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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 preorders and where to find stock - live report

NVIDIA's latest flagship RTX GPU is here and we're going to show you where you can buy one.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
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The NVIDIA RTX 4090 preorders took off in style yesterday and stock lasted way longer than expected, a few hours actually rather than mere minutes. It's slim pickings today, but we'll keep you updated on the latest sightings below - there's certainly no need to give in and head to the scalpers on eBay just yet (or ever!).

NVIDIA's mighty (and power-hungry) new graphics card, the Geforce RTX 4090 is certainly one to watch if you crave the ultimate upgrade in 2022. This is one of the most powerful GPUs to date from the company, allowing gamers to crank up settings at 4K and even play some games at 8K. We're going to be covering the launch right here so you can hopefully buy one. 

Things are already looking a bit better than most RTX graphics card launches as we saw a good number of retailers in the US and the UK get stock online at launch. Most are greyed out again now, but there are plenty of options to keep checking. Anohter option we've highlighted in our live report below is picking up a pre-built PC with an RTX 4090 already inside.

When can you buy an RTX 4090?

The RTX 4090 series officially opened up preorders on October 12. Stock seems only to be on sale at the big retailers you'd expect for PC parts. NVIDIA's site in the US and the UK is something of a wasted trip as it just points you to the same retailers as we have below, not even as many in some countries. So if you want the best list of stores to check for RTX 4090 stock, cast your eyes below, and maybe cross your fingers and toes for a bit of luck.

US: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090

UK: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 review

Senior Editor Rich Edmonds worked frantically to get his ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 4090 OC review finished as early as possible, and it's now live on Windows Central for you to check out. 

Short story? It's an incredibly powerful GPU with NVIDIA's new DLSS 3 that's capable of decent 8K gaming and high-end 4K gaming. The review is definitely worth a full read whether or not you were able to snag a new RTX 4090 today.

RTX 4090: live updates from the launch


NVIDIA is launching the mighty GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card today and it's quite literally larger than the Xbox Series S. The price could also be considered colossal, starting at an MSRP of $1,599, but so too is the performance with NVIDIA claiming this graphics card could be used for stable (and enjoyable) 8K gaming.

We've had some serious issues with the supply of graphics cards in recent years, but there should be better availability of this new flagship GPU from launch later today. Here, on this live blog, you'll see contributions from Senior Editors Cale Hunt and Richard Edmonds, as well as other Windows Central staff, as we cover the launch.

So we're expecting stock to come online in just under 90 minutes' time now, but that's still far from confirmed. Our advice though, if you'd be happy buying from any of the stores above, is get everything else ready. 

Get yourself signed in, make sure your payment and delivery details are already entered on your account to make the transaction as quick and as smooth as possible if you're able to get an RTX 4090 into your basket. 

We've seen plenty of retailer sites struggle and crash during launch events like this, so the less time you have to spend entering information and loading new screens, the better. If you picked up a GPU or next-gen console in recent times, you may well be aware of what we're talking about here. 

That, or it'll be easy because nobody can afford a damn $1600 GPU right now!

The NVIDIA RTX 4090 is officially available right now! NVIDIA announced on Twitter the availability of the flagship RTX 40 graphics card. To kick things off, we've spotted countless live NVIDIA RTX 4090 graphics cards listings on Newegg:

Next up is Best Buy! Here are all the listings for the mighty RTX 4090:

Some are sold out already so act fast if you want to secure an RTX 4090!

A bunch of U.S. retailers have already sent out all of (or most of) their pre-orders, while others are still waiting to release everything they have. Here's a look at what you can buy at the time of writing.

ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 4090 OC Edition

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Pair the RTX 4090 with these powerful PC parts, all on sale for Prime Day

The launch of the RTX 4090 is an incredibly exciting time for PC gamers all over the world, as the power of NVIDIA's latest flagship GPU is unlike anything we've ever seen on the market. With that said, it's also important to keep in mind that you need more than just a graphics card to put together a killer gaming rig.

