The GeForce RTX 3080, Nvidia’s cutting edge graphics card aimed at hardcore PC gamers, finally went on sale on Thursday. Just as quickly as it appeared, it vanished.
Disappointed fans took to Twitter en masse with reports of missing out on the expensive new component, which sold out almost everywhere online almost immediately. The Verge reported that major tech vendors like Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, and even Nvidia itself were out of stock before noon.
The 3080 is the mid-level GPU being released as part of Nvidia’s new “30 Series,” graphics cards capable of outpacing the likes of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and easily able to smoothly render games in 4K. The 3080 launched on Thursday for $699. Nvidia will launch the highest-end card, the RTX 3090, on Sept. 24 for $1,499, followed by the low-end 3070 on Oct. 15 for $499.
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