Last year, around $340,000 worth of GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs were stolen from MSI during the holiday season. This took the world by storm and made some serious headlines during the time. Such an incident has happened again wherein an entire truckload of RTX 30 series graphics cards have been stolen.
This is actually one of the worst times for such an incident to occur. One of these RTX 3090 graphics cards can retail for a whopping $1,499, and graphics cards have always been high-value goods. What makes this worse is the ongoing chip shortage. The supply of graphics cards is nowhere near its demand, and this robbery has spoiled the broth even further.
These cards were stolen from popular manufacturer EVGA this time, though. The thieves can easily sell them off at prices beyond $2000. While we have no information about how many graphics cards were stolen or how much financial damage it has caused the company, we do know that these cards were in transit from San Francisco to EVGA’s southern California distribution centre.
To help consumers as well as track down some of these graphics cards, EVGA has set up a couple of things to figure this out on a case-to-case basis. You can find out if your graphics card is one from the stolen shipment by entering your card’s serial number on EVGA’s warranty status page. Alternatively, you can also register the card on the company’s website if you have a valid non-stolen graphics card!
EVGA’s product manager, Jacob Freeman, said, “If a user has a question we urge them to contact us [at] stopRTX30theft@evga.com. If a user does end up acquiring a stolen card, we will address [it] on a case by case basis.”
Consumers should also take immediate action to check up on their cards since owning a stolen good is a criminal offence. While it is illegal to “buy or receive” stolen goods, it is also illegal to “conceal, sell, withhold, or aid in concealing selling or withholding” that product. The warranty for these cards will also be voided.
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