Thankfully, plenty of excellent and powerful PC parts are on sale for the final 24 hours of Amazon Prime Day. Whether you're in need of a new CPU, a large and spacious case, a high-capacity PSU, DDR5 RAM, or something else, there are deals available that will be perfect for you.

We've rounded up all the best Prime Day deals on powerful PC parts to pair with the RTX 4090 in a separate post, but you'll find links to the individual deals in the list below as well. — Brendan Lowry, Windows Central Contributor

We're well into the RTX 4090's launch period now, and as a result, it's getting harder and harder to find available stock of the beastly GPU. With that said, you shouldn't give up, as many retailers are making their inventory available in incremental waves. Even if a storefront says it's sold out or out of stock now, a fresh batch of cards could become available soon. Keep refreshing, and make sure that you have all of your payment and shipping information saved so you can checkout as fast as possible if you're able to snag an RTX 4090 from a new wave.

Notably, the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity OC variant of the card remains available for preorder at B&H at the time of writing. If you've yet to secure a GPU, this preorder opportunity might just be exactly what you need to seal the deal. — Brendan Lowry

Several of the listings for RTX 4090-equipped pre-built gaming PCs at U.S. retailers we found earlier in the day have now gone live, and the PCs can be ordered now. While a few of them have sold out quickly, many of them are surprisingly still available and in stock. 

If you're having trouble finding a standalone RTX 4090 GPU, going with a pre-built system is a fantastic alternative. While they're generally more expensive than what it would cost to buy PC parts separately and put a rig together yourself, you won't have to worry about the hassle of building your PC and can get gaming as soon as the computer arrives at your doorstep.

Below, you'll find a list of all the pre-built RTX 4090 gaming PCs still in stock at the time of writing, including some that will ship with Intel's upcoming 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. Get them before they're gone! — Brendan Lowry

Day 1 of the RTX 4090 launch has officially ended, and nearly all retailers selling the card have depleted their stock. But fear not! After several years of scalpers dominating the GPU market due to low supply, things have finally stabilized this year (for the most part, anyway). As a result, consumers should expect to have an easier time finding new graphics cards like the RTX 4090 in the coming days, weeks, and months post-launch.

Even though most storefronts are out of stock at the moment, you should still keep an eye on all of the listings we've highlighted in this live blog. Fresh waves of RTX 4090s are likely coming soon to meet the PC gaming community's ravenous demand for the GPU, so as always, don't give up and keep on refreshing.

Notably, Newegg still has the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity available at the time of writing. It's quite pricey at $2,250, but it's also a very elite version of the card with advanced cooling, RGB lighting, and more. If you're still looking for an RTX 4090 and don't mind paying extra for a premium board partner version of it, don't miss out on this chance to snag one! — Brendan Lowry

Ok, so after a quick sweep of the US retailers this morning there isn't a lot to choose from. Third-party merchants have started to appear on Newegg - you know where this is going right?- and you can pick up a Zotac Gaming RTX 4090 Trinity card for a whopping $2249.99. Of course, that's something of a predatory price to say the least. Don't buy that unless you really have to have the fancy cooling and RGB, better priced options will come back around. 

If you don't mind waiting, B&H Photo has a near identical Zotac RTX 4090 card available to preorder for a much more sensible $1649.99. There's no shipping date, but unlike all the other entries for the RTX 4090 on the store at the moment, the preorder button is still live and you can complete the transaction, so it feels like a good chance. And hell, if you get lucky elsewhere before this one ships, just cancel it. 

What about the UK? Well, so far there are no sightings of cards to be had sadly. But that doesn't mean RTX 4090 stock won't reappear at some point today or perhaps over the weekend. 

We are expecting more and more pre-built PCs to appear though. There's just the one over at Ebuyer so far and considering it's £4999, it's got a bit of grunt to it besides the RTX 4090. You also get a 12th-gen i9 processor, 32GB DDR5 RAM, and a 4TB SSD. There's also a three-year warranty included (one year parts, three years labor) to ease the sticker shock a little. 

