Even though the suggested retail price should be $499, in Europe it sells for an estimated 550. In most of the shops that is the minimal price, but in a few cases you can buy it for a few Euros less. At the current exchange rate that's $740. It costs a fortune and people want to buy it but still can hardly find any of these cards. Someone is earning a fortune because of the exchange rate and I am sure that Nvidia is eating a piece of weak dollar cake as it exports quite a lot of these cards.
The Overclocking store in UK has only one Gainward 6800 Ultra version available while all the other cards should arrive in December. The MSI card is due to arrive in January 2005.
The situation is hardly better in the rest of Europe. We checked some German and Austrian shops and we learned that only one out of a hundred stores we checked had them in stock. We were seeking for 25 Geforce 6800 Ultra variation and you can see for yourself here that we found one variation available.
We checked with one of the shops and we learned that the shop had sixteen cards pre-ordered and that it ordered thirty cards from Asus quite some time ago. There is the demand especially now in the pre-Yule time but Nvidia obviously cannot get enough of those cards.
The first week of December is gone and let's hope that Nvidia will manage to push some more of theee cards into retail/etail before Yule, otherwise it won't earn as much money as it would like.
Each time we asked Nvidia about 6800 Ultra availability, company representatives always told us that Nvidia is shipping a lot of them but you cannot see that in e-tail, can you?
We will update you if Nvidia decides to say anything. µ
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