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Why such a delay on GTX 680's

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April 25, 2012 5:01:38 PM

I was wondering why there has been such a delay with the Kepler video cards? The first Keplers, the GTX 680 was offically released March 22nd. Since then there have pretty much been none in stock. Every once in awhile a few might come in stock but they sell out in a few hours. This whole thing seems like a disaster for Nvidia. First they release their video cards three months after AMD then once they finally release them they can't even keep them in stock. Meanwhile there are plenty of AMD high-end video cards in stock and they're selling just fine. So like I said why such a huge delay? We're going into May and there still aren't any decent supply of GTX 680's.

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April 25, 2012 5:10:27 PM

Well when they first came out (not anymore) they were cheaper and slightly powerful than AMDs offerings, making them by far the best choice for a high-end GPU, which in turn made them overly popular. Nvidia didn't stock enough to meet the demand.

Since then AMD has dropped their prices, so except the GTX 680s to get in stock and stay in stock more and more as the next few weeks progress.
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April 25, 2012 5:58:29 PM

Helltech said:
Well when they first came out (not anymore) they were cheaper and slightly powerful than AMDs offerings, making them by far the best choice for a high-end GPU, which in turn made them overly popular. Nvidia didn't stock enough to meet the demand.

Since then AMD has dropped their prices, so except the GTX 680s to get in stock and stay in stock more and more as the next few weeks progress.


I hope so I want to get atleast one but really I would like to do an SLI setup. I was wondering if Nvidia had was having trouble fabbing the new GPU's and thats why they can't keep them in stock.
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April 25, 2012 8:49:59 PM

Helltech said:
Well when they first came out (not anymore) they were cheaper and slightly powerful than AMDs offerings, making them by far the best choice for a high-end GPU, which in turn made them overly popular. Nvidia didn't stock enough to meet the demand.

Since then AMD has dropped their prices, so except the GTX 680s to get in stock and stay in stock more and more as the next few weeks progress.

And yet, when the 7970 was released the wasn't even a 680 for competition and the stock problem wasn't nearly as bad as this is.

My guess is Nvidia kept a lot of the GK104's to be used for the 690 which is rumored to release in the next few weeks. I can't think of any other reason, unless they rushed the launch that much and weren't really prepared for a full on release.
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April 25, 2012 11:07:18 PM

Well they're just hurting themselves. Like I said there are none to be found meanwhile AMD has more than enough in stock and are counting thier bills.
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April 25, 2012 11:12:57 PM

Both AMD and nVidia are having production problems from TSMC. The 28nm process is incredibly inefficient right now.
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April 25, 2012 11:25:41 PM

It sure doesn't seem like it. Looking at Newegg and Tiger Direct both have 7970's, 7950's and 7850's in stock. Nvidia had one model of an overclocked EVGA 680 in stock a few hours ago now it's out of stock again. They must get one GTX 680 in every few weeks, that's what it seems like.
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April 25, 2012 11:27:49 PM

That's because they were released early and more stock was sent out. That's the reason the 680's pop up in small batches, chips aren't being made very fast.
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April 25, 2012 11:28:26 PM

The AMD cards have been in production longer than the 680's have though. Plenty of time to amass a bit of stock on AMD's end.
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April 25, 2012 11:32:16 PM

gary1 said:
That's because they were released early and more stock was sent out. That's the reason the 680's pop up in small batches, chips aren't being made very fast.


O I didn't think of that. Did AMD have trouble with stock though? It seems like since they have been released they have always have had a steady stock of cards at most major sites.
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April 25, 2012 11:35:06 PM

TSMC has been having problems for a while now. But they still got a couple months of headstart on nVidia, so they had plenty when the 680 came out.
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April 25, 2012 11:36:56 PM

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