Home Gaming Nvidia’s RTX 3000 Series graphics cards are going to cost you a lot

Nvidia’s RTX 3000 Series graphics cards are going to cost you a lot

2 min read
23

GeForce RTX 3080

So much for affordable next-gen PC gaming. Nvidia’s reveal of its new line of Ampere-powered cards got plenty of tongues wagging this week. Not only was the technology on display better, chunkier, and housed in a gargantuan slab of aluminium, the pricing wasn’t too shabby at all. At $499 for a GPU that was on par with Nvidia’s flagships from last year, now was as good a time as any to put some cash aside for hardware that would kick the settings of any game into maximum overdrive.

While PC users were well aware that there wouldn’t be a direct Rand to Dollar exchange for the final pricing, the RRP of these cards did at least prepare consumers for what they’d be paying the very minimum for. As a reminder, here are the US prices and how much they work out to, roughly:

  • GeForce RTX 3070 – $499 (R8,314)
  • GeForce RTX 3080 – $699 (R9.980)
  • GeForce RTX 3090 – $1,499 (R24,977)

So once all the other taxes and costs in importing these cards have been applied, how much will they actually cost at the end of the day? A chuffing lot, if Evetech’s prices are to be believed. While we’re still waiting to see if they’re placeholder prices, Evetech’s prices have currently resulted in a national pandemic of ruined PC monitors due to everyone spitting their morning caffeine out when they saw how much the new ASUS and MSI RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 cards will cost.

At the very bottom, you’ll pay R15,499 for an MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 2X 8GB, while the very top of the list will set you back Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 money for a ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090 OC 24GB Gaming, at R46,999. Roughly, those prices and everything in between is working out to double the cost of what other markets will be paying:

RTX 3070

  • MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 2X 8GB – R15,499
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X 8GB – R15,499
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X 8GB OC – R15,999
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 2X 8GB OC – R15,999
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming TRIO 8GB – R16,499
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X TRIO 8GB – R16,999

RTX 3080

  • ASUS TUF RTX 3080 10GB Gaming – R20,599
  • ASUS TUF RTX 3080 OC 10GB Gaming – R21,399
  • ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 10GB Gaming – R22,799
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 10GB – R23,499
  • ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 OC 10GB Gaming – R23,699
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 10GB OC – R23,999
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming TRIO 10GB – R24,499
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X TRIO 10GB – R24,999

RTX 3090

  • MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ventus 3X 24GB GDDR6X – R39,499
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ventus 3X 24GB OC – R39,999
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming TRIO 24GB – R41,499
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X TRIO 24GB – R41,999
  • ASUS TUF RTX 3090 24GB Gaming – R43,199
  • ASUS TUF RTX 3090 OC 24GB Gaming – R43,899
  • ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090 24GB Gaming – R45,399
  • ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090 OC 24GB Gaming – R46,499

Maybe PC gaming is expensive. I’m genuinely hoping that these are placeholder prices, and that sanity is restored. Alternatively you can grab one of last year’s fantastic cards from the 2000 series, provided that you can find one. They all seem to have mysteriously disappeared…

Last Updated: September 4, 2020

23 Comments

  1. Caveshen Rajman

    September 4, 2020 at 15:11

    It’s so crazy how all that available stock of RTX2000 cards from earlier in the week was magically bought up on the exact day Nvidia revealed the RTX3000 cards, what a crazy coinciden–oh, I see other places do have RTX2000 cards in stock, interesting. INTERESTING.

    Local retailers, man.

    Reply

    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 4, 2020 at 17:10

      Local retailers have always been scum, bud. It would be interesting if someone investigated price fixing and collusion among some of our online stores. They’re probably worse then the bread guys.

      Reply

      • JimboJambo

        September 7, 2020 at 10:18

        Wootware direct imports Palit, Galax and Zotac for nvidia cards and XFX for AMD. those brands at woot have always been far better priced than other SKUs at any retailer. If there is anyone that can give us a decent price, its them. hopefully.

        Reply

  2. Viper_ZA

    September 4, 2020 at 15:29

    At R45k you should be buying a full rig, hard pass, thanks!

    Reply

    • Chris Summers

      September 4, 2020 at 17:10

      And a pretty damn good one at that

      Reply

  3. Seeker

    September 4, 2020 at 15:39

  4. Seeker

    September 4, 2020 at 15:43

    SA PC retailers are pricing themselves out of business especially since you can import from Amazon with taxes and duty fees paid for much less than buying the parts locally.

    Reply

    • Frik van der Hewerskink

      September 4, 2020 at 15:47

      yeah my entire friend group already said that if these prices are sticking, we will import from amazon or newegg. they are going to burn their own fingers

      Reply

    • Son of Banana Jim

      September 4, 2020 at 17:10

      A few years ago, it was a lot cheaper to buy games and movies from HMV or Amazon UK/US and even some of the asian online stores. The only downside was having to wait a bit for your packages to arrive.

