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Despite the 17K amp card replenishment, gamers lined up at Best Buy and returned empty-handed

It’s been almost a year since NVIDIA launched Ampere GPU GeForce RTX 3080, Things did not go according to plan. Normally, we expect that new GPUs will be sold out quickly in the first few months, and then in short supply, you start to often see graphics cards in stock and wait on store shelves. RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series-and any other products worth mentioning Best graphics card Lists — continue to sell out quickly. Today, August 26, Best Buy has 17,000 Nvidia GPUs Sold in different locations across the U.S.

I ran to my local store in a location in Fort Collins, Colorado, just to check the scene and see how many people were waiting for the new GPU. The answer is: far more than the available cards.

The picture here is a remnant of the crowd, with no hope of catching the worm. Someone told me that people started queuing as early as 11 o’clock yesterday morning, and many people camped out overnight. At 7:30 in the morning, Best Buy employees went offline, asked people what card they wanted, and gave them a photo of the card in question—assuming the card was still available. All in all, the Fort Collins store received 120 RTX 30 series GPUs, with all Founders Edition models ranging from RTX 3090 to RTX 3060 Ti. There were about 200 people in the queue, and many left disappointed.

Lucky people enter the store from 8 am to get their hard-earned reward: RTX 30 series cards sold at Nvidia’s suggested retail price.I think many people will eventually flip these cards on eBay to get a good profit because our GPU price index Shows that the average price of 3090 is still higher than $2,250. But of course, most people are more interested in less extreme, more affordable cards.

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By 10 o’clock in the morning, there were five unclaimed cards on the shelf. They either changed their hearts or didn’t show up at all. Yes, I know: Who queued for a few hours, maybe overnight, and then decided not to buy the part they had tickets to buy? (Answer: People who only want RTX 3080 are most likely.) There may be 30 people in the queue, but another 100 or more people are too late to wait.The staff told us that there are two RTX 3060 Titanium Card, one RTX 3080 Titanium, And two Tencent 3090 Card. The last three cards make sense, but the 3060 Ti is a bit surprising.

In our test, you can check our GPU benchmark Hierarchical structure, it is almost as fast as RTX 3070 and beats the previous generation RTX 2080 Super A few percent. More importantly, it sells for only $400. By the way, the current average selling price of RTX 3060 Ti on eBay is about $930, which is more than twice the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. In the worst case, someone can buy the card, and then immediately turn around and sell it for a substantial profit.It’s not that we encourage people to do this, but it’s surprising any The GPU is still waiting for those who are late.

Interestingly, the person at the top actually managed to get an RTX 3080 Ti early in the morning, but he had a serious buyer self-blame case. (Note: no one is willing to provide me with a name and choose to remain anonymous.) This is not surprising given the asking price of $1,200. He is waiting to change the card to RTX 3060 Ti, which means that others in the line can buy 3080 Ti. The fifth person waiting for the 10 am deadline said he thinks he will get RTX 3090 because these two cards are likely to be the last. It may be the fastest GPU on the planet, but $1,500 is still a bitter pill. When I asked him if he planned to mine with this card, he said no, but he was not sure if he would really keep it for a long time. This is the market we live in now.

The last person I talked to managed to obtain one of the remaining RTX 3060 Ti cards, and he told a story that has become very familiar over the past year. For more than a year, he has been planning a new build, hoping to replace his old computer with something more powerful, but the shortage keeps him waiting. However, luck smiles at him today. The new GPU should work well with the Core i5-11600K version he has been using for the past month. While he is waiting for the GPU, he is playing StarCraft on Intel’s integrated Xe graphics card. “Because of this It means that all integrated graphics can handle it.”

I hope we can say that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but it may even take six months or more for the supply of new GPUs to meet demand. Maybe some Best Buy locations did not sell out so quickly, but compared to the millions of PC gamers who are clearly still waiting to upgrade, 17,000 cards are just a drop in the bucket.The lesson here is that if you real Want a new graphics card and heard that there was another big drop somewhere, set up the tent and plan to spend the night. Otherwise, the only other option is to pay excessively high scalper prices.

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