In yet another sign that the GPU inventory crunch is really starting to be resolved, EVGA has started shelving its graphics card queuing system which is designed to help the average buyer (read: gamers) pick up a card. , instead of saying a bot or scalper.
EVGA introduced this system in October 2020 in order to ensure a fair shout out with their RTX 3000 graphics cards. Out of stock at the moment, prospective buyers could sign up in a queue to buy when stock arrived, and when notified that it was their turn, they had little time (eight hours) to complete the order.
In any case, the graphics card manufacturer no longer sees the need to keep the queuing scheme in place and is therefore starting to discontinue it – not all at once, mind you, but apparently on a per-year basis. model by model.
EVGA is starting with its FTW3 models, which have the most robust inventory levels, and as Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) reports, the tech site received a notification that the RTX 3080 FTW3 Gaming would no longer be in the GPU queue system, starting tomorrow (June 23).
If you get this email notification, of course there’s no need to panic – you can just head over to the EVGA store and buy the graphics card you’ve been looking for anyway, as the reason for dropping out of the queue is is that the company now has stock on hand.
It seems like a fair assumption that other models will be dropped from the queuing system, though EVGA hasn’t said much yet – and in the email Tom received, the company noted that the queuing scheme would remain in place for “high-demand products”. .
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This is yet another sign that the stock Nvidia RTX 3000 is catching up with some speed now, which is obviously good news for gamers looking to get an Ampere GPU. In fact, we’ve heard that Nvidia may even delay announcing its RTX 4000 graphics cards to give the stock RTX 3000 a chance to sell, potentially anticipating that there could be an uncompensated overstock, which wouldn’t be good if people start pausing their purchase ambitions to wait for next-gen GPUs (after seeing them revealed).
Of course, this is happening in a broader picture of GPU availability, with AMD graphics cards growing in number on shelves as well. The current cryptocurrency crash means miners are also trying to sell used GPUs (in a great hurry, with second-hand prices dropping positively on eBay) – and What if these cards sell (we’d be extremely cautious buying one, mind you, with all the miles it’s going to have on the proverbial clock), which will deflect sales from the new GPUs a little.
With better availability comes a better price, of course, or at least not stupidly inflated price tags, and sure enough, going through a very recent report, asking prices for graphics cards (in Europe) are pretty much below normal levels, which means the Manufacturer Recommended Price (MSRP). In fact, AMD RX 6000 GPUs are now 92% of their MSRP on average, so now a much smaller chunk, but Nvidia’s RTX 3000 offerings are holding up just above the MSRP (102%).
Why Nvidia Prices Decline More Slowly? It appears to be a simple matter of higher demand for RTX 3000 GPUs, something you can clearly see when you look at, say, Newegg’s best-selling graphics card list, where Team Green’s products fill the gap. entire top 30. The situation has been this way for some time, although never before to such an extent…
The real choice gamers must make now is to wait longer for prices to drop further, which seems quite likely to happen given all the pressures in the market right now and the proximity of high-end GPUs (which should start from September going through the most likely predictions of the rumor).