What we bought: An NVIDIA RTX 3070, two years late

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It only took about two years, but last month I finally bought an NVIDIA RTX 3070. Along the way, I tried almost everything to get my hands on one at the actual retail price. I’ve joined Discord servers dedicated to posting stock alerts. I found Twitter accounts doing the same thing for Canadian retailers. But no matter how stubborn I was, I could never beat everyone else who wanted a 3070 as badly as I did. When summer came, I was ready to give up, and I would have if it wasn’t for the crypto crash.

Recording showing the author's PC

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If you haven’t been following the market, the Bitcoin and Ethereum crashes have dramatically impacted GPU prices, particularly on the NVIDIA side. The company’s add-in board partners, companies like ASUS and EVGA, which make most of the GPUs money can buy, are reportedly struggling with excess inventory after crypto miners flooded the used market with cheap 30-series graphics cards. According to some reports, the problem is so bad that NVIDIA could delay the release of its next-gen Ada Lovelace architecture until later this year to give its partners time to sell their existing inventory. Either way, for the first time in almost two years, you can buy a current-gen GPU without jumping through hoops.

When I finally pulled the trigger on my ASUS Dual RTX 3070, I paid CAD$740 before taxes, or about $565. I probably could have found a used model for less, but I decided I was OK with spending more to get a fully guaranteed graphics card that hadn’t been abused for crypto mining.

Close-up of the ASUS Dual RTX 3070 hardware BIOS switch

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What you should probably know is why I stopped waiting for NVIDIA’s next-gen GPUs. The answer is twofold. Unless the US decides to regulate cryptocurrencies, it’s hard to imagine a future where the market doesn’t recover and mining becomes lucrative again. Even if they aren’t, NVIDIA’s new GPUs might not be easy to find when they’re available for purchase.

All signs point to the company opening the Ada Lovelace generation with the RTX 4090, 4080 and 4070 models. Not only will these likely be more expensive than their 30-series counterparts, but you can bet they’ll be in high demand among gamers who want the latest and greatest – particularly the 4070 as the mainstream model of the trio.

For these reasons, I figured there would be a short window of opportunity when I could buy a new GPU at a reasonable price. Running a GTX 1660 Ti with a QHD monitor made my decision easier. I’ve started to see that the 1660 Ti struggles at times in games like Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order at 1440p. The fact that the 1660 Ti doesn’t include NVIDIA’s DLSS upscaling technology also meant I was looking towards a future where I’d have to play some games at reduced quality.

Recording from the writing desk

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It’s safe to say I won’t regret buying the RTX 3070 with its successor just around the corner. play games like God of War with all graphical settings maxed out and not a single hiccup was glorious. Revisiting games like control and finally being able to experience them with ray tracing. Sometimes I feel like we’re so busy trying to make the perfect purchase that we don’t buy the product that would suit our needs well at the moment. I’m glad I didn’t fall into that trap.

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