Over US$330k worth of MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs stolen in China
Gamers and PC enthusiasts have been frustrated with the limited supply of Nvidia’s latest 3000-series RTX GPUs. Recent actions by criminals in China aren’t helping things either; an estimated 225 GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs were stolen from an MSI factory in China last week.
The report comes from Twitter user @GoFlying8, who posted what appears to be an internal MSI email describing the heist. According to a translation from Ars Technica, the company is still searching for the thieves and has offered a reward of CN¥100,000 to anyone that provides information leading to an arrest or recovery of the graphics cards.
While the MSI memo did not specify how many GPUs were stolen, reports from Chinese news and social media peg the theft at 40 cases worth ¥2.2 million, or roughly US$336,700. At the RTX 3090’s current retail price of $1,500, that’s roughly 225 RTX 3090 GPUs that have gone missing. Keep in mind that these numbers are estimates based on news commentary from Chinese sources, so the actual amounts may be different.