What happened now? As the price and rarity of Ampere graphics cards approaches gold, the RTX 3000 series is becoming a tempting target for criminals. So it comes as no surprise to learn that a shipment of EVGA GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards was stolen from a truck on its way to a distribution center.
The heist, which occurred on October 29, was reported by EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman through the company. forums (as reported IGN). He did not reveal too many details about the crime, likely because the investigation is ongoing, although he did confirm that the truck was heading from San Francisco to the EVGA distribution center in Southern California at the time.
It looks like the thieves escaped with most of the Ampere roster. Freeman added that stolen cards start at $ 329.99 (probably the RTX 3060) and go up to $ 1959.99 for the RTX 3090. This is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, so actual selling prices will be much higher. How much was stolen is not disclosed, but it will undoubtedly be a large number.
For those hoping to get their hands on a cheap RTX 3000 card, Freeman warns that buying or receiving stolen property is a criminal and civil offense under section 496 (a) of the California Penal Code. It also notes that “hiding, selling, withholding or helping to conceal the sale or withholding” of any such property is a criminal and civil offense.
Anyone who buys a brand new EVGA card from the aftermarket can confirm that it was not stolen by checking the serial number on the company’s website. warranty check page. In addition, a card is genuine if it can be successfully registered and seen in My products… EVGA will not record or honor any warranty or upgrade claim for stolen products.
Average selling prices for the RTX 3000 series and Radeon RX 6000 series. No wonder thieves want them.
A recent report illustrates the sad truth that Ampere and RDNA 2 cards are getting more expensive and harder to find; AMD products are close to their peak prices. The scarcity of them and the amount of money needed to get one means more cards are popping up on the black market, but resist the temptation to buy one.
This is not the first time that RTX 3000 cards have been hijacked. Forty RTX 3090 containers worth over $ 330,000 were stolen from MSI’s China plant last December in what is believed to be insider work.