Win an RTX 3090 by decoding messages hidden inside Nvidia's GTC keynote

mongeese

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TL;DR: Nvidia has launched a treasure hunt and the top prizes are new GeForce GPUs. To win, you’ll need to comb through Nvidia’s GTC 2021 trailers for clues or be the first to crack codes embedded in the GTC livestream. Good luck!

On April 12, Nvidia’s head chef Jensen Huang will livestream the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC) from his kitchen.

Last year, he pulled an A100 out of the oven. Who knows what he’ll microwave this year. It probably won’t be new gaming hardware -- but that doesn’t mean that the livestream won’t have a little something for gamers, too.

Nvidia’s GTC Twitter account posted a 30-second clip of a gently rotating chandelier paired with the byline, "Discover what comes next." The apparent simplicity of the video prompted further investigation, leading some to discover that the light bulbs flickering contained a message in Morse code. Decoded, the message reads "hidden treasure hidden treasure."

Not long afterward, a secret page was discovered. The body of the page reads:

On Monday, April 12 (8:30 a.m. Pacific), the NVIDIA GTC keynote will go live and we thought we’d have a little bit of fun by adding a few 'Easter eggs.' These are clues & hidden treasures for those with eagle eyes to discover.

Watch closely, and if you see anything out of the ordinary let us know! There may be rewards waiting...

To participate: Tweet the hidden treasures you find (and the timestamp where you found them in the keynote) to @NVIDIAGTC and use the hashtag #GTCTreasure.

We’ll be watching for your answers and will award a few coveted items (like a GeForce RTX 3090!) to a selection of winners who find at least one of our top hidden treasures.

Look again at the visual that brought some of you here in the first place. You may find more hidden treasure...

Good luck, and most importantly, have fun.

The prizes are revealed in the rules section. The first prize, chosen by a "random drawing of eligible entries that are the first to post accurate descriptions of each unique hidden treasure," is an RTX A6000 if the winner is from the US, or an RTX 3090 is the winner is from the UK or the European Union. Other regions can't participate.

The remaining twenty-three winners will be chosen randomly from the set of timely tweets containing at least one correct description of a hidden treasure. The second, third, and fourth prizes are an RTX 3090, irrespective of the winner’s location. Then there are twenty consolation prizes of an Nvidia Shield TV, and an Nvidia scientific ruler.

If you want to get a head start on the treasure hunt, head over to Twitter and trawl through Nvidia's clips for clues. Only one has been discovered so far, and there’s allegedly multiple. And of course, set a reminder for the GTC keynote for April 12 at 8.30am PT (11.30am ET, 3.30pm GMT).

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noel24

Posts: 724   +868
Doesn't matter, no one ever see any RTX 3090 cause It doesn't exist...
Have You ever seen any 3090?
 

pcnthuziast

Posts: 1,060   +754
Miners and scalpers work on improving and diversifying their acquisition methods every day. They will find a way to 'win' this. Gamers will never matter to these companies again and why should they? When you have a demographic willing to pay any price for your wares, why would you pursue selling to a different demographic that has hard limits?
 

godrilla

Posts: 202   +117
Doesn't matter, no one ever see any RTX 3090 cause It doesn't exist...
Have You ever seen any 3090?
Yes I own one since November From EVGA notifications rtx 3090 XC3 ultra at $1619 before taxes. FYI Steam survey has the 3090 at 0.3% while not a huge number still is considered huge for such an expensive niche product. Unfortunately I really wanted the hybrid version and signed for notifications the nano second it was available and have yet to receive any email about availability.

The gpu market is a sh!t show besides the 3090. Everything is in extreme demand. If there is any supply the greed and demand is too strong to get anything at MSRP unless you settle for a prebuilt system.
 

Theinsanegamer

Posts: 2,446   +3,596
Yes I own one since November From EVGA notifications rtx 3090 XC3 ultra at $1619 before taxes. FYI Steam survey has the 3090 at 0.3% while not a huge number still is considered huge for such an expensive niche product. Unfortunately I really wanted the hybrid version and signed for notifications the nano second it was available and have yet to receive any email about availability.

The gpu market is a sh!t show besides the 3090. Everything is in extreme demand. If there is any supply the greed and demand is too strong to get anything at MSRP unless you settle for a prebuilt system.
What's scary here is that the $1500 RTX 3090 represents .33% of all steam users, that's 360,000 cards. By comparison, NONE of the RX 6000 cards show up at all.

