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EVGA Starts to Kill GPU Queue Orders as Inventory Normalizes

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Gaming
(Image credit: EVGA)

EVGA has begun cutting the cord on its GPU Queue program for good as graphics card inventory returns to normal. But, instead of deleting the program all at once, EVGA is killing off its GPU queue orders per GPU model, starting with the EVGA FTW3 models, which have the highest availability. In our case, we received an email that the GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Gaming - one of the best graphics cards for gaming, will no longer be available in the GPU queue starting on the 23rd.

With the recent cryptocurrency mining crash and the reduction of GPU prices, it was inevitable that EVGA would no longer need the GPU queue order for buying and selling goods. As a result, we fully expect EVGA to delete the queue at some point. But that will depend entirely on when EVGA receives enough volume for every single graphics card product it sells.

If you are still in the queue for a product, don't worry, you will receive a notification that your queue order will get deleted and that you can buy your graphics card from EVGA's store directly. In our case, we were notified two days in advance that EVGA removed all pending orders for the GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Gaming due to an influx of GPU stock for this particular model.

GeForce RTX 3080 (Image credit: EVGA)

We don't know how many other GeForce RTX 30-series (Ampere) GPUs will drop out of the program; all we know about is our GeForce RTX 3080 order. But there's a good chance many other models are getting cut, especially the higher-tier products like the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and GeForce RTX 3090, which don't see as much selling traffic as lower-end models.

But, despite the high inventory for the GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 and other models we might not know about, don't expect any discounts on EVGA's store. Most cards are still selling for high prices, with no cards at MSRP. As a result, we recommend you check out other retailers such as Newegg for better GPU prices on RTX 30-series GPUs.

Either way, this is yet another good sign that GPU prices are hurdling down to MSRP, and now is the best time to buy a modern gaming GPU if you don't want to wait for next-generation GPUs.

Aaron Klotz
Aaron Klotz

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • lancelot123
    I've been in queue since Dec 2020 and I still haven't been able to get one. I'm literally never buying anything from EVGA again.
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  • giorgiog
    lancelot123 said:
    I've been in queue since Dec 2020 and I still haven't been able to get one. I'm literally never buying anything from EVGA again.

    How is it EVGA's fault they couldn't source the model you were in the queue for?
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  • lancelot123
    giorgiog said:
    How is it EVGA's fault they couldn't source the model you were in the queue for?
    I never said it was only one model, I had a few. 3060s 3070s and 3080s
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  • Eximo
    Their queue was VERY long, particularly on the mid-range models, and they give each person (account) that signed up 20 hours to place their order. That is going to add up very fast.
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  • hotaru.hino
    giorgiog said:
    How is it EVGA's fault they couldn't source the model you were in the queue for?
    Honestly I'm expecting there to be a lot of upset customers who will do something like swear off EVGA. I've been in the queue since around week 1 or week 2 of launch and the only update I got was they put me in the queue for the LHR models. Then they announced they were discontinuing the program. Which means waiting in queue was a waste of time if I really wanted a card because now I have to go through the same channels as everyone else.

    EVGA should've at least serviced those who were in a queue first while trickling stock to first come, first serve.
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  • gggplaya
    This is everything they have in stock: https://www.evga.com/articles/01557/nvidia-restocked-reloaded/
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  • Eximo
    I was after FTW3 3080 and 3080Ti myself, I imagine those queues were shorter. I think I signed up in early 2021, got an offer in April of 2022. Though I had already bought a FTW3 3080Ti through the Newegg shuffle by that point, September 2021 if I recall.

    With the market settling out, it didn't seem to make sense to buy another one and attempt to sell it. And I certainly had no need for another card that powerful.

    Oddly have my eye on an entry level Intel GPU, just for giggles.
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  • bigdragon
    giorgiog said:
    How is it EVGA's fault they couldn't source the model you were in the queue for?
    I put several 3080 and a couple 3070 models on my notify queue back in 2020. Never got one (I only wanted one -- not everything with a queue entry). Saw those same EVGA models show up for sale on Amazon and BestBuy multiple times in 2021 while prices continued to rise. Today in 2022: still no notifies. Seeing EVGA toss out the queue makes me feel like they lied to me and never had any intention of selling me a GPU.

    I do understand that the notify queue is probably full of people who no longer want the GPUs. Most of those notifies are likely not resulting in sales anymore. That would easily explain why the queue would be thrown out. Honestly, I wouldn't buy today either. EVGA should still send out a private link to those in the queue still interested in buying (just not individual links).
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  • Phaaze88
    I signed up only for a 3080FTW3 Hybrid - likely a big mistake on my part - back in early Jan '21.
    Gave up in May due to running out of patience, the psu transient issues, and the on board fuze poppings to dead gpu.
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  • ThatMouse
    EVGA's queue is a joke. They never emailed me when they became available. However, I wasn't going to pay $1100 anyway. The 3080's seem to be stuck at ~$1000.
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