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

#76
Chrispy_
Raendor
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.
Doesn't look too bad to me. high settings at 35fps, Ultra at 30 on an RX580:

Runs better on Nvidia, in general - 1650S doing a fine job given that it's a budget card:

IMO the sweet spot for CP2077 on old or underpowered hardware is mostly low settings but shadows turned up to medium. The shadows make a big difference in this game so IMO 90% of the visual quality on medium comes from the improved shadows. Obviously quality is subjective and everyone will have their own preferences and limits but I don't think CP2077 looks bad on a sensible low/medium 1080p mix. 30fps without dropping frames at those settings should be available on everything I listed and more.

My brother-in-law's GTX970 is running about 35-50fps on low/medium custom settings at 1080p. That's a six-year-old card with 3.5GB VRAM and he can get 1080p60 on all-low (with a few dropped frames) or much higher settings. He has a 75Hz monitor so he's locked it to 38fps with vsync and honestly it feels great like that given the ancient card.

YMMV but I disagree that it "runs like shit". This isn't CS:GO, nobody is getting 700fps, not even with a pair of 3090s.
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#77
TheUn4seen
Chrispy_
Doesn't look too bad to me. high settings at 35fps, Ultra at 30 on an RX580:

Runs better on Nvidia, in general - 1650S doing a fine job given that it's a budget card:

IMO the sweet spot for CP2077 on old or underpowered hardware is mostly low settings but shadows turned up to medium. The shadows make a big difference in this game so IMO 90% of the visual quality on medium comes from the improved shadows. Obviously quality is subjective and everyone will have their own preferences and limits but I don't think CP2077 looks bad on a sensible low/medium 1080p mix. 30fps without dropping frames at those settings should be available on everything I listed and more.

My brother-in-law's GTX970 is running about 35-50fps on low/medium custom settings at 1080p. That's a six-year-old card with 3.5GB VRAM and he can get 1080p60 on all-low (with a few dropped frames) or much higher settings. He has a 75Hz monitor so he's locked it to 38fps with vsync and honestly it feels great like that given the ancient card.

YMMV but I disagree that it "runs like shit". This isn't CS:GO, nobody is getting 700fps, not even with a pair of 3090s.
It really depends on what you consider acceptable. If 1080p/low/30fps does it for you than great. For me personally, and I stress the "personally" part, 1080p is a barely usable resolution even for working in spreadsheets, let alone playing games, and 30fps is just a bad experience. I played Cyberpunk on a 1080ti and, since I have a 3840x2160 screen, I could either play a blurry mess upscaled from 2560x1440, play in a window or 2160p/low/35fps, none of which is an optimal experience, and I actually consider it "running like shit". Today I got the 3080 and it's a day and night difference in the level of enjoyment.
Oh, the first world problems. Also, it's a nice throwback to the time I first saw Duke Nukem 3d running in 640x480 on a Trident card after playing it in 320x240 for months.
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#78
15th Warlock
Raevenlord
You must be great at parties.
When a front page news article has to be corrected by other publications, you know the joke went sideways somewhere down the line...

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#79
Raevenlord
News Editor
15th Warlock
When a front page news article has to be corrected by other publications, you know the joke went sideways somewhere down the line...


There's a difference between being corrected (which has no problem per se), and posting the "fool's joke" with an associated disclaimer.
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#80
DeathtoGnomes
Raevenlord
There's a difference between being corrected (which has no problem per se), and posting the "fool's joke" with an associated disclaimer.
what disclaimer? where?
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#81
Raevenlord
News Editor
DeathtoGnomes
what disclaimer? where?
Below the image.
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#82
DeathtoGnomes
Raevenlord
Below the image.
totally missed that, musta had my reading glasses off at the time, i swear!
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#83
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
jabbadap
She is the container, silly English people call things with human subject pronouns.
Really, no. It mainly applies to machinery, like major modes of transportation, such as ships always, planes sometimes, but not normally. In this case it is plain weird, because it is way outside of normal. If the container had still been onboard a ship, this “she” might make sense.
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#84
LéHoy
davideneco
just google : spanish 28 december

and you will understand this post
"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."
It even says it under the post
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#85
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
300BaudBob
Come on people it should be obvious the container is bigger on the inside ;) .
It’s really the TARDIS. ;)
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#86
Uoman
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
Full cards, more like 5. Boards, 10 is about right. This article is bs though. Pure fantasy.

Am I really supposed to believe that a company who suffers worse leaks than the Titanic was some how able to keep it quiet that 2/3 of their production went MIA in transit? Hard data on their 40xx series is already leaking. Yet they kept quiet on more than a quarter billion dollars in product vanishing?

