It is no secret that the launch of 30 series graphics cards have been a mess with bots scooping up countless cards of an already limited supply, a problem Nvidia has acknowledged, but will not be able to properly fix until 2021. Card makers are suffering similar problems with EVGA trying out a new system to address it.
On the EVGA forums a post has been made detailing what it calls a, “queue based notification system”.
“To sign up, use the notification button on the product you would like to be notified for. For everyone who already used the notify button previously, you are already entered. Once product is available (and it is your turn to purchase), you will receive a secure email that will allow you to purchase the product that you received a notification for. Please note that you have 8 hours to place your order, if your order is not complete within 8 hours, the product will be released back into queue system,” reads the description of the system.
Adding extra steps to the purchasing process is an attempt to stem bots and other automated processes from coming in and buying multiple cards at once for the express purpose of selling them on the used market for a profit.
The launch of the Nvidia RTX 3080 was a lightning rod for this problem. Stock of the desirable card sold out also instantaneously due to the inhuman speed of bots, resulting in the owners of said bots boasting about their hauls on Twitter.
While Nvidia has since stated that it is taking steps to ensure those scalpers don’t get the cards they got maliciously, the damage has been done and it’s been a warning for others.
The queue-based notification system was announced a few hours ago and more stock of 30 series cards is promised to be available from EVGA this week. If you’re in the US and would like to get one yourself, check out the Q&A for this new buying procedure.
There’s some customer friendly rules in place so that normal people can benefit instead of scalpers, such as a one card limit on orders.
EVGA’s efforts are being used for its US / Canada store first and after that it will be evaluated for other regions. EVGA cards are a bit of a rarity in South Africa (but they are available), but this new system, if successful, could be good news the world over if it can stop bots and ensure fair play in the buying process for the rest of us.