-$699, don’tcha think?

        • BaronMatrix
        • 3 years ago

        I said CONSOLE CHIPS AND APUS MORON…The Brood is still as pathetic as ever…

        And the chips is probably half the size of the current 390… HIGHER MARGINS…

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]Good thing AMD didn't release a flagship that couldn't be bought.[/quote<] Oh it's Baron. Nice to see that you've already done a self-lobotomy to pretend that the Fury-X never existed. [url<]https://techreport.com/news/28651/radeon-r9-fury-and-r9-fury-x-availability-check-nope[/url<]

        • BaronMatrix
        • 3 years ago

        It was a JOKE FOR THE BROOD… Meant to say that’s why they haven’t released Polaris yet… Are you guys blowing nVidia and Intel execs or what…?

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    BTW, Newegg has rotating availability of limited sets of parts that pop up and then go unavailable after selling out.

    • kuttan
    • 3 years ago

    Some popular tech sites Nvidia bias is terrible for the consumers.

    ” Below you will read what they think the reviewer [b<]Tom's Hardware US, Chris Angelini[/b<], the reference heat sink of Radeon R9 290x and GeForce 1080. [i<]Review of R9 290x : " You're free to manually specify Certainly higher maximum fan speeds than the 40% I used, but it's pretty telling That even AMD's Uber mode stops at 55%. Again, we're dealing with a reference cooler That makes a lot of noise once it gets going . " In Quiet Mode the fan produces 45.2 decibels. Review of the 1080 GTX : " It's a nice broad whooshing / airflow noise, and the fan's motor can never really be picked out. This is a lot better than the cheap axial fans That AMD used to put on its reference design s". The fan of GTX1080 produces 46.8 decibels.[/i<] [b<]According to Angelini, the 46,8db of GTX1080FE are less noisy of 45,2db of R9 290x.[/b<]" [url<]http://www.bitsandchips.it/9-hardware/7104-la-ventola-della-founder-edition-mette-in-cattiva-luce-la-gtx1080[/url<]

      • swaaye
      • 3 years ago

      I think it is possible for similar noise levels to be more/less irritating. I had a 290X for awhile and that card’s blower was quite annoying because it sounded like a hair dryer that was constantly changing speed while you game.

        • kuttan
        • 3 years ago

        Some Nvidia fans already started RMAing the GTX 1080 Founders Edition cards due to annoying fan noise on their cards.

        [url<]https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/938256/geforce-1000-series/gtx-1080-founders-edition-fan-issue-/1/[/url<]

          • Krogoth
          • 3 years ago

          Performance video cards and near-silence air-cooling at load rarely come together.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      I replaced a Radeon R9-290 with AMD’s noisy reference blower with a GeForce GTX980Ti with NVidia’s noisy reference blower. Neither card is quiet, but the volume and pitch of the R9-290 are noticeably more annoying. I spent a few hours tweaking all of the fan controllers on the card and motherboard to get the R9-290 to a good level. With the GTX980Ti, I’ve just accepted the default noise levels, which are tolerable, if not quiet.

      • Deanjo
      • 3 years ago

      James Earl Jones may be a bit louder, but he is more pleasant sounding than listening to Fran Drescher.

      • chlamchowder
      • 3 years ago

      “According to Angelini, the 46,8db of GTX1080FE are less noisy of 45,2db of R9 290x.” – whoever made that statement misread the Tom’s Hardware article.

      When Angelini complains about the 290x reference cooler making a lot of noise, it’s very clear that he’s referring to uber mode, or even manually setting speeds higher than the 55% used by uber mode. “That makes a lot of noise once it gets going” clearly refers to the previous two sentences that describe uber mode and manually setting higher fan speeds.

      From the Tom’s Hardware article, uber mode hits 51.2 dB(A). That’s higher than the GTX 1080’s 46.8 dB(A). There’s no bias there.

      As an aside, I’d hate to be a review writer for this reason. Someone misses the 290x article’s ‘noise’ page (where it clearly states “the cooler’s moderate stock setting and the GPU’s high target temperature make for a relatively quiet card”), cherry picks three sentences from the review, epic-fails at reading those three sentences in order, then makes an accusation of bias from it.

        • torquer
        • 3 years ago

        We live in a world where its not enough to just have facts and ideas to discuss. When you disagree with someone you have to at minimum claim bias and at maximum tear into their character. Its pervasive in everything – music, politics, art, technology, food, everything.

    • deinabog
    • 3 years ago

    Interestingly enough the Titan X is available at Nvidia’s web site for purchase as well B&H Photo (EVGA brand). It still costs $999 dollars but at least you can buy one (while they last).

