If you are shopping for a <$250 video card you may have found your plans frustrated.  Both the 8800GT and the HD3870 disappeared within hours of their release and there has been no sign of them at all.  The Tech Report can comment on why the AMD cards are so rare, although we still don’t know what nVIDIA’s problem is … maybe retailers are snubbing them by continuing to sell GTS models?  Follow the link to see what has been holding AMD back.

“Now is a frustrating time to be in the market for a new graphics card. Nvidia and AMD both launched very attractive sub-$250 products this month–the GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 3870–but both cards flew off store and e-tail shelves within hours of their respective launches, and they have been scarce ever since.

The Radeon HD 3870’s scarceness isn’t due to low supplies of the RV670 graphics processor, TR has learned. Instead, an industry source tells us the cards are hard to come by because of a supply problem with Radeon HD 3870 boards stemming from…”

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