Just like we saw with the RTX 3090 and the RTX 3080 before it, Nvidia’s RTX 3070 has completely sold out within minutes post-launch. They are, at this point, completely impossible to find and will likely remain this way for the coming weeks.
Due to the speed at which the RTX 3070 sold out across retailers worldwide, it’s likely this was another instance of scalpers beating out the “real” people.
This comes amid promises from Nvidia to increase stock and fight back against the scalpers that have been cleaning out supplies for every recent graphics card release. However, it’s very clear that either the scalpers are smarter than Nvidia, Best Buy, Newegg, etc, or they simply don’t care as sales are sales.
Being an optimist, I’d prefer to imagine that the scalpers are simply smarter than all of the major online retailers as well as Nvidia themselves… Opposed to them not caring that cards are being scalped because their bottom lines aren’t being impacted.
What’s really disappointing with this botched release is the insane value that the RTX 3070 brought to the table. For half the price of an RTX 2080 Ti, you would have been getting a GPU that can match it and even outperform it in some games. The RTX 3070 is, hands down, the best value GPU we’ve seen since the incredible GTX 970 release. I know it sounds odd to call a GTX 970 incredible, but when they released they most definitely were.
With that all said, the odds of getting yourself one of the new RTX 3000-series GPUs is… Well… Practically nonexistent unless you’re willing to spend 2x from a scalper – something I would never do myself, nor would I ever suggest doing.