Nvidia supposedly released a $ 329 graphics card today, the GeForce RTX 3060, but I have yet to see a lot of evidence.
Orders started today at 9 a.m. M. PT / 12 p. M. ET for a card whose list prices ranged from $ 329.99 to $ 629.99, with an average of $ 471. Those are not reseller prices, though. These are the retail prices set by Nvidia partners.
From what I can tell, the only places that claimed to have a card for $ 329.99 were the Newegg website and EVGA, and neither of them simply put the card up for sale – Newegg is just raffling off opportunities to buy the cards , and EVGA has a queue where you hit the “notify me” button. In both cases, wait for the company to send you an email with good news.
The draw and the queue are good things in my opinion! It means that you might have a chance to get one. You have until 12pm PT / 3pm ET today to enter the Newegg Shuffle, which also features a PS5 bundle, and you’ll know at 2pm PT / 5pm ET if you’re lucky. But it also means that we will have little evidence that $ 329 is the true price of this GPU.
There’s also the question of whether Nvidia initially managed to ship lots of 3060s. Queues and giveaways aside, today it seemed to have the scarcest GPU availability yet, with some accusing Nvidia of a very similar “paper release” to AMD’s RX 6800 series in November. PCGamer I stopped live posting the release after an hour of failure. Best Buy barely had them. At some other retailers, they never showed up. I saw lists of some versions directly taken from the web. Micro Center only had them in store.
One plus point (for US gamers anyway): Best Buy ended up restocking a variety of other Nvidia GPUs these days, with the 3060 Ti, 3070, and even the harder-to-find 3080 popping up every now and then.
In fact, it may have shown just how difficult the RTX 3060 launch is – I was sitting on Falcodrin’s Twitch channel, a popular hangout where people try to track cards and share their success, and Falcodrin conducted a poll where Only two people admitted to catching a 3060 at all:
It’s also worth noting that at least two of the four graphics cards that supposedly cost $ 329.99 suspiciously look like token offers to hit that price. EVGA has a nearly identical second version of the 3060 with a very slightly higher boost clock that retails for $ 390.
And while Newegg might be listing Zotac’s 3060 Twin Edge for $ 329.99, Zotac lists it and briefly sold the exact same card this morning for $ 479.99. (I saw the Add to Cart button in an update, but the Zotac website crashed and was out of stock as soon as I got back.)
The RTX 3060 is a good card, but even at $ 330 I think you might want to wait and see what’s next, as the 3060 Ti is so much better. At $ 400 and up, that doubles. But maybe you had no other option to start. We asked Nvidia if they have any more ideas and we’ll let you know what we hear. EVGA would only confirm that it is shipping a $ 329.99 GPU and that “we have more supply on the way.”