Update March 18, 2022, at 3:30 PM ET: Party's over; it looks like most of the graphics cards are now sold out. Still, keep an eye on EVGA's page in case more stock appears.
What you need to know
- Global chip shortages have rendered in-stock GPUs hard to find, especially for those wanting to pay standard MSRPs.
- Analysts have predicted that the consumer tech sphere and, by extension, graphics card prices will return to some semblance of normalcy by the end of 2022.
- The fact that EVGA GPUs have been in stock at MSRP for more than a handful of hours could mark the beginning of said return to normalcy.
It's been a long, rocky road for anyone attempting to get the best graphics cards or any sort of highly sought-after PC gaming component. Since 2020, it's been near impossible for many people to score a graphics card at standard prices without arduous waits outside of Best Buys, online raffling schemes, and other such shenanigans.
That's what the global chip shortage has done to the market. But analysts predict the worst may be over by the end of 2022, so long as you're a computer tech geek (car fans may have to wait until sometime in 2023 for the situation to stabilize).
One piece of evidence supporting this theory is that in March, three months into 2022, we're now seeing EVGA graphics cards remain available for longer than a few hours at their standard MSRPs (via Tom's Hardware). Now, mind you, those "standard" prices are still extraordinarily expensive since their corresponding products are in the high-end of PC gaming components, but even so, seeing anything in stock for any length of time is rare.
As to what you can still buy directly from EVGA: You have choices (yes, actual choices!). At the time of this writing, there's a watercooled EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 12GB for $1,349, GeForce RTX 3080 12GB for $1,299, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for $1,429, and more. In other words, if you're willing to shell out top dollar for a high-end EVGA GPU, you won't have to go through scalpers.
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RIP. I changed the link at the bottom to a general 30-series spread on EVGA's site so you just have to hit "in stock" to see what's still available. As of right now, all the other GPUs I mentioned are still on tap. Cheapest (ha) is $1,299.
When it first released, wasn't the 3080 only $699? I'm pretty sure.... Cuz the x070 series have hovered around 450-500 retail before the bullshit "shortage". I recall my 1070 at first release was $450. Anyway, that "MSRP" is a little misleading, I guess unless 2x original price is now the new norm like all other gouging
Couple of things to consider: These are 3080 12GB variants as well as 3080 Tis and 3080s with watercooling. Lotta gimmicks "sweetening" the price pot. We also have to consider that EVGA makes their versions arbitrarily more expensive than some others. And on top of those items, yes, the base MSRP standards have risen since the original RTX 30 series launch. If you meld all those factors together, the current situation starts to make more sense.
$699 was the msrp for a 3080 10GB. Kinda like changing a molecule in a drug, saying it's a whole new product & coming up with an entirely new price. I'll wait till the 3080 10GB cards get down to msrp.
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