Even so, that's a lot of money upfront. And given that's the only pre-built rig (and card!) around at the moment, Ebuyer can kinda charge what they want. We'd consider just holding on a little and seeing what other pre-builts appear before biting on this one.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

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Can't find an RTX 4090? Consider getting one of NVIDIA's 30 Series GPUs

While the RTX 4090 is unquestionably the most powerful GPU on the market right now, that doesn't mean that you need one in order to have a great gaming experience. Several of NVIDIA's previous generation 30 series cards like the RTX 3080 Ti, 3090, and 3090 Ti are all great for 4K gaming, too, and if you're willing to drop down into the 1440p range, the RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti are fantastic as well.

There's plenty of 30 series stock available, and for the first time in years, many of these GPUs are actually available at prices that are close to or even below MSRP (imagine that!). If you're struggling to get an RTX 4090, it's not a bad idea to go with one of its predecessors.

In the list below, we've linked some great 30 series GPUs that are fully in stock and available to purchase now. You should also check out our roundup of all the best graphics card deals, as we always keep it updated with the best deals we find. — Brendan Lowry

Day 2 of the RTX 4090 launch period hasn't been quite as bountiful as yesterday was, although waves of stock have periodically become available across several major storefronts. As always, stay vigilant and frequently refresh each store page to give yourself the best chance of snagging a GPU when fresh supply becomes available.

We'd also like to remind everyone looking for a 4090 to make sure that they're logged into each retailer's website and have their payment and shipping information saved. This way, if you're lucky enough to snatch a card when stock is available, you can checkout as quickly as possible and secure your order before anyone else beats you to the punch. Good luck and good hunting.  — Brendan Lowry

If you're having a hard time buying an RTX 4090 directly but don't like the "set in stone" nature of pre-built systems, ordering a custom gaming PC with the exact specs you want is a great option. Currently, Origin is offering the RTX 4090 in its Neuron, Millennium, and Genesis rigs. The Neuron and Millennium lineups consist of machines built using mid-tower cases, while the Genesis PCs feature larger full-tower cases with extra room for more fans and advanced water cooling loops.

In addition to the mighty RTX 4090, you also have the option of next-gen CPUs like the Intel Core i9-13900K and AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, as well as up to 64GB of DDR5 6000MHz RAM, up to 8TB SSDs, and even insane 1600W PSUs. You can customize your rig with a laser-etched design on the tempered glass side panel, too, which is a sweet bonus option.

While these custom RTX 4090-equipped PCs are extremely pricey, it's worth noting that Origin offers the option of paying in monthly increments rather than all at once. This will make the immense cost of these systems easier to manage for many PC gamers. Origin has also slashed the price of all of its rigs by $200 during the month of October, making the prospect of getting an RTX 4090 PC this way even more attractive. — Brendan Lowry

NVIDIA RTX 40 Series

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NVIDIA 'unlaunches' the 12GB RTX 4080, but the 16GB card's still coming

If you're still on the fence about whether you'd like to get an RTX 4080 or an RTX 4090, you should know that this morning, NVIDIA announced that the 12GB variant of the 4080 has been "unlaunched." Following widespread criticism from the PC community that the choice to have two 4080 cards was confusing for consumers, NVIDIA has agreed and is no longer releasing the 12GB version of the GPU on November 16. The version with 16GB of VRAM is still on track to launch that day with an MSRP of $1,199, however.

At $899, the 12GB RTX 4080 was slated to offer fans a sub-$1,000 alternative to behemoth cards like the RTX 4090 and the 16GB version of the 4080. Official benchmarks from NVIDIA did show the now-cancelled card performing up to 30% slower than the pricier 4080, but even so, it seemed like it (assisted by DLSS 3.0) was going to offer gamers a way to have a quality 4K gaming experience at high settings and framerates without selling a kidney.

It's unclear if the 12GB RTX 4080 will ever return, and what it will return as if it does. Some speculate that we could see the card become the RTX 4070, while others believe it will end up getting rebranded as an RTX 4070 Ti.

