Why is it important: Remember those EVGA RTX 3000 cards that were stolen from a truck on their way to California back in October? It seems that some of them have finally surfaced in an unexpected place: about 8000 miles from here in Vietnam.
On October 29, 2021, EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman revealed that a shipment of EVGA GeForce RTX 3000 series cards was stolen en route from San Francisco to the EVGA distribution center in Southern California.
Freeman said the cost of stolen cards started at $ 329.99 – probably the RTX 3060 – and went up to $ 1959.99 – the RTX 3090. These are suggested retail prices, so their actual selling price and value would be much higher.
EVGA has warned people to pay attention to any cards on auction sites like eBay. We’ve heard little about them since the robbery happened, but it has now become known that Vietnamese retailer NCPC was selling some of the items in question.
A customer who bought two RTX 3080 Ti cards with a one-month warranty checked the serial codes for possible future claims and discovered through the EVGA website that they were from a stolen batch.
The retailer replied to the buyer with a letter in which he confirmed that he would refund the cost of the cards and return them to the supplier who provided the stolen items. The NCPC said it was also a victim of the incident as it was unaware that the cards were stolen, although the lack of prior verification of serial numbers is a surprise, especially since the cards appear to have been purchased at less than the regular selling price.
It is suspected that the stolen cards were purchased by a supplier from sources in China. EVGA is likely investigating these reports and may make an official announcement soon.