Ever since the launch of RTX 30 series graphics cards, we've faced numerous issues with stock. Scalpers and cryptominers were quick to buy up early stock, then supply chain shortages kicked in, keeping retail stocks low and waiting lists long. Now, we're seeing examples of straight up thievery, with a truckload of EVGA RTX 30 series graphics cards being stolen.
EVGA Product Manager, Jacob Freeman, confirmed the theft earlier this week. A truck carrying fresh batches of RTX 30 GPUs, ranging from the RTX 3060 up to the RTX 3090, was targeted on the way to EVGA's distribution centre in California. The cards on the truck have MSRP values of anywhere from $329.99 up to $1959.99.
The theft took place on the 29th of October and EVGA has already isolated the serial numbers of the stolen graphics cards. These serial numbers have been invalidated, so it will not be eligible for registration on EVGA's website and the company will not honour any warranties or allow these cards to go through the company's popular upgrade system.
With that in mind, if you are in the US/California area and trying to buy a second-hand EVGA RTX 30 series graphics card or one advertised as new from a re-seller, ask for proof of purchase, or the serial number from the box before buying. If the serial number is not recognised on EVGA's product registration page, then it is likely a stolen card.
If you happen to have any information relating to stolen graphics cards, then you should contact EVGA with details. For full information on that, check out the company's full notice, HERE.
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KitGuru Says: This isn't the first time we've seen a large batch of RTX 30 series graphics cards go missing. In December last year, hundreds of RTX 3090 graphics cards also disappeared from one of the company's factories.