We’ve seen a lot of leaks from USA and Europe stores approaching the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) for the new super-powered Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics cards, and Zotac’s official US store will follow suit accordingly.
In the US Zotac store, it looks like the cheapest RTX 4090 will be the Trinity model, at $1,599 (about £1,412 or AU$2,460). The OC models are $50 more, but you have a good chance of overclocking the standard models – as long as you feel confident. However, if you’re looking for the cream of the crop, the AMP Extreme Airo will set you back $1,699 (£1,500 or AU$2,614), so an extra $100 on top. These are not very different from the prices of others RTX 4090 variants that are emerging as we get closer to the official release.
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It seems like a lot of emphasis has been placed on the OC models, and there isn’t a huge disparity between the cheaper models and their OC brethren, which makes them a little more affordable.
Board partners who cling to the MSRP, while upgrading after the bloodbath of the previous Nvidia RTX 3000 series release (limited supplies and bulk purchase) does not distract from the fact that the launch price itself is expensive now that these factors were essentially addressed. Consumers had to swallow Nvidia’s all-time higher prices at the RTX 3090’s 2020 launch, and there was hope that now that the dust had settled, those prices could return to a reasonable place.
We’ll have to wait for pricing for the RTX 4080 and rumors of the RTX 4070 to come out before concluding that this line of graphics cards aren’t really made for the average gamer, with Nvidia seemingly determined to appeal to enthusiast gamers who will buy the most powerful GPUs, regardless of price, rather than budget players.
Once again, I wonder who these graphics cards are really for. While we’re all excited to release such powerful components to the masses, it’s clear they’re not for the average gamer, or even hardcore gamers who like to crank all their settings to the max, because the RTX 3090 Ti probably still isn’t. be able to handle it, and now for a fraction of the cost. Perhaps it would be easier to look at the RTX 4000 series as collectibles, at least until games are developed that demand the kind of graphical firepower the RTX 4090 was designed to deliver.