Since the release of Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere RTX 3000 series GPUs this September, PC gamers as well as system builders are having a hard time obtaining the GPUs of their choice.
With a particularly limited supply of GPUs available and exceptionally high demand, the GPUs are already hard to come by and sell at a premium.
Even if someone is willing to sell these Golden chips the scalpers swoop in and claim the GPUs before anyone is able to purchase them. The supply is really limited right now, and as such the price these GPUs are selling for is already higher than the MSRP set by Nvidia.
Since these GPUs are highly sought-after products right now, some enterprising thieves in China have stolen 40 containers of top-end RTX 3090 GPUs from an MSI factory in China taking the shortages to the next level.
According to a report, some thieves broke into an MSI factory in China and stole 40 containers of RTX 3090s which account for more than 200 units of the said GPU adding up to more than $300,000 worth of GPUs stolen.
Currently, a single RTX 3090 retails for $1500 however, due to the current shortage of GPUs RTX 3090s currently retails for more than $2000. So just going by the current pricing these GPUs are worth close to Half-a-Million dollars.
MSI believes that an insider was involved in the heist and stole the cards because the factory’s shipping area is covered by video cameras and other areas with no cameras are restricted from access to everyone.
According to user GoFlying8 on Twitter, MSI is offering a reward of upto $15,000 to anyone who has effective information about the thieves which helps in recovering the cards.