AMD has no supply at all here. Demand? Yeah right, even the 6700xt hasnt shown up. Yeah the steam results are kinda iffy, but to have NONE of the cards show up yet your competitors halo $1500 card does, and ranks alongside the RX 5500 in number of users, is really bad look for AMD.
 

Nobina

Posts: 3,050   +2,846
It's not even the stock, I can buy a load of these cards right now but they are 900€ or more. Scalpers.
 

HardReset

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What's scary here is that the $1500 RTX 3090 represents .33% of all steam users, that's 360,000 cards. By comparison, NONE of the RX 6000 cards show up at all.

AMD has no supply at all here. Demand? Yeah right, even the 6700xt hasnt shown up. Yeah the steam results are kinda iffy, but to have NONE of the cards show up yet your competitors halo $1500 card does, and ranks alongside the RX 5500 in number of users, is really bad look for AMD.
Yeah right :joy: First, participating in Steam survey is voluntary. Secondly, not every Steam user even get chance to participate. Thirdly, Steam survey does not specify amounts, only percentages. Fourthly, there are way too many anomalies on Steam survey, like Intel Haswell GPU that simply does not exist.

For supply, just looked local suppliers. They have Radeon RX 6000 series cards in stock (6700XT, 6800XT, 6900XT) but not a single GeForce 3000 series cards available.
 

noel24

Posts: 724   +868
I have two 3090 'FTW3
Purchased from Microcenter.
$1955 each
3090 are not hard to find. 3080 are
Yes I own one since November From EVGA notifications rtx 3090 XC3 ultra at $1619 before taxes. FYI Steam survey has the 3090 at 0.3% while not a huge number still is considered huge for such an expensive niche product. Unfortunately I really wanted the hybrid version and signed for notifications the nano second it was available and have yet to receive any email about availability.

The gpu market is a sh!t show besides the 3090. Everything is in extreme demand. If there is any supply the greed and demand is too strong to get anything at MSRP unless you settle for a prebuilt system.
Sorry, but @MSRP of $1499, the cheapest I see locally is $2399 and out of stock, the cheapest available is around $3500, so NO, They are not available, unless You have too much cash (and time) on Your hand.
Not to mention that this card @ 110% performance of RTX 3080 is not worth It's MSRP @ 187% of RTX 3080.
What a waste!
FPS/$ is the way to go.

Doesn't matter, You r/wooooshed over my sarcastic post.

Anyway, I wish You Live Long and Prosper. You are lucky few to live in this 0,3% World.
 

amghwk

Posts: 1,041   +958
What a waste of money to buy this card.

It can't even play the latest MS Flight Simulator with all settings turned to Max at 4K with minimum constant 60fps.

For that much of money you spent, you would expect to pretty much throw anything at it at 4K with all settings turned to max and run them smoothly at 1% minimum of 60fps, no?

Oh well, it's not my money. And for those who keep bragging you have two or more, please show some proof - photos of your rigs, with clear pictures of the card you have and the receipts.

Otherwise, we just have to take all the braggings as a teen's wet dream.

In today's world of anonymous "social media" anyone can be anything and anyone can say anything.

*yawn*
 

QuaZulu

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Nvidia can stick this competition and the whole RTX 30xx line way high up where the sun don't shine!

Oh snap! In my weary bitterness, did I say that out loud?
 

godrilla

Posts: 202   +117
Sorry, but @MSRP of $1499, the cheapest I see locally is $2399 and out of stock, the cheapest available is around $3500, so NO, They are not available, unless You have too much cash (and time) on Your hand.
Not to mention that this card @ 110% performance of RTX 3080 is not worth It's MSRP @ 187% of RTX 3080.
What a waste!
FPS/$ is the way to go.

Doesn't matter, You r/wooooshed over my sarcastic post.

Anyway, I wish You Live Long and Prosper. You are lucky few to live in this 0,3% World.
Sarcasm aside it seems if you actually wanted to purchase one at msrp today my response still holds the only choice is a prebuilt system. While DIY is always welcoming the price premium is just not worth it currently. Some might call waiting outside like peasant for a card in front of a Microcenter for days as luck! That is what my local Microcenter rep told me. I said **** that noise!
 
Referring to a 30s video I think it has to do something with the dots on lines, maybe some kind of melody.
Just a thought tho.
 

DonquixoteIII

Posts: 88   +51
I figured out all of the clues, and their answers, but can't submit them because I am part of the 4/5ths of the world that can't participate.

Globalism at its finest.