It looks like Nvidia's flagship, the ultra-premium GeForce RTX 3090, is already sold out on launch day. This reflects a situation that occurred about a week ago when the company's flagship GeForce RTX 3080 first became available.
Based on Nvidia's latest Ampere graphics architecture, the RTX 3090 card costs $ 1,499 and essentially replaces the Turing-based Titan RTX. It's the first time Nvidia has positioned its ultra-premium card in mainstream gaming systems. Nvidia boasts that the RTX 3090 supports 8K games at 60 fps.
Prospective buyers reported that retailers' inventory of the premium GPU sold out within minutes. At 6:05 a.m., the card was no longer in stock on the Nvidia website. Some users said the RTX 3090 was out of stock even before the release began.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Nvidia apologized in advance for the launch.
"Since we previously developed the GeForce RTX 3090 for a unique group of users like the TITAN RTX, we would like to apologize in advance for the limited availability of this on launch day," the company wrote. "We know this is frustrating and we're working with our partners to increase supply over the coming weeks."
Most mainstream systems used to be on the rise with the RTX 2080 Ti or RTX 2080 Super, but this year manufacturers like Acer and HP are bringing the card, which is more powerful than Nvidia's flagship RTX 3080, to rigs that gamers can order without it to have to turn to boutique PCs like Origin PC or Digital Storm. Nvidia's RTX 3090 has a triple-slot design. Recently published benchmarks suggest this card is 20% faster than the RTX 3080.
If you want to experience the performance of the RTX 3090 for yourself in your own rig, the situation may not be too bad. When the RTX 3080 sold out, Nvidia apologized for the popularity of its second generation ray tracing card, noting that it was "inundated with more than ten times the traffic of our previous generation." The company promised to increase the supply of cards weekly, and the increase in production could likely extend to the RTX 3090 as well. So be sure to check your preferred retailers for replenished inventory.
When the RTX 3080 went up for sale, unscrupulous bot scalpers overwhelmed Nvidia's ordering system, causing the website to stall and delete inventory. "While people using bots may have viewed images of email inboxes with confirmed orders, NVIDIA manually canceled hundreds of orders before they could ship," the company informed players who were angry that they were not grabbing a card could start day. Scalpers, benefiting from the RTX 3080's popularity, began selling the card on sites like eBay and Amazon for prices as high as $ 70,000 (although those high bids may be trolls who don't intend to get theirs Purchase to meet).
The company promised to change the ordering system in its online shop to prevent the incident from happening again. Given the pent-up demand for the RTX 3080 and the fact that you can buy a much more powerful RTX 3090 direct from Nvidia without paying absurd scalper prices, the RTX 3090 seems like a popular, albeit more expensive, alternative to Nvidia's flagship . While the card was sold out, be sure to read our review of the RTX 3080 in the meantime.