Could we see something in the order of a 30% price hike over the RTX 3090?
Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti GPU pricing has leaked, and it seems that the new flagship graphics card could perhaps take a damage your wallet more than you might expect compared to the Nvidia RTX 3090.
As VideoCardz reports, purported prices have been spilled from at least two retailers from Swiss and Germany, and converted pricing gives a range of price tags from about $3,500 (around £2,560) to $4,500 (around £3,290).
Admittedly, two of the four prices mentioned – all of which are for MSI’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X, except in one case, where it’s MSI’s Gaming X Trio model – are at the lower end of the scale, but clearly these are going to be costly cards if these retailers are correct.
Naturally, we must be very cautious around any pre-release pricing, because often these tags can be mere placeholders, or guesswork, really. Certainly in the past such leaked figures have turned out to be wrong, but they can still be a useful ballpark figure.
Rather than try to rely on generally shaky currency conversions, VideoCardz also observes that in the case of the German site, an RTX 3090 (from Zotac) is listed for comparative pricing, and the 3090 Ti from MSI (Gaming X Trio) is 31% more expensive. That could be a more telling comparison, but again, exercise a great deal of caution around all of this.
Thin supply and price inflation
We didn’t really expect anything but a weighty asking price for the RTX 3090 Ti, of course, and it’s a fair guess that supply-wise, retailers likely aren’t going to be getting a large number of them – what with Nvidia’s ongoing inventory and production woes that aren’t expected to resolve until the second half of this year – so retailers will be looking to maximize profits on the stock they do receive. (Also, remember the most recent 3090 Ti news we heard, about purported production snags which may delay the arrival of the Ampere GPU – it’s expected, or was expected, to pitch up at the end of January).
If the price jumped 30% for the 3090 Ti, the performance increase the card provides at these dizziest heights of GPU pricing isn’t likely to add up. Particularly for around the same money (in US dollars) you can buy an Alienware gaming PC with not just an RTX 3090, but a Core-i9 11900KF CPU and all the other trimmings (including 32GB of system RAM).
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