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As if it wasn't bad enough that crypto mining has eaten up GPU reserves, bots keep taking orders as they come out and worldwide shortages all leading to high prices and low stock - now people are going on heists to nick 'em.

Yes - really. EVGA's Product Manager Jacob Freeman confirmed in an official forum post that "on October 29, 2021, a shipment of EVGA GeForce RTX 30-Series Graphics Cards was stolen from a truck en route from San Francisco to our Southern California distribution center".

With them all in high demand and having an estimated retail value from "$329.99 up to $1959.99", it's probably not all that surprising that some will sink to that level to get their hands on them, to probably hope to make a profit through crypto or selling them on elsewhere.

As always, be careful where you buy your hardware from. EVGA know the serial numbers, and you won't be able to register a stolen card and EVGA will not give you any kind of warrant on them. If you're somehow unfortunate enough to buy one on something like ebay, you would be on your own and people might perhaps even come knocking to find out where you got it from.

This must be the most frustrating time in recent memory to buy a GPU. I'm looking to upgrade myself at some point, although with Intel bringing their GPUs next year perhaps they might be worth a go.

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ShabbyX Nov 5, 2021
We got spoiled by the abundance, and shortages annoy the hell out of us.

Now wait until this happens to food.
Koopacabras Nov 5, 2021
that's not too surprising here (argentina) not so long ago they stole a truck packed with playstations.

Last edited by Koopacabras on 5 November 2021 at 12:32 pm UTC
BielFPs Nov 5, 2021
Scalpers 2: Electric Boogaloo
Mohandevir Nov 5, 2021
It's all just killing DIY. Better to look for a laptop or, in some cases, prebuilt PCs. That's another reason why I really hope that Valve will come up with an Xbox Series S / Playstation 5 kind of PC. Even more with the "good standing account" requirement for reservation. It's still the best solution to prevent scalpers from snatching away all the stocks. For Valve, it could be an opportunity.

Last edited by Mohandevir on 5 November 2021 at 1:44 pm UTC
elisto Nov 5, 2021
I managed to get a image from that event.

Arehandoro Nov 5, 2021
Wonder if they planned the act on Truck Simulator.
Purple Library Guy Nov 5, 2021
I know it's bad and all, but I can't make my reaction be anything but "That's hilarious!"
Mohandevir Nov 5, 2021
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI know it's bad and all, but I can't make my reaction be anything but "That's hilarious!"

One doesn't prevent the other.
Shmerl Nov 5, 2021
GPUs - the new gold.
denyasis Nov 5, 2021
I wonder if the thieves even knew what they were getting at first. Most containers and trailers aren't very descriptive of the contents.

I could totally see some thieves getting into this while it was sitting at a drop lot. Got super lucky.

Toss anything with retail packaging in the bed of a truck, drive off, and sell on social media.

Last edited by denyasis on 5 November 2021 at 9:44 pm UTC
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