In another sign that the GPU inventory crisis is really starting to resolve itself, EVGA has begun shedding its graphics card queuing system that was designed to help the average buyer (read: gamers) grab a card, instead. instead of saying a bot or reseller.

EVGA introduced this system in October 2020, to ensure a fair deal for its RTX 3000 graphics cards. Out of stock at the time, potential buyers could join a queue to purchase when inventory arrived, and when notified that it was their shift, they had little time (eight hours) to complete the order.

Either way, the graphics card maker no longer sees a need to keep the queuing scheme in place and is therefore starting to discontinue it, not all at once, but seemingly on a model-by-model basis.

EVGA is starting with its FTW3 models, which have the highest stock levels, and as reported by Tom's Hardware (opens in a new tab), the tech site has received notification that the RTX 3080 FTW3 Gaming will no longer be available. in the system GPU queue, starting tomorrow (June 23).

If you receive such a notification by email, of course there is no need to panic - you can go to the EVGA store and buy the graphics card you were looking for anyway, because the reason for leaving the queue is that the business now has inventory on hand.

It seems reasonable to assume that other models will be removed from the queuing system, although EVGA has yet to say so, and in the email Tom received, the company noted that the queuing system would remain for "high-demand products." . .

Analysis: The good news keeps coming with GPUs

This is yet another sign that the stock Nvidia RTX 3000 is picking up some speed now, which is obviously good news for gamers looking to buy an Ampere GPU. In fact, we've heard on the grapevine that Nvidia might even delay the announcement of its RTX 4000 graphics cards to give the RTX 3000s in stock a chance to sell, potentially anticipating that there could be excess uncleared inventory, which wouldn't be. good if people start to put their purchasing ambitions on hold to wait for next-gen GPUs (after seeing them revealed).

Of course, this is happening in the larger landscape of GPU availability, with AMD graphics cards also increasing in number on shelves. The current crypto crash means that miners are also trying to sell used GPUs (in a hurry, with bargain prices positively dropping on eBay), and if those cards do sell (we'd be extremely cautious before buying one, beware, with all the miles you'll have on the proverbial clock), will somehow siphon off sales of the new GPUs.

With better availability, of course, comes a better price, or at least not stupidly inflated price tags, and of course, according to a very recent report, asking prices for graphics cards (in Europe) are at normal levels, which That stands for Manufacturer Recommended Retail Price (MSRP). In fact, AMD RX 6000 GPUs are now at 92% of their MSRP on average, so they're now a bit lower, but Nvidia's RTX 3000 offerings are still slightly above MSRP (102%).

Why are Nvidia prices taking longer to drop? It appears to be a simple matter of increased demand for RTX 3000 GPUs, which you can clearly see when you look at, for example, Newegg's best-selling graphics card list, where Team Green's products occupy the entire top 30. The situation has been It has tilted this way for quite some time, but never before to this extent...

The real choice gamers have to make now is to wait longer for prices to drop even further, which seems quite likely given all the pressure in the market right now and how close next-gen GPUs are (which should start from September according to most). probable predictions of the rumor mill).

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