NVIDIA seems to have cut the cord on its GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards (at least the Founders Edition) earlier than we anticipated. As spotted by Cowcotland, the chipmaker has removed all the RTX 30 series Founders Edition from its online GeForce stores. A bunch of partner cards is still available at the official NVIDIA store, but not a single FE can be seen.
Zotac’s GeForce RTX 3090s dominate the official NVIDIA store. The former flagships are priced at $999 or 50% less than their sticker prices, with the RTX 3070 Ti AMP Extreme and RTX 3070 Twin Edge going for $599 and $499, respectively. The RTX 3050 Ventus is MSI’s only SKU available at the GeForce store.
It would appear that NVIDIA has decided to retire the Ampere Founders Edition family to make way for the RTX 4070 and 4060 series parts. Third-party retailers like Newegg and Amazon still have RTX 3090 stocks and 3090 Ti FE at exorbitant pricing, indicating that inventory levels are stable and healthy. Etailers will likely sell their last units at a premium to make the most out of the situation.