New nVidia GPU - best way to secure one upon release?

mazeroth

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I've been loving my 1080 Ti but have been itching big-time for an upgrade. I'm sure, at release, no matter the price, nVidia is going to sell out of their GPU's. What do you think is the best way for someone to secure one? I've never purchased a video card near a release, and have always waited a while for the demand to settle. However, with a new HP Reverb G2 on order, and a bunch of games I want to play on my new 4k projector, I'm willing to shell out $1000+. Are they typically released at midnight, and I'll have to fight other online shoppers? Does nVidia always release their FE cards first, and AIB's a few weeks/months later? I appreciate any input!
 

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I had no issue ordering a 2080 Ti off the NVIDIA website on release day. Also ordered a Titan X when it was released from their website. They use a third-party fulfillment service, though, so it takes a little longer to actually arrive compared to retailers.
 

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Good luck.

When the cards are actually released, availability will likely be considerably worse than any past launch in recent memory because of the massive supply-chain disruptions caused by the Chinese coronavirus.
 

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Keep a watch on like Bestbuy and other retail chains that sell Nvidia Founders Edition cards usually at msrp.
 

cybereality

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Nvidia usually launches 9AM in the morning (US California time). You can just keep refreshing their shop page.

I also found more luck with BestBuy getting video cards. Amazon and Newegg usually sell out immediately.
 

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Good luck.

When the cards are actually released, availability will likely be considerably worse than any past launch in recent memory because of the massive supply-chain disruptions caused by the Chinese coronavirus.
I'd expect nothing out of the ordinary on the supply side; they'll just delay the launch until they've got as much stock as they normally do. To the extent that anything might be worse than normal, it'd be from people sitting on their stimulus checks instead of having blown them on a new PC now. (A recent Gamers Nexus video reported on multiple OEMs saying when the money hit their sales jumped from the normal spring time yearly nadir to Black Friday/Christmas levels; which combined with holiday/corona shutdowns in China and reduced shipping capacity is why so much stuff is out of stock now.)
 

magoo

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Get up early.
Camp on nvidia page at least an hour before they start. Refresh alot.
Start checking newegg just after midnight the day they release.
I got a new gpu at 1 AM a while back.
Most of the time newegg will post up around 9 pacific.
Newegg however will jack the price where nvidia doesnt.
 

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Everyone pretty much covered it, except the other option of paying ass rape scalper prices on ebay.
 

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Unless they have a stock of like 10 I’m expecting availability over the first couple of day's will be better than it has been for years.

Lots of people just don’t have a lot of free cash atm
 

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I'd expect nothing out of the ordinary on the supply side; they'll just delay the launch until they've got as much stock as they normally do. To the extent that anything might be worse than normal, it'd be from people sitting on their stimulus checks instead of having blown them on a new PC now. (A recent Gamers Nexus video reported on multiple OEMs saying when the money hit their sales jumped from the normal spring time yearly nadir to Black Friday/Christmas levels; which combined with holiday/corona shutdowns in China and reduced shipping capacity is why so much stuff is out of stock now.)
The biggest difference this launch will be that it's been 2 years since the last one. That might create more demand than usual.
 

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Unless they have a stock of like 10 I’m expecting availability over the first couple of day's will be better than it has been for years.

Lots of people just don’t have a lot of free cash atm
I dunno, maybe. I’m going to be hitting refresh madly and I bet plenty here will be. The 2080 Ti was a pretty disappointing release but my 1080 Ti is really starting to show its age at 4K.
 

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I dunno, maybe. I’m going to be hitting refresh madly and I bet plenty here will be. The 2080 Ti was a pretty disappointing release but my 1080 Ti is really starting to show its age at 4K.
Yeah maybe, I’m in exactly the same boat and it will be a day 1 purchase but I’m an edge case of doing very well through the pandemic.

Probably will come down to Cyberpunk tbh. If hq has it making current gen cry like a bitch I can see a bunch of upgrades. 10s of millions of people unemployed is gonna have an effect on the market though no question.
 
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If you are too lazy to F5, at least sign up for nowinstock notifications. While people may beat you to check out in the first day or two, demand will start dropping down and you should be able to secure an order off the notification after a couple days.
 
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Back when the evga 1080sc came out shortly after Pascal release, I played the F5 game in a meeting on my phone and snagged two on newegg... LOL.
 

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My favorite was the GTX 980 launch.

About 30 minutes before the embargo, someone found a link that could add the card to your cart on Amazon.

You couldn't buy it from the page, but if you use the link, it would silently add to your cart, and then you could checkout.

It worked, and I bought 3 of them (back when I thought SLI was worthwhile). And, for one day, I got rank 11 on Catzilla.

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Probably could have overclocked and got into the top 10 but I didn't really care that much. Still fun times.
 

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Depending on the value proposition and production situation, it could be really hard to get the card you want at a decent price within the first few weeks, if the past is anything to go by.
Other than blind luck, if it's a situation where there isn't enough stock for for day 1 demand at retail price (which is very likely and to some extent encouraged,) most day 1 purchasers will be paying a premium (again, other than a small number with that crazy f5 place an order fast luck) .
It won't help that some ebay sellers will look to buy up anything at a decent price.
Then there's the wait for 3rd party coolers and prices period which makes you question whether you should buy a launch card even if you could get one at a good price - all in all, I find the current setup with GPUs (on both sides) to be a total fluster cluck. While consoles also can have some launch shortages, the situation quickly resolves, but the 2080 ti remained hard to get the right card at the right price since day 1. You had to make it a hobby to hunt one down at a good price until a year+ after release, which is really crappy. This is why some competition from AMD would be great, I really hope all this Navi 31 stuff turns out to be true and incoming, and that they are able to dampen the sense that there's no other game in town but the Ampere A102 for high end performance (or whatever the 3080ti / 3090 is).

Apple solved this problem with the iPhone launches by letting you order even with quite a backlog through their website and you would typically get your phone in 2 weeks at MSRP (for the last 2-3 years at least). In fact, in the last few years you could typically get easily a 20%+ discount by black friday which is not too far from the sept. launch window.

I hope there's enough stock and that Nvidia has some plan to deal with demand and avoid price gouging, but I doubt it.
 

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When the Ryzen 3000 series launched last summer, I showed up about an hour early to my local Micro Center, and was number 7 in line. I had a blast BS'ing with the other geeks, which I don't get to do that often, so I don't mind showing up 1-2 hours early with a McDonald's coffee and shooting the shit with other like-minded individuals. With that, anyone camp out at a MC in the past for a GPU launch? Does a crowd show up? By the time the doors opened to the MC last year, there were probably 50 people in line waiting to grab a CPU or GPU.
 
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