Other sites have already reported this is false. Just like the Amazon Dist worker claiming inside knowledge, its a nice little fantasy. If you compare Nvidias production to AMD's, Nvidia is massively ahead in weekly and monthly units shipped. It seems very likely that we've actually seen them running at no less than full capacity for about 2 months.
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#87
theoneandonlymrk
Uoman
Full cards, more like 5. Boards, 10 is about right. This article is bs though. Pure fantasy.

Am I really supposed to believe that a company who suffers worse leaks than the Titanic was some how able to keep it quiet that 2/3 of their production went MIA in transit? Hard data on their 40xx series is already leaking. Yet they kept quiet on more than a quarter billion dollars in product vanishing?

Other sites have already reported this is false. Just like the Amazon Dist worker claiming inside knowledge, its a nice little fantasy. If you compare Nvidias production to AMD's, Nvidia is massively ahead in weekly and monthly units shipped. It seems very likely that we've actually seen them running at no less than full capacity for about 2 months.
Re read the Op, pay attention to the bit after the picture saying it's a joke.
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#88
Caring1
LéHoy
"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."
It even says it under the post
Pity it's neither "nice" nor "satirical".
It's pathetic and should be removed.
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#89
300BaudBob
rtwjunkie
It’s really the TARDIS. ;)
Oh just realized it's The Master's TARDIS...since his/her chameleon circuit works...nice joke master!
On another note I learned I need to be on guard Dec 28...and now I've got ideas for next year... evil laugh.
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#90
Raendor
Chrispy_
Doesn't look too bad to me. high settings at 35fps, Ultra at 30 on an RX580:

Runs better on Nvidia, in general - 1650S doing a fine job given that it's a budget card:

IMO the sweet spot for CP2077 on old or underpowered hardware is mostly low settings but shadows turned up to medium. The shadows make a big difference in this game so IMO 90% of the visual quality on medium comes from the improved shadows. Obviously quality is subjective and everyone will have their own preferences and limits but I don't think CP2077 looks bad on a sensible low/medium 1080p mix. 30fps without dropping frames at those settings should be available on everything I listed and more.

My brother-in-law's GTX970 is running about 35-50fps on low/medium custom settings at 1080p. That's a six-year-old card with 3.5GB VRAM and he can get 1080p60 on all-low (with a few dropped frames) or much higher settings. He has a 75Hz monitor so he's locked it to 38fps with vsync and honestly it feels great like that given the ancient card.

YMMV but I disagree that it "runs like shit". This isn't CS:GO, nobody is getting 700fps, not even with a pair of 3090s.
It runs like shit for a game that looks uglier than GTA V, which said 970 can run at very high at 60 fps.
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#91
Chrispy_
Raendor
It runs like shit for a game that looks uglier than GTA V, which said 970 can run at very high at 60 fps.
That's a subjective opinion so I won't argue against it but I think a lot of people have nostalgia for GTA V.

I was very late to the party and played it at 4K only a year ago. For a 2015 port of a 2013 game I was impressed but it was starting to look dated compared to modern engines.

Yes, it's true that some areas of Night City aren't particularly detailed but you have to remember that parts of Los Santos look like phoned-in efforts too. It's all too easy to compare random uninmportant parts of Night City with your fondest memories of the prettiest, most carefully handcrafted scenes in GTAV, because those are the bits that stick in your mind, but go back and drive around Los Santos after playing CP2077 and you'll see that it really doesn't have the detail, the lighting, the poly count, or the textures to match it.
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#92
lexluthermiester
Raendor
It runs like shit for a game that looks uglier than GTA V, which said 970 can run at very high at 60 fps.
That's an interesting opinion. GTA5 has a lot of love from people. However, it should be said that a GTX 970 is not going to grant anything close to a good experience for CP2077 unless you run the game at 720p on mostly low settings. Your experience is less than stellar because you are running a brand new, high bar setting game on a mid-tier GPU that is 6 years old. That's not the fault of the game. You're in need of an upgrade, BIG TIME! Even an upgrade to a GTX1070 would dramatically improve your experience, though it would be best for you to come up to the RTX 2000 or 3000 series GPU's or RX 5000 or RX 6000 if you want to go AMD.
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#93
Adam Krazispeed
Metroid
So it looks like we found the reason why gpus are so expensive, middle January 2021 prices back to normal I guess.
Nope!! Still over MSRP.... Scalpers bought em all. cuz site dont care they get their money they sell to whoever, scalpers, bots minners they dont care.. they just wan ttheir cash...

i just paid $1040 :( (+ shipping and tax) ($1100 USD) :( , for RX 6800 XT (coming today (YAY :) ) but mining farm just found in California USA, 73 GPUs Mining FARM, RTX 3080's (and AMD) ETH Mining farm, SAY GOOD BYE TO ALL THOSE 500,000 RXT 30 cards... to SCAL{PERS & MINNERS!!!!!! ANOTHER FUCKED UP YEAR!!!
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#94
Metroid
Adam Krazispeed
Nope!! Still over MSRP.... Scalpers bought em all. cuz site dont care they get their money they sell to whoever, scalpers, bots minners they dont care.. they just wan ttheir cash...