Ultimately, the RTX 4090 continues to stand tall as NVIDIA's 40 series flagship, and it's the best choice for folks that want the absolute best 4K gaming experience possible (it can push 8K, too). The upcoming 16GB RTX 4080, meanwhile, will be a strong alternative for those that want to save a few hundred bucks while still achieving high framerates at 4K. — Brendan Lowry

It's Day 3 of the RTX 4090 launch, and unfortunately, the pickings are just as slim as they were yesterday. Stock refreshes could hit throughout the day, though, so keep checking every major retailer periodically. Who knows — maybe you'll be able to snatch a lucky find!

Newegg has the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity OC available, but it's being sold at the absolutely insane price of $3,199. Therefore, we don't recommend buying it, as you'll be able to get a different RTX 4090 for half the price once retailers refresh their inventory.

A more reasonable option for folks in the UK is the OcUK Gaming Germanium Z7 pre-built currently available at Overclockers UK. You'll have to fork over an eye-watering £4,999.99 for it, but it features an RTX 4090, a next-gen Intel Core i7-13700KF CPU, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, a variety of SSDs, support for Wi-Fi 6, and a gorgeous Phanteks case. If you don't mind going with a pre-built, definitely consider copping this system. — Brendan Lowry

In the final hours of Day 3 of the RTX 4090 launch, we've spotted several new custom pre-built systems with the GPU become available from CyberPowerPC and MSI, along with a few standalone graphics cards from GIGABYTE, ASUS, and ZOTAC on Amazon. 

Unfortunately, the individual cards are quite overpriced and we don't recommend buying them unless you somehow afford spending $2,500-3,500 on a GPU. The pre-built systems are significantly more reasonable, however, as even though they're incredibly expensive, they come with stellar accompanying hardware like the best CPUs from Intel and AMD, tons of high-performance DDR5 memory, tons of storage, beefy 1,000W+ PSUs, and more. — Brendan Lowry

Custom PCs & pre-builts

Standalone GPUs

It's a new day, and we have good news: there are several new pre-built PCs and standalone cards available at U.S. retailers if you're looking to get an RTX 4090 or something that has one in it! While the available GPUs are unfortunately priced in the crazy $2,500-3,500 range, the cost of the pre-built systems is easier to swallow since they come with cutting edge CPUs, plenty of DDR5, lots of storage, advanced water cooling, and more.

We'll list the individual cards here in the event that you're really willing to spend thousands of dollars on a single component, but we don't recommend doing that. RTX 4090's with a price closer to its $1,599 MSRP are undoubtedly coming soon as retailers work to refresh their stock, so you'll definitely be able to get a better deal if you remain patient. We've directly linked the aforementioned pre-builts below as well, which will be fantastic options for folks that want the power of the RTX 4090 but don't want to deal with the hassle of building a PC themselves. — Brendan Lowry


Standalone GPUs

Since the RTX 4090 launched, custom PC builders and pre-built manufacturers have steadily begun to make their 4090-equipped systems available for purchase. iBuyPower is the latest company to do so, offering both a pre-built and a customizable rig with options for 13th Gen Intel CPUs, DDR5, beefy water coolers, lots of RGB, and more along with NVIDIA's new flagship card.

As for individual RTX 4090's, there's little to no stock available pretty much anywhere right now, save for the exorbitantly-priced cards you can currently find on Amazon (check our earlier posts for links to those GPUs). Ultimately, the best way to get your hands on an RTX 4090 at the moment is to go with a pre-built or a custom PC. — Brendan Lowry

The Continuum Micro Workstation PC

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The RTX 4090-equipped Continuum Micro Workstation PC is available

Opting to get a pre-built desktop remains one of the best ways to get access to the power of NVIDIA's RTX 4090, and recently, the Continuum Micro Workstation PC from Computer Upgrade King became available to purchase on Amazon. Equipped with a 4090, a beefy Intel Core i9-13900KF CPU, up to 64GB of DDR5 RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD storage and 6TB of HDD space, this PC's hardware about as good as it gets for 4K PC gaming. And thanks to the vibrant RGB fans, hinged glass side panel, and gorgeous infinity mirror front panel, the system is as stylish as it is performant. — Brendan Lowry