Given NVIDIA's initial claims and then the real-world benchmarks that have started to appear, it's no surprise that PC gamers are slightly hyped for the launch of the GPU giant's latest and greatest silicon.
But the GeForce GTX 1080 — since the much-more affordable GTX 1070 isn't on sale yet — still costs a lot. Not that it's stopped anyone.
If you haven't come across the Now In Stock tracker yet, it's a pretty handy tool for monitoring online retailers. It's not hugely useful for Australian vendors, given that it's largely only handy for following major international brands.
But it does help give an indication of interest. And in this case, interest in the GTX 1080 is ... well, rabid.
If you need a little help parsing all those numbers and product models, here's the skinny. Pre-orders for EVGA's first GTX 1080 model went live on Amazon at 12:39 PM EST on May 20. They were sold out six minutes later.
ZOTAC doesn't have the same level of brand reputation as EVGA, so understandably their stock lasted a little longer. Literally a little longer — pre-orders for their GTX board lasted 12 minutes.
Australian pre-orders for the GTX 1080 will go on sale at the end of this week, following what vendors and retailers told me. Given Australians' penchant to spend big on top-of-the-line PC parts, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Out Of Stock notices within hours come Friday.