    • neverthehero
    • 3 years ago

    Didn’t tech report back in the day have a chart about availability? First thing I thought of when I was looking at release dates of these cards.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Here’s one: [url<]http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/videocards/nvidia/gtx1080/[/url<]

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 3 years ago

        +1. Thanks.

      • MLN
      • 3 years ago

      Also try this one [url<]https://www.zoolert.com/computers/videocards/nvidia/gtx1080/[/url<]

    • iBend
    • 3 years ago

    AMD is too late to join the party

      • K-L-Waster
      • 3 years ago

      Depends — if it’s “people slathering over cards they can’t get their hands on” party, they’re right in it.

    • Klimax
    • 3 years ago

    Zotac FE is available in Czech Republic in one shop. Exact number is unknown, but it stated to be more then 3.

    Not that we received more then few given purchase power of people here…

    • kilkennycat
    • 3 years ago

    FYI: As of 11:25PM Pacific Time Friday 6/3, the GTX1080 Founder’s Edition was available FOR SALE @$699 plus shipping on [url<]http://www.evga.com[/url<].

    • Acidicheartburn
    • 3 years ago

    I was JUST at Microcenter today and they had 1080’s in stock at MSRP. I spoke to a salesman and he said Microcenter bought 35% of the world’s supply of 1080’s, so if you need one RIGHT now I’d look for a local Microcenter.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      35%!?!?!

      How did they buy 3.5 cards? 🙂

        • MpG
        • 3 years ago

        Don’t worry, it’s 4 full cards, but 0.5 of one card is accessed separately.

          • ronch
          • 3 years ago

          That’s some math.

      • questions84
      • 3 years ago

      Which Microcenter ? I live in Boston, the cambridge store is out of stock.

        • Acidicheartburn
        • 3 years ago

        This was the Microcenter in Minnesota. You can’t always trust their website to be accurate with their inventory. As I said below, the external drive bay I was there to buy was listed as out of stock on the website but when I got there, there were 4 of them sitting on the shelf.

        • Byte Storm
        • 3 years ago

        Damn! That’s my store too. 🙁

      • techguy
      • 3 years ago

      Nope. Literally just spent the last 15 minutes checking stock at every single store in the country 1 at a time. They have exactly 1 1080 in stock at a single store in New York. You know sometimes salesmen just say things, right?

        • Acidicheartburn
        • 3 years ago

        There was one on the shelf at the Minnesota store when I spoke to him, one in a customer’s hands, and the salesman (actually a manager I think) said he had more in the back. Microcenter’s in store inventory is actually pretty poorly represented on their website. The external drive bay I was there to buy was listed as out of stock on the website but when I got to the store there were four of them sitting on the shelf (I had backup choices btw, I didn’t show up expecting the store to have what they said was out of stock). There’s plenty of other items that are the same way at Microcenter (and this is a usual occurrence I might add).

          • techguy
          • 3 years ago

          I’ve been shopping at Micro Center for close to 15 years, in fact, at the very same store you mentioned. The online inventory system is very accurate, for the vast majority of items at most it is off by a single unit or two per item due to returns and exchanges. I have never experienced a situation where an item was claimed to be in stock and it was not, or vice versa. In my last job as a PC tech I was often sent to Micro Center to pickup parts, usually several times per week. I have dealt with every single salesman in that particular store on more than one occasion and there are some who really enjoy what they do and are very enthusiastic and helpful, and there are some who will say whatever to make a sale. I don’t know what the stock situation was with your drive enclosure, low price items stock tend not to be as accurate as high price items though.

            • Acidicheartburn
            • 3 years ago

            Not sure what I can say, other than offer more anecdotes. When I went to buy a computer case from them (Corsair 400r) the online stock said they had a few left, but there were none to be found. Lucky for me one of the salesman helping me search for the case just gave me a free upgrade to the 500r. I have been to and continue to visit Microcenter many times, and I just haven’t found their inventory system particularly infallible. All either of us can offer are anecdotes, and there’s no way to prove whether the guy I spoke to about the 1080 was full of it or not, but given that they had more than one 1080 in stock on my visit (in comparison to it being sold out pretty much everywhere else) I am inclined to believe the guy.

    • Bensam123
    • 3 years ago

    Newegg has the first non-Founders Edition up today. It’s a Gigabyte listed as ‘coming soon’. So they’re probably a week out if I had to guess. Week before 1070 launch? Sounds about right to min/max profits.

      • thereason8286
      • 3 years ago

      A week before 1070 launches don’t sound about right for min/maxing profits. That make people wait a week and just get the 1070…. ASAP would be good for min/maxing profits.

        • yogibbear
        • 3 years ago

        No, see they also need to sell the [s<]Founders[/s<]Suckers Edition cards. Before allowing the AIB partners to sell the custom boards.

