Watch for falling prices.
Over the past several weeks, AMD has been making a conscious effort to help its hardware partners work through any supply issues they may have been dealing with in regards to the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card. A company spokesman reached out to Maximum PC today to let us know those efforts have begun to "bear fruit," and indeed a quick peek at Newegg reveals one of the lowest prices we've seen for a 7970 GHz card.
The Sapphire Vapor-X HD 7970 GHz Edition is selling for $420 (plus $8 shipping), and you can knock another $20 off if you want to play the mail-in-rebate game. This is a fast card with a custom cooler attached, which Sapphire claims both cools better and runs quieter than AMD's reference design. The card is also eligible for AMD's Never Settle Reloaded and Level Up programs.
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics cards from other hardware partners range in price from $450 to $530, depending on the specific model and features. When they first debuted last summer, these graphics cards sold for $500 and up.
AMD tells us it's still working with its partners to improve supply, which it said is an "ongoing process." In the meantime, don't be surprised if prices continue to trend downward.