Just the other day when the naming scheme for the new Nvidia Fermi cards was announced, we speculated that supply would be very low at launch. As such prices could be high. Now we’re hearing that is likely the case. Sources in the graphics manufacturing market have indicated that the new GTX 470 and 480 will be in very short supply at launch. In fact, the cards may only be available through select companies close to Nvidia. This may mean that only companies that do not sell AMD parts will have access to the GF100 cores at launch.
As for price, Nvidia is said to be aiming for numbers well above AMD’s current line. The GTX 470 may retail for $499, and the GTX 480 could go for an eye-popping $680 at launch. For perspective, AMD’s Radeon HD 5970 dual GPU card tops out at only $599 MSRP.
The real bummer here is that high priced Nvidia cards would probably give AMD no reason to cut prices. Even if the Fermi cards are substantially faster, very few people will be dropping almost $700 on a GPU. Sure, these are new flagship parts, but is the price justified? If you’ve been waiting for Fermi, are you still in? Is it better to go AMD, or wait for lower end Fermi cards?