Several Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics cards are now listed for pre-order at a major US retailer, and the good news – well, in a way – is that the cards are more reasonably priced than some people expected, and indeed , MSRP for some third-party models.
Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) pointed to the product listings that went up at Best Buy for the RTX 4090, as highlighted by one of the regular Twitter leakers we heard from, @momomo_us.
Those listings include the Gigabyte RTX 4090 WindForce and the MSI RTX 4090 Gaming X Trio, with both graphics cards priced that are MSRP – $1,599 in the US (about £1,460, AU$2,480) – exactly the same as the ones themselves. Nvidia Founders Core Product Edition.
We can also see Gigabyte’s RTX 4090 Gaming OC that runs with an overclock (that’s what the OC in the name means) and costs $1,700 (about £1,550, AU$2,630).
Finally, there’s an MSI RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X priced at $1,750 (about £1,600, AU$2,700), a thinner board with a sophisticated cooling system that employs a 240mm external radiator for ultra-thin slenderness. two slots (all previously mentioned models take up three PCIe slots due to their thickness).
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These prices are in stark contrast to the launch of current-gen Ampere graphics cards, where Nvidia’s GPUs were all tagged in one way or another due to a seriously out-of-control supply and demand situation (and price inflation later became even worse when the scalpers got involved). And of course, Team Green’s flagship models are already expensive enough without any premium at the top.
So it’s nice to see custom RTX 4090 graphics cards showing up in the MSRP right off the bat, and higher-end models – which will always cost more – not having a big extra request at the top. There’s always the possibility that Best Buy prices are substitutes, but with the launch in just under two weeks (October 12) we’re thinking that’s probably not the case.
Of course, we say it’s good to see this, but really, that’s what we expect. You know, graphics cards priced at the recommended level, or at least some of them. With any luck, Nvidia will be able to ship a decent amount of chips to the RTX 4090 to avoid shortages, but since it’s a niche proposition – most people won’t spend that much on their entire PC, let’s face it – demand won’t be great. But if the stock is small, the danger of price manipulation and the like remains.
The really interesting part will be the release of the RTX 4080, which arrives in November, and how inventory issues and pricing will drop with this slightly more (relatively) affordable GPU – or at least the lower-tier card with 12GB of VRAM. . Yes, in case you missed it, there are two separate variants of the RTX 4080, the smaller spec that some theorized was originally intended to be the RTX 4070.