Nvidia and AMD tackled the big shortage of GPUs today, revealing that it can take many months before you can easily find a card like the RTX 3080 on the shelves. They no tell us how much Trump’s updated import tax on graphics cards could affect their prices – but now Nvidia EVGA and Zotac partners may have done it for us
Both graphics card makers have already raised their prices, with EVGA following Asus’ lead, openly admitting at the top of its website that it is making these adjustments. Zotac, on the other hand, seems to have quietly raised prices not once but twice in recent weeks ̵
Here is the EVGA statement, for descendants only:
Due to current events, EVGA has made price adjustments to GeForce RTX 30 Series products. This change was necessary due to several factors and will take effect on January 11, 2021. EVGA is working to reduce and minimize these costs as much as possible. For those currently on EVGA.com’s notification system or to increase the queue, EVGA will comply with the initial MSRP prices until April 16, 2021, if your purchase item is processed before that date.
As EVGA suggests, the price increase is not so drastic – only an increase of $ 70 on most cards and it is good that they follow their trading program for several months. The RTX 3060 Ti is only $ 460, the same as a friend of mine recently paid at the Central Computers store for just that card in the SF Bay area.
Zotac, on the other hand, increased the price of even its most basic cards by $ 90-100 and much more than that for the RTX 3090:
- from $ 440 to $ 500 and now $ 530 for the RTX 3060 Ti
- from $ 540 to $ 600 and now $ 640 for the RTX 3070
- from $ 750 to $ 780 and now $ 840 for the RTX 3080
- from $ 1550 to $ 1580 and now $ 1900 for the RTX 3090
None of this matters unless you can find it, of course. That’s why we again have the latest guidance from AMD and Nvidia.