EVGA has slashed the price of its base RTX 3090 Ti graphics card to $1,000 below MSRP in the US, a clear sign that high-end GPU prices are falling even faster.
Yes, the eagle-eyed denizen of Twitter spotted that the FTW3 gaming model has a clear thousand bucks on it. (Opens in a new tab)It had a suggested retail price of $2,150 and is now $1,150 in the card manufacturer’s online store, so it’s now pretty close to half-price.
Holy crap, but Jay said to buy now? pic.twitter.com/G96qqouSqHAugust 6, 2022
The FTW3 Ultra Gaming model isn’t too expensive at $1,200, comes with slightly higher boost speeds (so it’s definitely another option if the base FTW3 graphics card sells out of stock).
The official MSRP for the RTX 3090 Ti is $2,000 (£1,879, AU$2,499), but EVGA has put a slight premium on its FTW3 versions because it allows the GPU to run slightly faster.
Analysis: Buy or Wait?
To put this price in perspective with the rest of the lineup, EVGA’s RTX 3080 Ti is running at $1,100 right now, so you can get the 3090 Ti for just fifty bucks more, making it a total no-brainer for those who want a top end amp graphics card from EVGA (their PC Case, Thermals and PSU can of course handle the 3090 Ti).
As you may recall, recently Nvidia officially dropped the RTX 3090 Ti down to $1,500 (along with price cuts for other top dog Amp graphics cards), but the flagship GPU seems to be rolling off that low level quickly. You can pick up a Zotac 3090 Ti for $1,240 on Newegg right now, for example, but EVGA’s price drops it by another hundred dollars.
What we’ve been hearing constantly on the grapevine lately is that Nvidia’s partners have extra stock of RTX 3000 cards to clear out, and that seems like a clear indication that this might indeed be the case.
This is obviously a big price cut from EVGA, and with the next-gen Lovelace GPUs getting closer to launch now, the RTX 4090 will be the first out the door – so it makes sense that big discounts should be applied to the top end. End the RTX 3090 and 3090 Ti first, as these are less tempting propositions as Lovelace’s release time frame approaches.
What will happen now is that most graphics card manufacturers will lower their 3090 Ti prices (and possibly other high-end Nvidia models), and we could see a race to sell them – potentially. If we’re already looking at half-price, there must be a limit to how low things can go, and at its current price, the EVGA RTX 3090 Ti doesn’t look too shabby to say the least.
On the other hand, when it comes to Lovelace, the RTX 4070 is on par (or maybe even a touch faster) than the 3090 Ti – but then it’s expected to be the most popular model of the high-end Lovelace offerings. , so it’s going to be challenging to buy it at MSRP (or buy it, perhaps, initially). The 4070 in particular offers a jaw-dropping price for the performance value proposition that Speculation suggests.
And with the RTX 4070 likely not coming this year, as another rumour, grabbing the RTX 3090 Ti while it’s even cheaper isn’t a bad move – at least for those impatient to see how. Lovelace rollout and out of stock situation. We still advise ourselves to wait, but again, we understand those who want to make the leap now…
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