Nvidia allegedly introduced a $329 graphics card today, the GeForce RTX 3060, but Ive yet to see much evidence.
Orders started today at 9AM PT/ 12PM ET for a card whose sticker price varied from $329.99 all the way as much as $629.99, averaging $471. Those arent scalper prices, mind you. Theyre the market prices set by Nvidias partners.
As far as I can tell, the only places that really declared to equip a card for $329.99 were Newegg and EVGAs own site, and neither simply put the card on sale: Newegg is only raffling off opportunities to purchase the cards, and EVGA has a queue where you hit a “alert me” button. In both cases, you await the company to hopefully email you back with excellent news.
Newegg listings pointed you directly to the Newegg Shuffle.
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You have till 12PM PT/ 3PM ET today to get in the Newegg Shuffle, which includes a PS5 package as well, and youll understand by 2PM PT/ 5PM ET if you luck out. It likewise means well have little proof that $329 is the real price of this GPU.
Theres likewise a question of whether Nvidia initially managed to ship numerous 3060s. Raffles and queues aside, today appeared to have a few of the most sparse GPU accessibility yet, with some implicating Nvidia of a “paper launch” just like AMDs RX 6800 series in November. PCGamer quit live-blogging the launch after an hour of failure. Best Buy barely had them. At some other merchants, they never appeared. I saw listings for some versions straight-up managed the web. Micro Center only had them in shop.
One bright area (for United States players anyhow): Best Buy wound up restocking a range of other Nvidia GPUs today, with the 3060 Ti, 3070, and even the hardest-to-find 3080 turning up from time to time.
In reality, it might have revealed just how rough the RTX 3060 launch is: I was sitting Falcodrins Twitch channel, a popular hangout where people try to track down the cards and share their success, and Falcodrin ran a poll where only two individuals confessed to catching a 3060 at all:
Its also worth keeping in mind that at least two of the four supposedly $329.99 graphics cards look suspiciously like token offerings to fulfill that cost. EVGA has a 2nd near-identical version of the 3060 with a very somewhat greater increase clock that retails for $390.
Orders started today at 9AM PT/ 12PM ET for a card whose listed rates varied from $329.99 all the method up to $629.99, balancing $471. Theyre the retail rates set by Nvidias partners.
Theres also a question of whether Nvidia initially handled to ship numerous 3060s. Queues and raffles aside, today appeared to have some of the most sporadic GPU accessibility yet, with some accusing Nvidia of a “paper launch” much like AMDs RX 6800 series in November. The RTX 3060 is an excellent card, but even at $330, I think you might desire to wait and see whats next because the 3060 Ti is so much better.
Ill let you think which ones the less costly “Black” design.
And while Newegg may be noting Zotacs 3060 Twin Edge for $329.99, Zotac itself notes it and briefly offered the exact same card this early morning for $479.99. (I saw the include to haul button on one refresh, however Zotacs website crapped out, and it was out of stock as quickly as I returned.).
The RTX 3060 is a great card, however even at $330, I think you may wish to see and wait whats next because the 3060 Ti is so much better. At $400 and up, that goes double. Maybe you didnt have a choice to begin with. Were asking Nvidia if it has more thoughts, and well let you understand what we hear. EVGA would just validate that its delivering a $329.99 GPU, and that “we have more supply en route.”.