          • Bensam123
          • 3 years ago

          And then the custom 1080s before the 1070 Founders launch as they’re the premium item and a 1070 is a better bang for your buck.

      • Bensam123
      • 3 years ago

      It’s now up to 9 models, two are unlisted, but there.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Sucks to be in the US I guess.

    Stocks are good in the UK, France and Germany – I have a choice of multiple models in stock from multiple vendors.

    Perhaps that’s because we’re all too poor to buy one though 😉

    • ebomb808
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve been trying to find non-FE editions since launch. EVGA website refreshes quite regularly with FE’s, as does Newegg and Amazon. The non-FE’s are unobtanium though some places are offering pre-orders. Gigabyte G1 cards were on sale today in Hong Kong and look to be the first non-FE cards that will come to market, otherwise, sadly, looks like mid June for everything else.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      Well that’s because Gigabyte are the only company to have launched their non-FE product. They were also the ONLY vendor to give any date for non-FE cards [i<]at all[/i<]. Most manufacturers haven't even given a date yet, so there's no point trying to find them as they're simply not on the market yet.

    • torquer
    • 3 years ago

    Much like the TR review.

    Too soon? :p

      • Techgoudy
      • 3 years ago

      Maaaaaaan that was too perfect.

      • Visigoth
      • 3 years ago

      ROLF! Now THAT is a good one! Hahahaha… 😀

      • jessterman21
      • 3 years ago

      oooh burn

      • Deanjo
      • 3 years ago

      Hey even Phoronix has their GTX-1080 review before TR.

      [url<]http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia-gtx-1080&num=1[/url<]

        • torquer
        • 3 years ago

        Good thing. A lot of folks on this site tell me Linux is the future of gaming.

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsqmU3v0hVA[/url<]

      • DrCR
      • 3 years ago

      You’re impressive.

    • CScottG
    • 3 years ago

    If you can buy it direct from Nvidia then it isn’t unobtanium.

    -besides, I’m sure this is just what the evil empire.. err, Nvidia intended. (..more direct cash without retailer’s biting into their early profits.)

    Being an early-adopter almost always sucks.

    EDIT: Oh please, more down votes – I’m trying for a record.

      • brucethemoose
      • 3 years ago

      I’m sure the retailers aren’t happy about it.

    • Firestarter
    • 3 years ago

    I’ll wait for the dust to settle before I rid myself of this awful 7950

      • biffzinker
      • 3 years ago

      At least it still manages to offer usable performance in it’s senior years through driver updates unlike another company that likes to participate in intentionally crippling it’s past GPUs with GameWorks or driver/optimization neglect.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        [url<]http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/70125-gtx-780-ti-vs-r9-290x-rematch.html[/url<] [quote<]Given its 3GB framebuffer and the fact that some newer titles are pushing up against a requirement of well over 3GB at 1440P, the performance results from Kepler’s flagship are actually quite impressive. We expected massive drop-offs in GTA V and a number of other titles since they tend to gobble up memory but that didn’t happen. There were very slight hits in some games where the 4GB cards were able to make up ground, which likely contributed to the small averaged drop-off seen above. As it stands, I couldn’t find any instance where the GTX 780 Ti exhibited debilitating performance problems. That includes newer games I’m currently playing that aren’t in the benchmarks like Trine 3 and the Call to Arms beta. All of the results were in line, if not better than expected given this card’s memory limitations and relative age. [/quote<]

          • YukaKun
          • 3 years ago

          You realize the 7950 and 7970 were not the competitors for the 780ti, right? They were launched with the 680. So, if you want to compare the 7950, then find a 670 instead.

          Cheers!

            • travbrad
            • 3 years ago

            That article/link is 780ti vs 290X, which were competitors. I guess Nvidia didn’t cripple that particular card yet?

            The closest thing I can find to what you are asking for are these anandtech GPU bench results from 2014 (7950 boost vs 670): [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1349?vs=1033[/url<] Again, not much difference between them. It's almost like you basically get what you pay for when buying graphics cards no matter which brand you choose.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 3 years ago

            The 780 is crippled. Several big games like doom and TW3 have the 960 beating it. There was also an article showing past drivers compared with current drivers, and it showed there was ZERO performance improvements with current drivers. That isn’t the case with the 7950, as it has consistently gotten driver optimization.

            Worst case scenario: Nvidia is sabotaging the 780.
            Best case scenario: Nvidia is not optimizing for the 780. You can even throw in one or two games for good measure, but that still doesn’t improve things on the games that haven’t gotten optimization.

            Either way, it has not aged well, and I don’t trust anything chuckie posts because it’s all cherry picked propaganda.

