Best Buy will have RTX 30-series graphics cards on August 26, 2021

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Best Buy will have RTX 30-series GPUs on sale on August 26, 2021.
  • They will likely sell out immediately.
  • If you want a shot at getting one, you need to start camping out right now.

Update: Best Buy's RTX 30-series store locator event page seems to be experiencing intermittent issues.

The best graphics cards have been in critically short supply for some time now. Everything about the cards is being tracked, from unit stocks on eBay, to how much over MSRP the GPUs are being sold for by retailers. In short, it's madness — madness Best Buy is capitalizing on, hence why it's giving interested consumers notice that on August 26, 2021, it will have limited stocks of NVIDIA's coveted RTX 30-series cards available.

This influx of fresh GPU stock is only going on at select Best Buys, so use the retailer's store locator tool to make sure you're not going to be camping out in front of an ordinary store devoid of RTX 30-series cards. And make no mistake, you will be camping. Just a few short months ago in June, we all got a front-row seat to a Best Buy RTX buying party, wherein people were sleeping in lawn chairs in front of the store and grabbing spots nearly 24 hours in advance.

Expect competition to be fierce, should you choose to attempt an RTX card purchase on August 26. Card purchases will be limited to one per person, and the odds are that if you get there with just a few hours to go, you won't be walking away with the GPU of your dreams.

Alternatively, you can just wait out the GPU shortage from the comfort of your home and pick up an RTX 3060 Ti with ease when the semiconductor shortage lessens in 2023 (maybe).

Robert Carnevale

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