It must suck to be MSI right now. According to an advisory shared by GoFlying8, a thief has managed to steal 40 cargo boxes of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards from one of its Chinese mainland factories. The estimated worth is 2,200,000 RMB, which translates to around $337,000.
MSI seems to think that this was an inside job, as the factory is equipped with plenty of video surveillance that would likely catch anyone who wasn’t already familiar with the layout. Its trucks are also frequently and carefully inspected.
Anyone who has information on where these stolen goods may be will probably want to contact MSI, as it’s offering a handsome reward of $100,000 Yuan (around $15,330). The company is so desperate to get these already-rare GPUs back that it’s even willing to offer clemency to those who are involved.
“After doing some quick math, the amount of RTX 3090’s missing comes to around 220 units, which isn’t a lot,” Tom’s Hardware noted in its coverage. “But that means there will be a deficit in MSI RTX 3090 SKUs if these cards were headed to your location.”
MSI Chinese mainland factory was stolen, stolen 40 boxes RTX3090, the total value of 2200000RMB ……😓— 夕惕若厉 (@GoFlying8) December 7, 2020
MSI has been officially announced and informed to the police ,Reward of 100000 RMB for reporting effective information. pic.twitter.com/JWw8hOMioG