Reworked Simpsons clip predicts RTX 3090 Ti price will end up hitting US$5,000
Over the years, The Simpsons has become noted for making some incredible predictions, such as Donald Trump becoming President of the United States, Disney buying out Fox, and even the advent of smartphone autocorrection. A reworked clip from an episode in the 12th season of the show, “The Computer Wore Menace Shoes” (first aired 2000), has offered its own prediction in regard to the price for the upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card, and it’s a painful one for gamers.
The amusing clip, uploaded by NikTek, shows an unaware Homer Simpson being slickly guided away from cheaper SKUs such as the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1650 by a not-too-honest shop assistant. After being told the RTX 3080 Ti would only be bought by “suckers” content with three-month-old technology, Homer is confronted by an RTX 3090 Ti with a price label bearing the astronomical figure of US$5,000. The clip ends with a reminder that the RTX 4090 Ti (or at least the non-Ti variant) should soon be winging its way out of Nvidia’s facilities.
Although the clip has been put together as a joke, gamers have had to contend with the fact that Ampere graphics cards are often priced at 2-3 times more than their MSRPs, whether listed online or sitting in a retail outlet. If the RTX 3090 Ti gets stuck with a US$2,000 price tag, it’s possible it will soon reach the predicted US$5,000 figure rapidly enough - various RTX 3090 cards from Japan are already listed at US$5,000+ on eBay. There’s also the chance Nvidia might just place an exorbitant price on it and reap the rewards provided by the current market.