The brand new Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti graphics card was launched on Thursday, June 3 — and it offered out instantly. In the blink of a watch, the GPU was gone from all the on-line retailers that put it up on the market on Thursday morning. As an alternative of promoting the card on-line, Finest Buy selected to supply it in-store. This resulted in dozens of individuals making an attempt to be the first in line to purchase it — and for some, that meant ready for over 24 hours.
On Finest Buy’s web site, the message was clear — the card was not going to be provided on-line and clients had been requested to go to the retailer in particular person. RTX 3080 Ti had a restrict of 1 card per buyer and was priced at $1,199. In comparison with combating towards bots and scalpers, visiting Finest Buy in particular person looks like a good suggestion that offers folks a good likelihood to attain one in every of the new playing cards. Sadly, it’s not all as straightforward because it sounds.
As getting one in every of the new GPUs on-line was subsequent to not possible throughout earlier releases, many individuals determined to camp outdoors Finest Buy in order to attempt to purchase the RTX 3080 Ti earlier than it sells out. Strains started forming outdoors of a Finest Buy in Los Angeles as early as Wednesday afternoon. Lots of the folks current got here totally outfitted to spend the night time. A few of them introduced folding chairs, blankets, and thermal mugs crammed with sizzling drinks.
The road solely grew in dimension as time went on and dozens of latest folks joined the queue. Finest Buy workers disclosed that the retailer was solely purported to obtain 64 models of the card. Even at the time, this meant that a big portion of these in the queue had a slim likelihood of shopping for the RTX 3080 Ti. Regardless of the grim information, most refused to surrender.
By Thursday morning, the line had grown huge. Over 200 folks waited outdoors, with minimal social distancing, in an extended queue that wrapped round the constructing. Determined to get the new card, some provided to pay as a lot as $2,500 for others to go them their spot. The shop did certainly solely have 64 models in inventory, and so they offered out in the blink of a watch. Dozens of individuals had been left disenchanted and bitter, with no likelihood of laying their fingers on the new GPU.
Trying to purchase the card on-line was equally disappointing. Very similar to earlier releases of the greatest graphics playing cards, the GPUs had been offered out mere seconds after being put up on the market. They had been briefly seen in Nvidia’s personal retailer, Newegg, B&H Picture, Amazon, and different retailers.
This example completely sums up the GPU scarcity and the influence it has on the graphics card market. Sadly, plainly the wrestle could proceed for the remainder of 2021 as producers proceed making an attempt to satisfy the present demand.