EVGA has started to discard its graphics card queue system, which was created to make it easier for the typical buyer (read: gamers) to get a card rather than, say, a bot or scalper, in yet another hint that the GPU stock issue is actually starting to be resolved.
In order to ensure a fair chance with its RTX 3000 graphics cards, EVGA launched this system back in October 2020. When there was no inventory available, potential customers might join a queue to place an order when the product became available. When they were told that their turn had come, they had just eight hours to complete the order.
In any case, the manufacturer of graphics cards has decided that the queuing scheme is no longer necessary and is beginning to phase it out—apparently model by model rather than all at once.
There’s no need to fear if you receive such a message through email; all you have to do is visit the EVGA store and purchase the graphics card you wanted in the first place. This is because skipping the line is possible because the company now has stock on hand.
Although EVGA hasn’t announced as much yet, and in the email, Tom’s received, the company noted that the queue system would stay in place for “high demand products,” it seems reasonable to assume that other models will be removed from the queueing system.
This is just another indication that the price of the Nvidia RTX 3000 is now rising quickly, which is certainly fantastic news for gamers wishing to purchase an Ampere GPU. Indeed, rumors suggest that Nvidia may postpone the release of its RTX 4000 graphics cards to give the RTX 3000 stock a chance to sell-off. This could be done in an effort to avoid a glut of uncleared inventory that might cause people to put off their purchasing plans in favor of waiting for next-generation GPUs (after seeing them revealed).
Of course, this is taking place as the availability of GPUs generally improves, and AMD graphics cards are becoming more prevalent on store shelves. Due to the current crypto crash, miners are also frantically trying to sell off used GPUs (second-hand prices on eBay are positively plummeting), and if those cards do well (we’d be extremely cautious about buying one, mind you, given all the miles they’ll have on the proverbial clock), that will take some business away from new GPUs.
According to a relatively recent article, graphics card asking costs (in Europe) are pretty well down to normal levels, which is the manufacturer’s recommended price. Of course, with improved availability comes better pricing, or at least not ridiculously inflated price tags (MSRP). However, Nvidia’s RTX 3000 options are still available at a little over MSRP (102%), while AMD RX 6000 GPUs are currently at 92 percent of their MSRP.
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