Remember when the NVIDIA GTX 1080 launched and those absurd prices of $1100 and more came out? Thankfully, that's not the case anymore. If you want the current top of the line graphics card, you don't have to fork out over a thousand dollars. In fact, it'll only cost you $865.
The deal was first posted on Ozbargain and it's still running, so if you're in the market for a pre-Christmas PC upgrade it's well worth the look. The card on offer is the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080, which happens to be the very exact card in our resident benchmarking machine. (You can see how the card holds up across a range of games and benchmarks here — just scroll directly to the graphs.)
The card is being shipped from Auckland according to the Ebay listing, and it'll be delivered between the end of October and Friday, November 4. The most important part: shipping is free right now.
Being priced at $865 makes the card the cheapest available GTX 1080 to Australians. PLE Computers are selling Galax and Gainward models for $883 and $889, although the Gainward Phoenix model runs at slightly higher clock speeds than the Gigabyte G1 (1696 MHz/1835 MHz for the GIGABYTE, compared to 1747 MHz/1886 MHz for the Gainward Phoenix). If you want a like-for-like comparison, the cheapest Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080 from an Australian retailer is $999 from Umart.
If you're looking to save as much money as possible, the Ebay deal might be worth a look. The freeshippingtech Ebay store has a solid enough reputation. And it's also a reminder of just how far prices have fallen since those initial Founders Edition boards were released.
Food for thought. For those who have upgraded their PC over the last six months, what parts have you gotten and how has it turned out?