i just paid $1040 :( (+ shipping and tax) ($1100 USD) :( , for RX 6800 XT (coming today (YAY :) ) but mining farm just found in California USA, 73 GPUs Mining FARM, RTX 3080's (and AMD) ETH Mining farm, SAY GOOD BYE TO ALL THOSE 500,000 RXT 30 cards... to SCAL{PERS & MINNERS!!!!!! ANOTHER FUCKED UP YEAR!!!
Crytocoins market will crash very soon then you can buy gpus for less than msrp, just like 2018, need to be patient.
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#95
Raendor
lexluthermiester
That's an interesting opinion. GTA5 has a lot of love from people. However, it should be said that a GTX 970 is not going to grant anything close to a good experience for CP2077 unless you run the game at 720p on mostly low settings. Your experience is less than stellar because you are running a brand new, high bar setting game on a mid-tier GPU that is 6 years old. That's not the fault of the game. You're in need of an upgrade, BIG TIME! Even an upgrade to a GTX1070 would dramatically improve your experience, though it would be best for you to come up to the RTX 2000 or 3000 series GPU's or RX 5000 or RX 6000 if you want to go AMD.
I have no idea why you think I run 970 (though I had one before 1080 in 2016 lol). I was stating that GTA V looks better than CB2077 being a much older game and running great on hardware (the guy mentioned 970) contemporary to its release unlike CB2077 yet again. Read again before responding to posts next time.
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#96
GWComputers
What is this Bull**it here, who is so dumb to fall for this nonsense??!!
LOST CONTEINER FOR SEVERAL MONTHS??!! FROM FU***G SUMSUNG THEMSELF AND I AM LITERALLY SCREAMING RIGHT NOW!
FROM SAAAMSUUUNG? They would say, "what is that? Our container is nowhere to be found? You find it today and tomorrow call us to say the shipping is in his destination master"
Are you falling for this idiocy?
We complaint for just a box of hardware in middle of Covi-sh*t times and max 2 months is at our door and Samsung + Nvidia lost their container well go f***k yourselves both Nvidia + Samsung + all the idiots falling for this
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#97
windwhirl
GWComputers
What is this Bull**it here, who is so dumb to fall for this nonsense??!!
LOST CONTEINER FOR SEVERAL MONTHS??!! FROM FU***G SUMSUNG THEMSELF AND I AM LITERALLY SCREAMING RIGHT NOW!
FROM SAAAMSUUUNG? They would say, "what is that? Our container is nowhere to be found? You find it today and tomorrow call us to say the shipping is in his destination master"
Are you falling for this idiocy?
We complaint for just a box of hardware in middle of Covi-sh*t times and max 2 months is at our door and Samsung + Nvidia lost their container well go f***k yourselves both Nvidia + Samsung + all the idiots falling for this


The fact that it was a joke was literally there.
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#98
Rei
GWComputers
What is this Bull**it here, who is so dumb to fall for this nonsense??!!
LOST CONTEINER FOR SEVERAL MONTHS??!! FROM FU***G SUMSUNG THEMSELF AND I AM LITERALLY SCREAMING RIGHT NOW!
FROM SAAAMSUUUNG? They would say, "what is that? Our container is nowhere to be found? You find it today and tomorrow call us to say the shipping is in his destination master"
Are you falling for this idiocy?
We complaint for just a box of hardware in middle of Covi-sh*t times and max 2 months is at our door and Samsung + Nvidia lost their container well go f***k yourselves both Nvidia + Samsung + all the idiots falling for this
Gotta look in the mirror on who you just insulted, dude. You're the one who fell for it. :laugh: :roll: :slap:
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#99
Chrispy_
Metroid
Crytocoins market will crash very soon then you can buy gpus for less than msrp, just like 2018, need to be patient.
Heh, you weren't wrong, the crash seems to have started a couple of days after you posted this.

ETH and BTC both suffering their biggest drops in ages in a sudden snap reversal of their ridiculous growth rates. ETH in particular has lost 25% of its value in a week.
It's almost as if cryptocurrency is made up out of thin air and there are no countries, governments, legislation, or regulators to back up its value!
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#100
MikeSnow
We live in an age when some people think elections are stolen even after tens of different judges confirm there was nothing wrong with the elections. Having this article posted as a joke with only that small grayed-out mention about the "Spanish Fool Day", that many people will not even read, is not ideal under these circumstances. This is how "fake news" are born. Some people will believe anything, no matter how obviously fake it is. The article should be edited to make it clearer for everyone it is not real. And, in the future, it might be better to refrain from posting such "articles" at all.
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