Another day, another terrible launch in 2020. Wherever you look, you’re not going to find the new GPU. On launch day, everywhere seemed to have very limited stock and were sold out within minutes. Newegg.com began selling the RTX 3060 Ti units at 6 am PST. Within five minutes those were all gone. Best Buy, another US source for the items, was also sold out extremely quickly. For the replacement to the $400 2060 SUPER to get this annoying of a launch, it really feels like Nvidia decided to go with a paper launch, because they didn’t care about the blowback.
And gamers are really not happy. Videos, tweets and social media posts by the thousand flooded in from gamers annoyed at another irritatingly shallow launch.
GPU launches have been plagued by scalpers for a while now, and this one was no different. Although some sources reported things may have been better in other regions. One outlet reached out to various retailers and reported something curious. Most of the retailers Hardware Canucks contacted told them that they had stock similar to most of the other 30-series launches, although some did say to expect lower stock levels.
It was all very much expected though, as everyone pretty much agrees that right now is the worst time to try and build a new gaming PC. The CPU prices, even for older Ryzen models, are completely out of whack thanks to reduced production. There’s very much this expectation that gamers will have to wait until April 2021 or later to get sane pricing and stock again.
It seems like Nvidia did what they could, but decided that it was just the best they could do to get something out in the middle of the holiday rush of 2020. This will be either a very poor or good decision, depending on who you ask. Some gamers feel slighted that they will likely have to wait months before pricing cools down to build their new PC.
The Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti is a great card for $400, but good luck getting one.