      Local retailers complained like you wouldn’t believe. I remember even the once mighty and influential NAG wrote a dumb OP-ed about how we were supposed to support local (even though those rats were price-gouging us).

      It’s good to that local retailers didn’t learn a thing from those years (and are back to trying to price gouge us). Quite frankly, you might as well, give the locals a finger and save big by importing yourself. (slightly off topic but still relevant) I have a feeling, it might be cheaper again to buy a launch console from overseas and importing it.

      https://media3.giphy.com/media/l3diZvqxeitf83UCA/giphy.gif

      Reply

      • Seeker

        September 4, 2020 at 17:30

        I think you might be right about consoles being cheaper overseas. I was contemplating importing one if the price is cheaper there but unlike PC components I would have to deal with a different plug system. Which I’m not too keen on.

        Reply

  5. CrAiGiSh

    September 4, 2020 at 15:43

    Was eyeing the 3070 but will have to rethink it now.

    Reply

  6. Random Citizen

    September 4, 2020 at 20:52

    Evetech is insane… Either its placeholders or they are really cash grabbing and making us all to be fools.
    Does evetech not see that any normal thinking person can see this is a total ripoff

    Reply

  7. Ice_Dude

    September 4, 2020 at 22:23

    I don’t get it, When did MSI & Asus release their official prices ?

    Reply

    • JimboJambo

      September 7, 2020 at 10:18

      They didn’t, not even amazon had listings the day evetech put their SKU’s up on their site. Its an exaggerated place holder price point so they can discount it minimally later to look like saints to the morons that have more money than sense.

      Reply

  8. bugs_bunny

    September 4, 2020 at 22:47

    So I’m just gonna put my 2 cents in here, guys. . Look closer at the product stack on evetech. .do you see any “cuda cores”on the newer cards? Evetech is hiding the fact that these new cards are gonna mop the floor with the 2000 series. . Nobody in their right mind will pay 10k for a 2060 super when the 3070 is gonna be 2 times faster for less money, this is all a marketing scheme so their old stock can get sold out, otherwise it costs the company money

    I was thinking of this the entire day long, why do they do this? Then it hit me when I looked closer at the pictures

    Imagine this, take the previous lineup of the 2060 super and multiply that cuda count with 2, theres your 3060’s cudas

    They even said the 3060 is gonna outperform the 2080

    Reply

    • bugs_bunny

      September 4, 2020 at 23:04

      Im not saying what they are doing is wrong. . Somehow people need to make money, but thats just how the bussniss world works, if I was a retailer. . I wouldve done the same. . .

      Reply

      • bugs_bunny

        September 4, 2020 at 23:04

        I did hear from a friend that apparently our goverment decided to increase taxes on devices to 100%, so that can also be the issue but fear not, the community will change this, whats the point of selling cards for so high if nobody intends to buy them?

        Reply

        • bugs_bunny

          September 4, 2020 at 23:04

          Somewhere along the line the 2000 series will be discontinued and then you will see theres no prices to compare with

          Reply

    • CTxG “DarkPsylince” Psylince

      September 5, 2020 at 16:06

      They have a 2060 Super at a higher price than a 2070 Super on their site.

      Reply

  9. Gerrie Bossert

    September 5, 2020 at 08:37

    HI;

    just to share abit of light on the situation. its not the retailers that are listing these prices. this comes directly from MSI South Africa and ASUS.

    Reply

  10. CTxG “DarkPsylince” Psylince

    September 5, 2020 at 16:06

    They ridiculous. Customs works like so, 10% added for customs and 15% Tax. Then shipping …and since I brought in via air freight which is heavy on pricing my 10Kg parcel cost me 5 grand shipping. Njoy evetech, we’ll just buy outside ZA and have them ship it for under 1k! 47k for a GPU! How in fcks name did you work that out since this range of card is cheaper than the 20 series and the rand hasn’t changed on dollar to that extent.

    Reply

  11. Humaid Ebrahim

    September 6, 2020 at 01:26

    Bunch of scammers

    Reply

  12. JimboJambo

    September 7, 2020 at 10:10

    Evetech is a fat joke at this point and I wouldnt risk my warranty at this point with them. Wootware gets direct import cards from Palit, Zotac and Galax. For reference a 2070Super Palit Jetstream at Wootware is R10k and the AORUS and other brands alike are R13k+ whilst both carrying a 3yr warranty. This is most likely because they get to dodge the distributor markup on those products.

    It’s also safe to say Wootware probably has the best customer service pertaining to tech retailers.
    Evetech is nothing but bad experiences, their products have even been banned from being sold on Carbonite…

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Check Also

Nvidia to finally stop support for Windows 7 and 8

It's hard to believe that the likes of Windows 7 and 8 are still being use by people, but …