We are approaching nearly a quarter of Radeon HD 5800 series’ release, and availability has been dreadful thus far. A combination of TSMC’s yield problems and no competition/excess demand has meant availability for Radeon HD 5800 products have been extremely scarce.

It has taken nearly 3 months, but finally, Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 cards are starting to appear in E-tail.

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We are approaching nearly a quarter of Radeon HD 5800 series’ release,
and availability has been dreadful thus far. A combination of TSMC’s
yield problems and no competition/excess demand has meant availability
for Radeon HD 5800 products have been extremely scarce.

It has taken nearly 3 months, but finally, Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 cards are starting to appear in E-tail.

TechReport have compiled an availability report which suggests both HD 5850 and HD 5870 are available and in stock in multiple variants. The cheapest HD 5850 is selling for $305 and $309-$314 seems to be the common price at Newegg. At Tigerdirect and ZipZoomFly, the cards are less easily available/more expensive at approximately $319. The launch price of the HD 5850 was $259. Today, the HD 5850 sells for over $50 more, but the important thing is it is finally available. Also, the closest competitor is the GTX 285, which is hard to come by and will cost you a minimum of $350. Even at $319, the HD 5850 remains a bargain.

It is a similar story with HD 5870. Released at $379, most HD 5870s are available today in the $419-429 range. The best deal we could find was an Asus HD 5870 at Newegg going for $399. With the GTX 295 virtually unavailable, the HD 5870 is again without competition.

Unfortunately, the HD 5970 is still suffering from poor availability, though we can expect more HD 5970s to appear soon. After all, it shares the same GPU with the HD 5800 series. Once again, we can expect prices slightly above the $599 release price.

The HD 5700 series continues to be widely available, albeit at slightly higher prices than at release.

Reference: TechReport