This would mark the end of a long wait that consumers have had to endure since the GTX 1080 and 1070 were announced early May.
Nvidia’s GTX 1080 is essentially the most powerful single GPU solution in the market and in its current state has a slew of buyers ranging from enthusiasts, PC Gamers and even researchers that wish to harness its potential in their own respective ways. The $599 behemoth is however, nowhere to be found with its Founders Edition variant which an MSRP of $699 being more prevalent after it was launched ahead of the base model even as AIB partners of Nvidia are expected to roll out solutions priced between $600 to $800 for what is the new king of the hill when it comes to GPUs.
With a general lack of supply for most large electronics and ecommerce giants even as department store such as Microcenter being out of stock, this has resulted in immense price gouging on an already expensive Founder’s Edition of the GTX 1080. Prices on Amazon for example range from as low as sub-$800 for the Zotac variant of the Founder’s Edition to as much as $900+ for Gigabyte, EVGA and Asus’s offerings in the same segment. EBay is no different with average prices well past $800 for the founder’s edition even as they continue to come down slowly.
With the top tier of AIB cards expected to be dominated by the likes of Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1080 Extreme Edition which comes in 2 different bundles, consumers seeking to spend less on an GTX 1080 would be hard pressed to find it under $650 in just about any store in the US. Newegg does indicate that it will have stock of the GTX 1080 in less than a week (June 14th) for various versions such as Gigabyte and MSI; More vendors are expected to follow suit. Despite this, it may be well over a month before supplies normalize for the GTX 1080, possibly around the time the GTX 1070 and the RX480 are essentially available to consumers worldwide.