When Nvidia announced the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti, we knew both cards would sell out in no time. However, less than a week after launch, the RTX 3070 Ti seems to have never been released. Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition was out of stock immediately in the US and UK, and despite a thriving open market, the card hasn’t seen much on eBay.
As pointed out by The Verge, Nvidia partnered with Best Buy in the US to distribute the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti. Unlike previous Ampere launches, Best Buy has sold a limited number of RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards in-store. However, the RTX 3070 Ti is only available online and fills hopeful buyers with a gray “sold out” button shortly after launch.
That’s not an odd thing given the ongoing GPU shortage, but things get interesting looking at the secondhand market. Filtering by items sold on eBay, we found only four listings for the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition, two of which came from the same seller. There weren’t any Founders Edition cards listed for sale at the time of publication. Similarly, we couldn’t find the Founders Edition tag on Facebook Marketplace or Mercari.
The RTX 3070 Ti isn’t quite a launch on paper, but it looks close. We weren’t able to track down any Founders Edition cards, but we did find a few listings for board partner cards. The EVGA’s FTW3 variant seems like the most available option, although it’s hard to know how many are listed.
Interestingly, the FTW3 card is the only one available through EVGA’s queuing system, which is one of the few ways to purchase a new graphics card in 2021. There are two cheaper variants that are not part of the program. The RTX 3070 Ti doesn’t show up much on the Newegg Shuffle either, although the RTX 3080 Ti shows up in multiple Shuffles.
Digital Trends has reached out to Nvidia and Best Buy for comment, and we’ll update this story as feedback becomes available.
The RTX 3070 Ti is an updated version of Nvidia’s RTX 3070. With more CUDA cores and faster memory speeds, we found in our RTX 3070 Ti review that it can boost performance by up to 10% over the RTX 3070. Launch card for $599. , although some second hand units we could find sell for well over $1,400.