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NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards will cost quite a bit more than the $329 price point that green team had intended them to be sold at. The disappointing news comes from Coreteks, who leaked a handful of photos taken at an undisclosed retailer revealing the prices of various GeForce RTX 3060 models from ASUS, MSI, and ZOTAC.

The most expensive model is MSI’s GAMING X at $514.99, followed by the ASUS ROG Strix and ZOTAC GAMING Twin Edge at $499.99. The “cheapest” models are the ASUS TUF and MSI VENTUS 2X, which cost $489.99 and $484.99, respectively. Here’s the list that Coreteks provided:

  • MSI GAMING X: $514.99
  • MSI VENTUS 2X: $484.99
  • ZOTAC GAMING Twin Edge: $499.99
  • ASUS ROG Strix: $499.99
  • ASUS TUF: $489.99

“Probably the most anticipated GPU of the year – especially for NVidia fans – the various AIB RTX 3060 have arrived at retailers,” Coreteks wrote. “The 60 class GPU from NVidia has traditionally been the best seller in the line-up for gamers looking for the best value for money, but at these prices looks like budget conscious gamers might have to wait for the 50 class GPU, or perhaps the rumored soon to be announced 6700s from rivals AMD. (Spoiler: those will likely be pretty expensive too, sorry).”

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 will officially be released on February 25. This is a midrange graphics card with 3,584 CUDA Cores, a 1.78 GHz boost clock, and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory. It’s also been neutered with a cryptocurrency mining limiter that reduces its hash rate by as much as 50 percent.

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24 Comments

  1. Supply and Demand… No supply and probably going to be tons of demand. I’ll pass at those prices. Please drive through. Next window please!
  2. $500 for a mid-range card? No thank you. I was going to attempt to get one Thursday morning until I saw this article.
  3. Yea I’m not surprised. Between tariffs and sjit availability everyone is shooting to get a piece of the pie.
  4. Meanwhile in europe the three highest end cards available in retail:
    GTX1050Ti: $300
    GTX1650: $350
    RTX2060: $700
  5. I stopped at the KC Microcenter yesterday. The shelves for video cards was wiped out, ram was scarce, but they had plenty of processors and everything else they normally carry.

    Most of the line that was waiting for the store to open went away empty handed, unless they wanted a cpu.

    Never in all my years have I seen this crap. I’ll save my money for better times, or get a new hobby. GPU’s are the new toilet paper, I’m about to get a bidet

  6. If Nvidia was really for the gamers they would be cracking down on these retailers that are price gouging.

    I’d be willing to bet (not much) that they’ve considered a number of approaches to do just that, and haven’t found a workable solution.

    The big issue is this: if the price were to be artificially lowered, stock would be even more scarce. High retail prices at least give some a chance. At the prices that we’re all used to for the level of performance improvement offered, none of us would even stand a chance at getting one from a retailer. We’d only be able to get them from ‘scalpers’, and only at whatever price they dictate. The scalpers would make the margins, and the retailers (and Nvidia) wouldn’t get anything for the value they’re providing.

    Now, I doubt Nvidia (or anyone else!) will be in a hurry to ‘correct’ pricing when availability issues ease, high pricing works in their favor, but as I’ve said elsewhere Nvidia would be leaving money on the table if they weren’t trying to address availability.

  7. I’d be willing to bet (not much) that they’ve considered a number of approaches to do just that, and haven’t found a workable solution.

    NVidia’s answer was to divorce away from retail sales entirely — they just dumped off their own sales channel to Best Buy and washed their hands of the distribution issues.

    nVidia isn’t going to provide any solutions to the retail issues. They are focused on production, and marketing, and pumping their stock price.

  8. nVidia isn’t going to provide any solutions to the retail issues.

    On second thought, I think you’re probably right.

    I imagined that they would be worried about cards not actually getting into gamers’ hands. That breaks a lot of community expectations all around, because a lack of hardware will reduce the chances that game developers are willing to take and so on.

    Thing is, while I’m probably right to some degree, it’s also probably not a big enough problem to make a difference.

  9. Let’s just put our tin-foil hats on and claim that all of these "supply" issues on the graphics card front is being championed and funded by Microsoft and Sony. They’re the ones to make out the most of PC Gaming dies. Can’t build a Gaming PC, go ahead and get yourself a console and game it up! /s
  10. Let’s just put our tin-foil hats on and claim that all of these "supply" issues on the graphics card front is being championed and funded by Microsoft and Sony. They’re the ones to make out the most of PC Gaming dies. Can’t build a Gaming PC, go ahead and get yourself a console and game it up! /s

    Intellivision?

  11. Let’s just put our tin-foil hats on and claim that all of these "supply" issues on the graphics card front is being championed and funded by Microsoft and Sony. They’re the ones to make out the most of PC Gaming dies. Can’t build a Gaming PC, go ahead and get yourself a console and game it up! /s

    Except those are sold out too.

  12. Probably… let me check.

    https://getlambs.com/products/emf-proof-beanie?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&currency=USD&gclid=Cj0KCQiAvvKBBhCXARIsACTePW_QjZxZ4eIAg3U80tHwJYphZPeGuf2dSldlQDPy27nU_EDlYrWYBZQaAtrJEALw_wcB

    Nope not sold out… but every tinfoil hat is definitely a scalper price… get it… scalper.. lol.. sigh…

    He’s here all week! Try the veal and be sure to tip your waitstaff!

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