Nvidia’s RTX 4090 doesn’t hit shelves until October 12, which is still a few weeks away, and yet it looks like at least one person managed to buy the GPU sooner.
As VideoCardz (opens in new tab) reports, in Hong Kong a retailer is selling the Gigabyte RTX 4090, with evidence provided in like HK (opens in new tab) (an online forum in Hong Kong, which is essentially like Reddit). This includes photos, and many of them, showing the Gigabyte Gaming OC 4090 graphics card in question.
Of course, be skeptical of any leaks like this, but we already know that there are flagship GPUs being sent to reviewers – who obviously need to get the cards in good time to prepare their reviews for publication at launch.
However, even if you can get yourself an RTX 4090 – if you’re in Hong Kong and find the retailer who jumped in – it’s a worthless purchase right now, because without the new graphics driver that supports next-gen Lovelace, the product just won’t work.
Though you might have a head start when it comes to seeing how this beefy GPU fits into your PC’s case perhaps?
Rumor talks point to the Gigabyte card selling for HK$20,000 or so, which translates to around $2,500 in US currency (or £2,300, AU$3,800); way above the official MSRP of course (over 50% actually).
Still, what a person is willing to shell out to get a pre-release card obviously has no real meaning, and furthermore, third-party models have their own recommended prices (although the Gaming OC variant has historically not been one of the brands Gigabyte more expensive).
Review: A hopeful tip for the other Lovelace GPUs then?
What does have some significance, perhaps, is the fact that third-party RTX 4090 graphics cards have already been shipped to retailers quite a while before the official release date. And with any luck, that means we can expect a decent amount of stock from the get-go.
There are caveats here, of course, and with its price tag so high, the RTX 4090 GPU will be a niche proposition, so Nvidia is unlikely to produce them in droves. Also, Team Green won’t feel that selling is a bad thing either – it makes the cards look popular and in fact if they don’t sell it could be considered negative for the perception of the Lovelace flagship release.
Even so, this is still a hint that Team Green is well prepared for the initial release, and that bodes well for the stock RTX 4080, the slightly more affordable high-end GPUs (there are two of them, including a 12 GB that hides a dirty little secret). These products will follow the RTX 4090 and go on sale in November.
As for the really important GPUs, which we’re going to face, these will be the RTX 4070 and 4060 – they’ll be much more palatable prices – there’s probably still a lot of time before they launch, so Nvidia should be able to amass considerable inventory. It’s very likely that we won’t see any of these mainstream graphics cards until 2023, and we’re guessing a January reveal for one of them, or maybe even both.