            • biffzinker
            • 3 years ago

            Wonder how much of the stripped down front-end design of their GPUs starting with Kepler and moved it to software (drivers) is responsible though?

        • Firestarter
        • 3 years ago

        yeah I know, it’s awful

        • biffzinker
        • 3 years ago

        Minor change/correction

        • mcnabney
        • 3 years ago

        I agree. My 7970 has had a much longer useful lifespan than I dreamed of when I bought it.

      • colinstu12
      • 3 years ago

      AMD 7950 or GeForce 7950? 😀

        • biffzinker
        • 3 years ago

        So which one would it be for the Geforce 7950? GeForce 7950 GX2 or the GeForce 7950 GT?

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 3 years ago

          I remember seeing that dusty thing at a PC Club before they shut down.

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 3 years ago

      That was one popular card during cryptocraze. Should have sold it for gold back then. 🙂

      • brucethemoose
      • 3 years ago

      Only because it’s defective.

      My 7950, on the other hand, still feels fine. I’m not even sure if I’ll jump on Vega/big Pascal when their prices get reasonable.

        • thereason8286
        • 3 years ago

        Word i’m still using my sapphire 7950 toxic or dual x or whatever it is. Don’t even remember which one i have. But its still working fine. And updated drivers have actually made it better.

        Patiently waiting for vega.

        All this graphics talk of late is getting me antsy to upgrade just cause. But i want to upgrade to a full zen and vega setup if possible.

        Currently running i7 2700k and and sapphire 7950. I really don’t think i need to upgrade but i just want to.

          • brucethemoose
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, with new drivers the 7950 has matured much better than, say, the 660 TI it used to compete with.

          • Pitabred
          • 3 years ago

          Similar boat here, I’ve got dual 280X’s (just renamed 7970GHz editions) that just aren’t quite cutting it with my 4K screen. The 1080 looks like a very viable upgrade to me, but I really don’t want to support the green team. I am really wanting to upgrade this fall though, so I really hope that AMD has some decent 4K single-card solutions by then. I’m not sure how much longer I can hold out, though.

          At least they just fixed the flickering issues with Crossfire for Fallout 4 😉

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      What! That’s my line. I’ll sue!

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Waiting for the lower-priced (and higher performance) versions is of course preferable.

    I’m thinking about an [url=http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-geforce-gtx-1080-gaming-x-8g-review,1.html<]MSI model that has been reviewed[/url<] myself.

      • BoilerGamer
      • 3 years ago

      Don’t get your hopes up, so far none of the AIBs reviewed could break teh 2.1Ghz wall set by FE . so You won’t get higher performance, just a card with higher base clocks, same OC ceiling and runs a bit quieter/cooler.

        • ikjadoon
        • 3 years ago

        It’s all volts, bro. It’s like trying to an overclock a CPU without being about to change the VCore. No amount of cooling will help, lmao.

          • BoilerGamer
          • 3 years ago

          Core automatically freeze at 1.25V, good luck cracking that without a custom bios.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Wow, that review was a steaming pile of garbage.

        • torquer
        • 3 years ago

        Guru3d used to be good. So did HardOCP. Not many left

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        I’m at work, so didn’t have time to read it. What stuck out?

          • floodo1
          • 3 years ago

          [i]”You will have noticed that MSI is to release a regular Gaming and then an X and a Gaming Z model. The regular Gaming model (no X or Z) will not have the backplate and configurable RGB LED light system and basic clock frequencies. Then there are the X models, these are released in the initial launch and come with a backplate and RGB system and are clocked a notch higher. Then the Z models will be the most high-end SKU, even more overclocked with all the benefits the X model has as well. So we test the X model, but there will be even faster clocked revisions. The Gaming Z gives you all the features of the Gaming X, but with higher clock speeds. ……… You will have noticed the X in the product name. MSI will offer two models here, a slightly lower clocked X version and then the Z version with high factory clocks as well as the inclusion of the back-plate.”[i]

          that is the start and end of a giant paragraph in the intro. Not sure why the end is completely redundant. Further redundancies on page 2:

          [i]”As board partners are allowed to release the 1080 model cards in their own configurations you will see many versions, mostly based on customized PCB/component and the obviously mandatory different cooling solutions. This is the X edition of the Gaming series, meaning it has high but not the highest clocks and a back-plate, “[i]

          i’m thinking that DPete27 was complaining about the quality of the writing in that review

            • End User
            • 3 years ago

            Lets focus on the writing and ignore the fact that the review has a GTX 1070 FE, a GTX 1080 FE, and the MSI GTX 1080 custom cooler card.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        I’m not calling it perfect but covering a large number of modern titles at multiple resolutions and including frametime charts and infrared imagery doesn’t seem to be a “steaming pile of garbage”.

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