Tech & Science RTX 3060: Nvidia's newest graphics card is being offered at exorbitant prices even before it goes on sale.

18:35  22 february  2021
18:35  22 february  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The Geforce RTX 3060 is actually not on the market yet. Apparently, this does not prevent resellers from offering Nvidia's new mid-range graphics card at inflated prices online.

Nvidia-Grafikkarten sind bei Scalpern beliebt. © Kiklas / Shutterstock.com Nvidia graphics cards are popular with scalpers.

Nvidia's graphics cards of the Geforce RTX 30 series are a popular target for scalpers, who use bots to buy up large parts of the inventory of online shops in order to then sell them on at inflated prices due to their low availability and high demand. Now the somewhat less powerful Geforce RTX 3060 is being offered online at exorbitant prices - the graphics card will not be officially released until February 25th.

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According to the online publisher Videocardz, which specializes in graphics cards, three Geforce RTX 3060s manufactured by Gigabyte have already been offered for sale on a Belarusian trading platform. The seller charges the equivalent of around 887 euros per piece. For comparison: Nvidia's recommended retail price is 329 euros.

It cannot be verified whether the seller was really able to secure three of the new graphics cards in advance. However, the ad contains photos of the packaging. The description of the offer states that one of the cards was unpacked for testing purposes.

seller could be a disappointed crypto miner

Videocardz speculates that the seller had purchased the graphics cards for crypto mining, but was then possibly dissatisfied with the performance. The RTX graphics cards are also hard to come by because they are good for crypto mining.

To counteract this fact, Nvidia has integrated a mechanism into the RTX 3060, which is supposed to recognize when the card is being used for mining. Then the hashrate is automatically reduced by about half. The aim is to make the map less interesting for miners.

If the Belarusian offer is genuine, it could also simply be a scalper that has explicitly purchased the graphics cards for resale.

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