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Quadruple MSRP wanted for GeForce RTX 3090 on eBay while US$16,000 secures an Ampere-based mining rig with six GPUs

The crypto mining rig features 5x non LHR (Lite Hash Rate) RTX 30-series cards and 1x LHR V2 board. (Image source: eBay)
The crypto mining rig features 5x non LHR (Lite Hash Rate) RTX 30-series cards and 1x LHR V2 board. (Image source: eBay)
An Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition board has been listed on eBay for more than four times its MSRP of US$1,499. In what could be perceived as another insult to gamers hunting for an Ampere card at close to MSRP, a used mining rig featuring six RTX 30-series cards has been listed for the princely sum of US$16,000.

Gamers who have not managed to pick up an RTX 30-series board at anything close to MSRP might want to hold out for the “Lovelace” RTX 40-series launch if listings on eBay are anything to go by. While many graphics cards hunters will be used to the fact that resellers are pricing the boards at around double MSRP, with some examples hitting close to triple MSRP, it now appears quadruple MSRP is justifiable to some sellers. A listing for an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition card has a “buy it now” price of an astounding US$6,102, which is almost 4.1x MSRP.

The RTX 3090 card in question is obviously new and apparently unopened, with the unit being supplied by a Japanese store. While this price tag is shocking enough, it’s not even the most-expensive GeForce RTX 3090 board listed, with an optimistic seller wanting US$6,316.70 for an Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 OC Edition. What will be even more galling to frustrated gamers is that this particular seller seemingly has two of these boards available for sale.

However, arguably the most divisive listing here will be the one for the crypto mining rig that is jam-packed with Ampere boards. The rig comes with an RTX 3090 Founders Edition unit, an RTX 3080 MSI Ventus 3X board, an RTX 3070 MSI Gaming X Trio card, two RTX 3060 Ti Founders Editions boards, and one RTX 3060 Ti Asus ROG Strix model (LHR V2 variant). The used mining rig is going for the astonishing amount of US$16,000, although the seller claims none of the GPUs are older than five months. The total MSRP for all of those six boards would be just US$3,894.

It’s worth pointing out that the rig does feature other components, such as a couple of powerful PSUs, an entry-level motherboard, and a dual-core AMD Athlon 2GE processor. But there’s absolutely no doubt the ridiculously high asking price is based on the GeForce RTX 30-series boards alone, and even though AIB partner units tend to be more expensive than Nvidia’s MSRP because of their customizations and enhancements, this is still yet another example of serious price-gouging caused by a combination of ongoing chip shortages and the crypto mining boom.

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GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition. (Image source: eBay)
GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition. (Image source: eBay)
Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3090. (Image source: eBay)
Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3090. (Image source: eBay)
Ampere-based mining rig. (Image source: eBay)
Ampere-based mining rig. (Image source: eBay)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-01- 5 (Update: 2022-01- 5)