For many would-be early adopters, trying to find a GTX 680 has been like trying to find a four-leaf clover; it can be done, but it takes some digging. (Hey, there's some EVGAs on Newegg right now!) Curious minds have wondered what the hold-up is. Manufacturing woes? Overbearing demand? We now have an idea. In a slide shown at an annual investors meeting, Nvidia claims that in the six weeks following the GTX 680's launch, it shipped and sold 60 percent more units than the GTX 580 did during its debut.
The keen-eyed folks at PC Perspective first noticed the error-filled and incredibly vague slide, which doesn't mention any actual numbers whatsoever. Nvidia confirmed with the publication that despite the odd "sold out" wording, the slide references total global shipments to distributors, including e-tailers like Newegg and boutique builders like Maingear and AVADirect, rather than actual sales to customers.
Basically, there are a lot more GTX 680s floating around than there were GTX 580s last generation. Then again, it's hard to make a definitive statement without definitive shipment numbers on the slide. Give us hard facts, dammit!