Here is a something I have been thinking about for some time now. If any of you have been trying to purchase a 6800 card in the past month or so its been very hard to get one since 90% of the companies who sell the Nvidias Vid cards dont have any in stock and If they do they have a raffle to see who will be picked in order to buy the card. Well I started to think about this. As in past top line cards that Nvidia came out with. Sure the first few months that it came out with it was kind of hard to get but not as hard as it is now. Even with ATI competing really close with Nvidia It still seems rather strange the lack of supply.
So I thought about if I was Nvidia and I want to maximize my profit margin why not tell the board manufactures to only put a small leak in the dam to drip a few boards out to seem like we are competing at the moment to give the illusion of this great demand to get the most profit out of the gamers and when Doom 3 comes out ride the wave and flood the market with the cards (since the 6800 is the DOOM card of choice well recommend by eVGA - http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?Part_Number=256-A8-N345-AX)I will be very curious to see if my theory is right. I will be looking between Aug 1st 15th to see if there is a jump in the card stock.
What are your thoughts? Is this paranoia with a dash of misconception or this the reality of the new video card market? :shrug: