Tuesday, December 29th 2020

A Christmas Miracle: 500,000 NVIDIA RTX 3080 Cards Found in Lost Shipping Container

Stock for NVIDIA's latest RTX 30-series graphics cards has been a nightmare for customers across the world, with demand far outstripping supply. This opened up a proverbial can of worms, with scalpers taking to the world wide web, casting their own nets in taking advantage of not only the pandemic (and peoples' refuge in gaming in these uncertain times), but also of said unmet demand. So it has to be nothing short of a Christmas miracle that 500,000 NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics cards have just been found in an unmarked shipping container in South Korea. The container wasn't registered in the port authority, and was therefore left unopened and unprocessed.

The graphics cards were stored in the container absent of any proper documentation by Samsung, as early as August of this year. Jeff Fisher, vice president of NVIDIA and head of the GeForce division, said in a statement to the company's shareholders that "We've been asking Samsung for this shipment for months. They told us that she had already left the factory, but then they did not present us with any document proving that she had reached her destination". These newfound graphics cards will now be correctly processed and put into the channel.

Geeknetic.es made this as a part of the Spanish Fool's Day, which is December 28th. However, considering the current state of the RTX (and AMD RX) market, this is a nice satirical gotcha which I'll keep on TPU. Let's laugh at our misery instead of wallowing in it.
Source: Geeknetic.es
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103 Comments on A Christmas Miracle: 500,000 NVIDIA RTX 3080 Cards Found in Lost Shipping Container

#51
ExcuseMeWtf
HAHAHA just after Holidays, what a coincidence :roll: :roll: :roll: :D :D :D
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#52
windwhirl
EarthDog
Really. SA is not an accurate depiction of availability in the global market. In more places than not, AMD CPUs are also hard to come by.

www.newegg.com/p/pl?d=ryzen+5000

ONE model is available at newegg, for example.
Looking around, down here all the 5000 series SKUs seem to be in enough available stock, but the low average purchasing power plus the uncertainties surrounding the economy here are probably playing a hand in keeping those CPUs in stock, too. Simply put, not many can afford them, specially with the still very much satisfactory 3000 series easily available at much lower prices.
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#53
DiogoAntunes
Its 50.000 ... not 500.000 .

Its impossible to fit 500.000 cards in the space of a shipping container mathematics.

And samsung hasnt even made half million 3080 chips yet...

Cya
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#54
phill
Does that mean there might be stock for a few minutes before everyone else buys them!? :D
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#55
neatfeatguy
Clearly folks have already outed the story as fictional, but one could have at least made it more believable with better photo shopping and a more realistic number. It's impossible to fit 50,000 cards in a container, let alone 500,000. About 10 minutes of research and some basic math will show a more realistic number to have used would have been 5,000.

Using my Zotac 980Ti AMP Omega box, dimensions are 17" x 11.5" x 4" = 782 in³
cubic inches = 1728 in³
cubic foot roughly = .4525ft³

A 40ft ship container has 2,387ft³

If this was a 40ft long ship container and it held my 980Ti that was fully boxed and ready to sell, it would only hold about 5,275 cards; just cards themselves and not including boxes to pack the cards into. A much closer amount would be around 5,000 980Ti cards.
I doubt many more 3080s would fit inside the container.....but we'll make an educated guess on how many just might.

Not having a RTX card to measure the box; going off the RTX 3080 FE size and how the box appears to be in photos....I'd venture to guess a FE box is approximately: 14" wide x 6.5" tall x 6.5" wide = 591.5in³
Each box would be around .3423ft³
Roughly 6973 RTX 3080 FE GPUs would fit in one 40ft container; just the GPU boxes themselves and not packing boxes they'd be put in. Ideally a more realistic number would 6,500 RTX 3080 FE.
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#56
Anymal
Renald
Too big to be true, you don't lose 400M$ like unnoticed, I didn't even bother reading the article.
So I'm born on Spanish Fool's day ... Interesting.


Moooooommmm ! We have to talk.
Happy a day after birthsday.
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#57
First Strike
neatfeatguy
Clearly folks have already outed the story as fictional, but one could have at least made it more believable with better photo shopping and a more realistic number. It's impossible to fit 50,000 cards in a container, let alone 500,000. About 10 minutes of research and some basic math will show a more realistic number to have used would have been 5,000.
Samsung has no AIB business. The only thing they ship with a NVIDIA logo are chips (such as GA104 etc.), not cards. So I say they somehow came up with a really realistic number for a fictional story.
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#58
goodeedidid
I don't want them from that container.. probably they got mold and rats living there already.. lol
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#59
OneMoar
There is Always Moar
December fools I guess ?
its so dumb this even got posted here joke or not its lame
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#60
windwhirl
OneMoar
December fools I guess ?
It technically was.
windwhirl
This news is a joke, since it was published yesterday, December 28th at its source. Dec 28 is the day of the Holy Innocents, and the same thing as April Fools.
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#62
Caring1
neatfeatguy
Clearly folks have already outed the story as fictional, but one could have at least made it more believable with better photo shopping and a more realistic number. It's impossible to fit 50,000 cards in a container, let alone 500,000. About 10 minutes of research and some basic math will show a more realistic number to have used would have been 5,000.

Using my Zotac 980Ti AMP Omega box, dimensions are 17" x 11.5" x 4" = 782 in³
cubic inches = 1728 in³
cubic foot roughly = .4525ft³

A 40ft ship container has 2,387ft³

If this was a 40ft long ship container and it held my 980Ti that was fully boxed and ready to sell, it would only hold about 5,275 cards; just cards themselves and not including boxes to pack the cards into. A much closer amount would be around 5,000 980Ti cards.
I doubt many more 3080s would fit inside the container.....but we'll make an educated guess on how many just might.

Not having a RTX card to measure the box; going off the RTX 3080 FE size and how the box appears to be in photos....I'd venture to guess a FE box is approximately: 14" wide x 6.5" tall x 6.5" wide = 591.5in³
Each box would be around .3423ft³
Roughly 6973 RTX 3080 FE GPUs would fit in one 40ft container; just the GPU boxes themselves and not packing boxes they'd be put in. Ideally a more realistic number would 6,500 RTX 3080 FE.
Metric please. ;)
It's a 12M shipping container.
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#64
Chrispy_
This fools' joke is just capitalising on the fact that 3080 are highly desirable and unobtainable.

Realistically though, what is it that mandates a new GPU? CP2077 may be the hottest shit to slide off a shovel this year but it will run on an old RX480, GTX1060, entry-level 1650, and plenty of other common GPUs from the last five years.

The 3000-series is fast but if y'all stop getting sucked up in the hype for one hot damn minute you'll realise that there's no killer app. I'm lucky enough to have decent GPUs at home but a game is only as good as its level design, story, and mechanics. Whether you play it at 720p low or 4K ultra is of little consequence; The bugs are still bugs, the story is still the story, and the graphics are still going to get the art style across as long as there are enough pixels to see what you're doing.

If an ancient RX480 can manage 1080p60 low/medium and 1080p30 ultra even during action scenes, it's not exactly a disaster. 4K120 with raytracing is nice if you can dump $3000 on GPUs but those extra pixels really don't make the game itself any better.
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#65
R-T-B
Italia1
Someone say it's not real photo. I ask myself: how many video card can they put in a box ? 10 ? So, haw many box are in this image ? Surely not 50.000
Pretty sure 50,000 could easily fit in one of those containers filled to the brim.
rusTORK
500 000 cards will not fit in one container, so i guess it just GPU chips (maybe with RAM) or even uncut wafers.
Oof, 500,000? Oops, yeah, either more containers or something missing.
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#66
Yrd
Italia1
Someone say it's not real photo. I ask myself: how many video card can they put in a box ? 10 ? So, haw many box are in this image ? Surely not 50.000
Put your math hat on, 40ft long 8ft high, 8ft wide. 16x9x3.5 seems to be common 3080 box dimensions. Start mathing.
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#67
FLOWrescent
Please put "it's a joke" or "Happy Spanish December Fools" in the headline brackets, because it isn't funny and 100% clickbait. I thought I could trust TPU, but they're are becoming the next Wccftech and Tom's Hardware in terms of posts quality...
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#68
saki630
Another fake doctored picture RIP. I also heard that the container below this had bitcoins and the one above had 50million vaccines.
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#70
R-T-B
What's with the new members flying out of nowhere to question our credibility over this? lol
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#71
DeathtoGnomes
300BaudBob
Come on people it should be obvious the container is bigger on the inside ;) .
The T.A.R.D.I.S. has a monopoly on that, so no it isnt.

It makes you wonder how many shipping containers have been lost by Samsung over the years.

"AMD? Nvidia? GPU's in short supply? Call that lady at Samsung!"
R-T-B
What's with the new members flying out of nowhere to question our credibility over this? lol
Trolls and Frogsharks have a common thing going, they both have weird looking skin. :p :eek:
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#72
300BaudBob
DeathtoGnomes
The T.A.R.D.I.S. has a monopoly on that, so no it isnt.

It makes you wonder how many shipping containers have been lost by Samsung over the years.
Nah Santa Claus has that tech too (ok it was a dream... but maybe).
I've seen estimates of 10k containers lost overboard every year though the shipping industry seems to thing that's too high. Does make one wonder indeed.
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#73
lexluthermiester
Who the hell loses a shipping container with 500,000 ready-to-use GPU dies? Morons...
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#74
Raevenlord
News Editor
15th Warlock
Dude, RTX 30xx cards are exponentially easier to find than AMD 6x00 cards AND 5x00 CPUs. This dig at Nvidia is getting old and irrelevant, and only shows the bias of some news editors in this website...

How this made it to the front page is beyond me, fail at humor and fail at journalism...
You must be great at parties.
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#75
Raendor
Chrispy_
This fools' joke is just capitalising on the fact that 3080 are highly desirable and unobtainable.

Realistically though, what is it that mandates a new GPU? CP2077 may be the hottest shit to slide off a shovel this year but it will run on an old RX480, GTX1060, entry-level 1650, and plenty of other common GPUs from the last five years.

The 3000-series is fast but if y'all stop getting sucked up in the hype for one hot damn minute you'll realise that there's no killer app. I'm lucky enough to have decent GPUs at home but a game is only as good as its level design, story, and mechanics. Whether you play it at 720p low or 4K ultra is of little consequence; The bugs are still bugs, the story is still the story, and the graphics are still going to get the art style across as long as there are enough pixels to see what you're doing.

If an ancient RX480 can manage 1080p60 low/medium and 1080p30 ultra even during action scenes, it's not exactly a disaster. 4K120 with raytracing is nice if you can dump $3000 on GPUs but those extra pixels really don't make the game itself any better.
Cbp2077 runs like shit on the cards you mentioned even on mid-low settings. That’s the problem. Although cbp looks quite ugly in my opinion to justify such terrible performance. Freaking 5 year old pc port of GTA V looks miles better than the crap CDPR managed to roll out after 7 years of development.
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