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Need a GeForce RTX 3000 GPU? GameStop Can Hook You Up

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As reported by PCMag, GameStop has undertaken a new business venture. The renowned video game retailer has started selling computer hardware on its online store, including Nvidia's elusive GeForce RTX 3000 (Ampere) offerings that are among the best graphics cards that money can buy -- or rather cannot buy.

When a company has spent a lifetime doing the same thing, it's difficult for it to leave its comfort zone. In fact, many companies end up going out of business if they don't get with the times. It's commendable that GameStop is taking a crack at being a computer hardware retailer, especially in these difficult times. With this new endeavor, GameStop will be joining the ranks of seasoned veterans, such as Newegg, Micro Center, Best Buy and Amazon - just to name some.

GameStop won't just stop at selling computer hardware either. In its Q4 2020 earnings call, CEO George Sherman reaffirmed the company's commitment to expand its catalog of products to cover a wide variety of other gaming-oriented products, including laptops, routers and monitors.

"We are continuing the work to expand our addressable market by growing GameStop's product catalog. This includes growing our product offerings across PC gaming, computers, monitors, game tables, mobile gaming and gaming TVs, to name only a few. These categories represent natural extensions that our customers would expect to buy from us, expanding our addressable market size by over five times, and over time, will reduce our reliance on the cyclicality of the console-based gaming market."

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 Graphics Cards

Graphics CardPricingNewegg PricingAvailability
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X 24G$2,339.99$2,269.99?
Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090$2,299.99$2,239.99?
EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra Gaming$1,979.99$1,919.99?
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio$1,969.99$2,169.99?
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X 10G$1,059.99$1,139.99?
Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080$1,049.99$1,119.99?
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio$979.99$1,109.99?
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080$979.99$874.99?
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra Gaming$929.99$899.99?
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Suprim X 8G$879.99$829.99?
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio$819.99$779.9904/16/2021
EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra Gaming$719.99$699.99?
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio$689.99$649.9904/16/2021
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming$529.99N/A?
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC Gaming$409.99N/A?

When it comes to Ampere, GameStop will be selling almost every SKU from the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti to the flagship GeForce RTX 3090. The retailer's current collection is made up of big-name brands, like Asus, EVGA and MSI. The majority of the graphics cards are unavailable for purchase as GameStop probably doesn't have stock yet. It's likely that the retailer is still preparing the product pages so more models may appear down the line. However, some of the graphics cards are labelled with an expectance date for April 16.

The product pages show that GameStop will allow online purchases as the retailer offers the option to send the product to your home or customers can go pick it up at one of GameStop's brick-and-mortar stores. It remains to be seen whether GameStop's business model will include physically selling the products at their stores. For example, Micro Center typically sells processors for below their MSRP, but the retailer limits the orders to in-store purchases only. GameStop will certainly earn brownie points with enthusiasts if the store offers a similar option as it would help crackdown on the scalpers.

Taking into account the current situation that we're living in, it'd be foolish to think that you can find a custom Ampere graphics cards at the manufacturer's MSRP. With all things considered, GameStop's pricing looks competitive though. There's a price variation up to 13% between GameStop and Newegg. Some models are cheaper at the first, while others are more affordable at the latter. Unfortunately, we've reached the point where the winning retailer isn't the one who sells the same graphics card for cheaper, but the one who actually has it in stock.

  • Giroro
    It's sad that Micro Center (a tiny semi-regional chain with only 25 locations) makes the short list of hardware sellers with newegg, bestbuy, and Amazon.
    It really makes you realize how few options there are to buy PC components in the US.
    I'm pretty sure there's more Best Buy locations within 50 miles of me than there are Micro Centers in the entire world. (And best buy really sucks as a place to buy pc parts)
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  • exploding_psu
    Giroro said:
    It's sad that Micro Center (a tiny semi-regional chain with only 25 locations) makes the short list of hardware sellers with newegg, bestbuy, and Amazon.
    It really makes you realize how few options there are to buy PC components in the US.
    I'm pretty sure there's more Best Buy locations within 50 miles of me than there are Micro Centers in the entire world. (And best buy really sucks as a place to buy pc parts)

    At least you got Micro Centers. I've heard lots of good things about them. Whenever I ask someone where to buy PC parts, micro centers always appear among the list of best locations. Unfortunately for me, the nearest store is about 9000 miles from where I live.
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  • rundropglide
    I don't see a single graphics card for sale at Gamestop.... is this some sort of hype to try to drive up the Gamestop stock price?
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  • King_V
    rundropglide said:
    I don't see a single graphics card for sale at Gamestop.... is this some sort of hype to try to drive up the Gamestop stock price?
    Did you join the site just to spout this kind of conspiracy-theory crap?

    Game Stop's website isn't great in terms of navigation, but it took, what, two minutes for me to find this:
    https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/pc-gaming/accessories/video-and-sound-cards/products/tuf-gaming-geforce-gtx-1660-super-overclocked-6gb-edition-gaming-graphics-card/11104580.html
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  • bigdragon
    Gamestop selling graphics cards? Awesome!1! Spread that supply out even thinner! Give those bots more websites and product listings to check! I'm sure Gamestop has the resources -- all thanks to the wall street bets crew -- to employ state-of-the-art bot and scalper protections. Gamestop also has a reputation of the using the best shipping envelopes and companies in the business! Only gamers shop at Gamestop!!1! Don't forget to preorder the new COD, subscribe to Game Informer, and join the paid tier of whatever the latest Gamestop membership/rewards thing is called!
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  • rundropglide
    King_V said:
    Did you join the site just to spout this kind of conspiracy-theory crap?

    Game Stop's website isn't great in terms of navigation, but it took, what, two minutes for me to find this:
    https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/pc-gaming/accessories/video-and-sound-cards/products/tuf-gaming-geforce-gtx-1660-super-overclocked-6gb-edition-gaming-graphics-card/11104580.html

    Where are the graphics cards? The GPU you posted is unavailable (AND THE ONLY ONE THEY CARRY...).... so where are the GRAPHICS CARDS FOR SALE? What conspiracy theory?

    The local Goodwill may or may not have graphics cards under this standard.
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  • sapienzamike
    They are already listed as Not Available. Nice going bots.
    When were they first available?

    If I end up being wrong about the bots, when will they be made available for purchase?
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  • Matt_ogu812
    I'm getting 'Access Denied On This Server".
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  • King_V
    rundropglide said:
    Where are the graphics cards? The GPU you posted is unavailable (AND THE ONLY ONE THEY CARRY...).... so where are the GRAPHICS CARDS FOR SALE? What conspiracy theory?

    The local Goodwill may or may not have graphics cards under this standard.
    It was available when I found that link. You clearly didn't find it. Your assertion about the motivation for this article is dead wrong.

    Are you somehow expecting there not to be a rush on them like there is everywhere else? Did you expect them to wait 2+ hours for you?
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  • Jarmer
    King_V said:
    Did you join the site just to spout this kind of conspiracy-theory crap?

    Game Stop's website isn't great in terms of navigation, but it took, what, two minutes for me to find this:
    https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/pc-gaming/accessories/video-and-sound-cards/products/tuf-gaming-geforce-gtx-1660-super-overclocked-6gb-edition-gaming-graphics-card/11104580.html

    There are zero gpus on their site now, so the question is valid ... For instance, I saw this article, went to gamestop, clicked around for 5 mins, found literally zero mention of any gpus on any pages and thought the article was wrong.
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