Just Like That, Nvidia's RTX 3050 8GB Is Out of Stock Everywhere

Asus GeForce RTX 3050
(Image credit: Asus)

Today marks the official launch date of Nvidia's entry-level GeForce RTX 3050 8GB graphics card, and as expected, retail availability is proving nearly impossible to find. Just a few hours in and all RTX 3050 GPUs are out of stock from the select few retailers that are selling RTX 3050s in the United States. Even if you did manage to find a card in stock, there was a good chance it was priced well above Nvidia's baseline MSRP.

Newegg appears to have the largest selection of RTX 3050 models at its warehouses, but to combat shortages, Newegg locked all 3050 sales to its shuffle program (opens in new tab). That means you can only buy a card if Newegg's program picks your ticket at random. Newegg does have a complete list models with many cards priced at $249, but again, we don't know how many of each model are available. There may only be a handful of $249 cards, but many more for the $329 to $489 models.

Here's the rundown of card prices we're currently tracking. Note that Nvidia only has limited ability to set the MSRP on card models from its partners, and it looks like only cards using reference clocks (1777MHz boost clock) use the $249 price point. All factory overclocked cards cost significantly more.

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Newegg RTX 3050 8GB AIB Partner Card Prices
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ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3050$439.99
ASUS Phoenix GeForce RTX 3050$249.99
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3050$489.99
EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC BLACK$249.99
EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC GAMING$329.99
MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3050$249.99
MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3050$399.99
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3050$419.99
GIGABYTE Eagle GeForce RTX 3050$249.99
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3050 EAGLE OC$349.99
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3050 GAMING OC$379.99
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3050 Twin Edge$249.99
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3050 Twin Edge OC$399.99

Besides Newegg, Best Buy and MicroCenter are the only other vendors we are aware of that have RTX 3050 listings displayed. Best Buy (opens in new tab) has just two 3050's on display, the Gigabyte RTX 3050 Gaming OC and Eagle OC. As expected, all SKUs are currently out of stock.

Micro Center has some RTX 3050 variants available at some of its local stores, but the volume isn't great. In the select few stores which have cards on sale, availability is severely limited according to Micro Center. If you have a store near you, Micro Center is selling the Zotac Twin Edge OC, Asus Dual Fan OC, Gigabyte Gaming OC, and Asus ROG Strix OC model — and again, all cost more than $249 because they're factory overclocked.

This perhaps leaves eBay as a last resort to purchase an RTX 3050, as long as scalper fees are in your budget. There are only three listings on eBay (opens in new tab) (at the time of writing), but they are incredibly expensive. Ranging from a minimum of $743 for a Zotac Twin Edge, all the way to a whopping $2,026 for a Palit StormX shipped from the UK. Thanks but no thanks. At those GPU prices, you should pick up an RTX 3060 or RX 6600 XT instead.

Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

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

  • VforV
    This GPU is basically a paper launch at MSRP to make AMD look bad at lowest price point, which is not hard considering they did that themselves with the 6500 XT. But as bad as the Radeon GPU is, that one is in stock at under $280, while this nvidia one as usual it's already gone and you can only buy it a $450-$500 at which point you better buy the RX 6600.

    MLiD explains the situation perfectly:
    g6R2_GEJVzwView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6R2_GEJVzw
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  • InvalidError
    Scalping a $250 GPU for $2000? Sounds fun, wonder if it'll actually sell when you can get many much faster GPUs for cheaper scalper prices.

    Real availability may not happen until Nvidia re-launches the RTX3050 using GA107.
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  • spongiemaster
    Newegg shuffle was 10 different 3050 models today. All of them at the manufacturer's MSRP.
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  • VforV
    It's DOA in EU, it's over 500 euro...pffft. Just buy the RX 6600.

    VaPYJK1ElPEView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaPYJK1ElPE
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  • randomizer
    It was available in Australia at MSRP... for one minute.
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  • watzupken
    spongiemaster said:
    Newegg shuffle was 10 different 3050 models today. All of them at the manufacturer's MSRP.
    The moment I see Newegg Shuffle, I am expecting a very very limited supply. I don't think it is very difficult for Nvidia to launch a USD 250 MSRP card, with a drop of supply, then raise prices on subsequent "improvement in supply". The chip is not new because it is derived from the RTX 3060. From my observations, RTX 3060's supply is not that bad, just that the prices are outrageous. So I actually don't expect supply of RTX 3050 to be worst, though I fully expected the price to be close to the RTX 3060.
    Where I stay, there are very limited RTX 3050 on sale, but despite the MSRP of USD 250, prices can be as much as USD 550 from a brick and mortar store. I suspect prices will still continue to trend upwards for the significantly marked up prices now, if the demand is strong.
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  • VforV
    watzupken said:
    The moment I see Newegg Shuffle, I am expecting a very very limited supply. I don't think it is very difficult for Nvidia to launch a USD 250 MSRP card, with a drop of supply, then raise prices on subsequent "improvement in supply". The chip is not new because it is derived from the RTX 3060. From my observations, RTX 3060's supply is not that bad, just that the prices are outrageous. So I actually don't expect supply of RTX 3050 to be worst, though I fully expected the price to be close to the RTX 3060.
    Where I stay, there are very limited RTX 3050 on sale, but despite the MSRP of USD 250, prices can be as much as USD 550 from a brick and mortar store. I suspect prices will still continue to trend upwards for the significantly marked up prices now, if the demand is strong.
    Of course it's not difficult to have supply at MSRP at least for a few days if they wanted (AMD did it with 6600/XT and now with 6500XT, but this last one is a different story), but it is "difficult" for them to actually sell at such a low price when they can do it for double the price or with higher tier GPUs even at even higher prices...

    This is just for show. MSRP is a lie. All the new nvidia GPUs from now on, 3080 12GB, 3090 Ti, 3070 Ti 16GB, don't have and will not have an MSRP at all. Stupidity of customers and how much they are willing to pay is the limit on those GPU prices. Ngreedia X Bran Dead Zombie Consumers.
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  • sizzling
    Seen it listed at £269 in the UK but says coming soon and you cannot preorder.
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