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AMD Radeon HD 7970: Launch-day pricing and availability

by Parm Mann on 9 January 2012, 14:58

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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AMD made the unusual decision of launching its first 28nm graphics card two days before Christmas, and though we found the card to blisteringly quick, the Radeon HD 7970 kinda got lost behind the tinsel and New Year's celebrations.

But in case you'd forgotten, today is the day that the world's fastest single-GPU graphics card arrives in stores ready for collection. If you've been saving up your Christmas money - or you've flogged 'lesser' presents in anticipation - here's a quick breakdown of Radeon HD 7970 pricing and availability at 2pm on day one:

Radeon HD 7970

retailer product availability price

ScanFX HD 7970 3GB In stock £479.75*
MSI HD 7970 3GB In stock £515.75*
Sapphire HD 7970 3GB In stock £527.75*
PowerColor HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £479.75*
XFX HD 7970 3GB DD Edition Thermal Pre-order £479.99*
Gigabyte HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £515.75*
XGX HD 7970 3GB Black Edition Pre-order £515.75*
XFX HD 7970 3GB Core Edition Pre-order £515.75*
ASUS HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £527.75*
XFX HD 7970 3GB Black Edition Thermal Pre-order £563.75*
ebuyer.com PowerColor HD 7970 3GB In stock £444.97
Sapphire HD 7970 3GB In stock £454.97
XFX HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £464.99
Gigabyte HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £479.99
ASUS HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £499.98
dabs.com Dabs Value HD 7970 3GB In stock £439.99
Gigabyte HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £439.99
XFX HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £439.99
ASUS HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £459.99
novatech.co.uk MSI HD 7970 3GB In stock £515.99
XFX HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £499.99
ASUS HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £529.99
overclockers.co.uk Club3D HD 7970 3GB In stock £461.99
VTX3D HD 7970 3GB In stock £467.99
PowerColor HD 7970 3GB In stock £479.99
HIS HD 7970 3GB In stock £485.99
Sapphire HD 7970 3GB In stock £491.99
XFX HD 7970 3GB In stock £499.99
Gigabyte HD 7970 3GB In stock £515.99
OcUK HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £419.99
MSI HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £515.99
XFX HD 7970 3GB Black Edition Pre-order £559.99
ASUS HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £559.99
OcUK H20 HD 7970 3GB Pre-order £639.95

*UK-based HEXUS community members are eligible for free delivery and priority customer service through the SCAN.care@HEXUS forum.

In last year's review (sounds weird saying that about a brand-new card, doesn't it?) we suggested that consumers may want to wait until the price drops after the initial launch-day mayhem subsides.

That recommendation still stands, as day-one pricing appears to be edging higher by the minute. When we started collecting pricing information, ebuyer.com's cheapest option was the PowerColor HD 7970 at a cost of £416.67. A launch-day bargain, we thought, but the cost of the in-stock card has since been bumped up by almost seven per cent to £444.97, which is more in line with the other retailers.

Shop around and you'll find that AMD's latest-greatest is available at reasonable price points; the OCuK HD 7970 3GB card available from overclockers.co.uk £420 is the cheapest option, but stock of that particular model isn't expected until January 27.

Elsewhere, there a wide range of partner cards to choose from, with readily available, but pricing varies wildly - despite the fact that most of the above-listed cards are based on the same reference design.



HEXUS Forums :: 22 Comments

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The UK prices are insane!

I can get a XFX HD7970 with a lifetime warranty that allows you to remove the HSF for £350 in the states.
Jigger,
But how much will you pay on import tax and stuff if you were to try and order it though :p
ebuyer current prices and stock are:

http://www.ebuyer.com/338366-powercolor-hd-7970-3gb-gddr5-dvi-hdmi-dual-mini-displayport-pci-e-graphics-ax7970-3gbd5-m2dhg

powercolor - £444.99 - a change of +0.02p

all other prices are consistant ;

cat-the-fifth do you have an SS thats suggests otherwise?
HalloweenJack
ebuyer current prices and stock are:

http://www.ebuyer.com/338366-powercolor-hd-7970-3gb-gddr5-dvi-hdmi-dual-mini-displayport-pci-e-graphics-ax7970-3gbd5-m2dhg

powercolor - £444.99 - a change of +0.02p

all other prices are consistant ;

cat-the-fifth do you have an SS thats suggests otherwise?

The same card was around £416 at the beginning of the day according to Hexus.
20% if you really feel the need to declare :p

Even then it's only £420 with a lifetime modders warranty.