EVGA starts shuttering its virtual queue system for RTX 3000 cards as stock levels improve

midian182

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What just happened? In what is yet another sign of the graphics card market returning to some form of normality, EVGA has started to scale back its virtual GPU queue program that was introduced in 2020 to try and make buying an RTX 3000-series card a little fairer.

When EVGA rolled out its virtual queue system almost two years ago, only the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards had been released, but grabbing one usually required a lot of money and even more luck.

EVGA's system levels the playing field a little by letting users select an Ampere card and hitting the Auto-Notify button. Once a card is in stock, and you're next in the virtual queue, a secure email is sent out with a link allowing you to buy the item—as long as it's purchased within 24 hours.

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But with the crypto crash and the resulting fall in mining profitability, graphics card prices are finally falling closer to, and in some cases beneath, the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) as availability improves. As such, EVGA is starting to shutter its virtual queue system.

Tom's Hardware reports that the system isn't being killed off in one move. Instead, EVGA is deleting queue orders for individual models, starting with the EVGA FTW3 cards. The publication received a message from EVGA confirming that the GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Gaming would no longer be part of the virtual queue as of June 23 now that the company has sufficient stock.

We can expect to see the rest of the RTX 3000-series cards dropped from the virtual queue system as extra inventory becomes available, with the more expensive models likely to go first. But despite the improved availability, it seems all of the items on EVGA's site remain above MSRP. Nevertheless, the slow shuttering of the queue system is another positive sign for those looking to buy a new graphics card.

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Neatfeatguy

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RTX 3080 10GB FTW3 - $869.
MSRP for 3080 = $699.

Seeing as the FTW3 model is a bit over the top, I'd expect to see them going for maybe....maybe $750.

Yeah, these companies may have inventory on hand now, but the prices are still way too high.
 

Aceseven

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RTX 3080 10GB FTW3 - $869.
MSRP for 3080 = $699.

Seeing as the FTW3 model is a bit over the top, I'd expect to see them going for maybe....maybe $750.

Yeah, these companies may have inventory on hand now, but the prices are still way too high.
I'd settle for $800, most modded versions of cards tack on a hundred, but yes, they are still selling them too high.

but I can wait, my 980ti still has 2 of 3 fans going just fine...
 

Neatfeatguy

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I'd settle for $800, most modded versions of cards tack on a hundred, but yes, they are still selling them too high.

but I can wait, my 980ti still has 2 of 3 fans going just fine...
My 980Ti had random high fan spin ups. If the fans were spinning at anytime, they could randomly spin up 100% for a couple of seconds before going back to the speed they should be at (some days it didn't happen, other days it would happen 3 or 4 different times). It had been doing that for about a year or more. I even completely pulled it apart, replaced the TIM and thermal pads....didn't fix the issue. At least with your issue you can always rig up fans on it if it comes down to it.

If my 980Ti wasn't having that odd fan spin up issue I would have kept her longer and not looked for something from this gen to upgrade to until after the cards came down to MSRP or lower.