AMD’s Radeon HD 6800 series has been around for three weeks now. Despite being given a rude welcome by NVIDIA’s major price cuts, the availability of Radeon HD 6800 cards had been very impressive for high value sweet-spot product. Earlier this week, there were strong signs of price increases, and this is confirmed by Tech Report’s comprehensive availability survey. The Radeon HD 6850 seems to be most severely affected – with several vendors being out of stock. The median price has increased to $199 and only a single part is available at the original $179 SEP.

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AMD’s Radeon HD 6800 series has been around for three weeks now. Despite
being given a rude welcome by NVIDIA’s major price cuts, the
availability of Radeon HD 6800 cards had been very impressive for high
value sweet-spot product. Earlier this week, there were strong signs of
price increases, and this is confirmed by Tech Report’s comprehensive
availability survey. The Radeon HD 6850 seems to be most severely
affected – with several vendors being out of stock. The median price has
increased to $199 and only a single part is available at the original
$179 SEP.

The Radeon HD 6870’s availability is better, but prices have risen across the board. Only two parts are available at the $239 SEP and a majority are priced between $249 and $259.

Clearly, AMD is suffering from excess demand. Whether this is due to high demand, limited supply, or a combination of both, is unknown. Could it be due to the DrMOS shortages?

To make matters worse for AMD, GeForce prices are heading on the opposite direction – in steady decline. The GeForce GTX 470 is available for as low as $250. Many GeForce GTX 460 768MB parts are still available at $169, while the cheapest are as low as $159. Much of the overclocked 750-800 MHz GTX 460 1 GB are available in the $210-$220 range. The slightly overclocked Galaxy GTX 460 is now $189, and as low as $169 with rebates – a proper bargain. The best value is still the EVGA GTX 460 FTW, at $229, a card that trades blows with the now much more expensive HD 6870.

With Black Friday on the horizon, let’s hope AMD can bolster supply and balance the market prices. Till then, NVIDIA has the decisive upper hand in terms of price/performance in the mainstream performance market.

Reference: Tech Report