The launch of the RTX 3090 graphics card by Nvidia was no better than the RTX 3080: again, the device was almost impossible to purchase. The RTX 3090 was scheduled to go on sale via Nvidia ‘s website at 6 a.m. Today, PST. But when it was time, the company sent us through a loop of product pages before showing us the “Out of Stock” tab in the UK version of the web.
A number of other users posted a similar situation on Twitter.
We kept refreshing the RTX 3090 product page only to see the “Out of Stock” tab again and again. Only about 6:11 a.m. did we note a change: the page started showing us the “Add to Cart” icon. But we did not get any further than that.
When we added the RTX 3090 to our cart and tried to try it out, the Nvidia web page actually stalled. We did this a couple of times, but we got the same result. By 6:30 a.m., the page was no longer displaying the “Add to Cart” button and the Out of Stock tab was restored.
The problems of the launch day echo what happened with the RTX 3080 launched last week. PC gamers hoping to purchase a card from Nvidia on the first day report that the company’s website immediately started to show an out-of-stock warning when sales began at 6 a.m.
Later, Nvidia blamed the rough roll-out on a flood of traffic to the website, which was later overwhelmed by bots from resellers buying the company’s stock of RTX 3080 Founders Edition cards. In response, the company said it was updating its online store with more capacity and bot security.
However, Nvidia warned that it could be difficult for RTX 3090 to come through on today’s first day of sales. “We would like to apologize first of all that this will be in limited supply on the launch day. We know this is frustrating, and we are working with our suppliers to improve supply in the coming weeks, “the company wrote in a post yesterday.
We have reached out to Nvidia about the problems of the launch day, and if we hear back, we will update the story. But not everybody came up empty-handed on Nvidia ‘s website. The Verge reporter posted on Twitter that he managed to snag one of them.
The RTX 3090 was also difficult to purchase from third-party retailers. The commodity seemed to be out of stock for Newegg, Best Buy, and EVGA immediately. In the meantime, eBay is already beginning to list RTX 3090 units purchased by resellers, with some rates ranging from $2,799 to $3,000.