EVGA has just slashed the price of its base RTX 3090 Ti graphics card to $1,000 below its US suggested retail price, a clear sign that high-end GPU prices are still falling rapidly.
Yes, an eagle-eyed Twitter resident saw that there is clearly a thousand dollars of the FTW3 gaming model (opens in new tab)which has a suggested retail price of $2,150 and is now $1,150 on the cardmaker’s online store, so it’s almost half the price now.
Holy crap, but Jay said to buy now? pic.twitter.com/G96qqouSqHAugust 6, 2022
The FTW3 Ultra Gaming model isn’t much more expensive at $1,200, with a slightly higher boost speed (so it’s definitely another option if the base FTW3 graphics card isn’t in stock).
Note that the official MSRP for the RTX 3090 Ti is $2,000 (£1,879, AU$2,499), but EVGA has a slight premium on its FTW3 versions due to improved cooling systems that allow the GPU to run slightly faster.
Analysis: buy or wait?
To put this price in perspective with the rest of the range: EVGA’s RTX 3080 Ti now costs $1,100, so you can get the 3090 Ti for just fifty bucks more, making it a no-brainer for those wanting a top-end — end Ampere graphics card from EVGA at the moment (assuming their PC case, thermals and PSU can handle the 3090 Ti of course).
As you may recall, Nvidia recently officially cut the RTX 3090 Ti to $1,500 (along with price cuts for other top-end Ampere graphics cards), but the flagship GPU seems to be tumbling from even that lower level quickly. For example, at Newegg you can now buy a Zotac 3090 Ti for $1,240, but the price of EVGA undercuts that by nearly another hundred dollars.
Something we’ve consistently heard lately is that Nvidia’s partners have a surplus stock of RTX 3000 cards to clear, and this seems like a pretty clear indication that this may indeed be the case.
It’s certainly a big price cut by EVGA, and as the next generation of Lovelace GPUs are about to launch now, the first to go out the door will reportedly be the RTX 4090 – so it makes sense that the biggest discounts should be applied to the top end. RTX 3090 and 3090 Ti first, as these will quickly become less tempting proposals as Lovelace’s release time approaches.
What could happen now is more graphics card manufacturers lower their 3090 Ti prices (and maybe other high-end Nvidia models), and we could see a race to sell them — possibly. That said, if we’re looking at nearly half price at all, there has to be a limit to how low things will go, and at the current price point, the EVGA RTX 3090 Ti doesn’t look too shabby to say the least.
On the other hand, when Lovelace arrives, rumor has it that the RTX 4070 could be the equal of the 3090 Ti (or maybe even a bit faster) – but then it’s expected to be the most popular model of the more expensive Lovelace range. will be , so buying at the MSRP can be challenging (or maybe even buying initially). Especially if the 4070 offers as astonishing price for the performance value proposition as speculation seems to suggest.
And since the RTX 4070 may not arrive this year, as another rumor claims, grabbing the RTX 3090 Ti might not be such a bad move when it gets even cheaper – at least for those who don’t have the patience to see how Lovelace’s rollout and inventory situation is coming out. We’d still advise waiting yourself, but again, we’d understand those who want to take the plunge now…
Via VideoCardz (opens in new tab)