We found replenishment of Nvidia RTX 30 series and more cards at Micro Center
If you’re tired of reading articles about the difficulty of finding graphics cards and supply chain issues for associated components, this report offers a silver lining. Replenishment of the Nvidia RTX 30 series and even the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series regularly hits Micro Center stores, and we found plenty of graphics cards on the shelves today.
It’s nothing new that Micro Center receives graphics card shipments on a regular basis, but many have likely heard of the long queues and similar availability shortages over the past year. Although shipments are still in limited quantities, it appears that demand has diminished enough that the chances of buying a current generation graphics card are significantly higher now. This was a similar case with the Ryzen 5000 series processors, which had sat on microcenter shelves for months before online availability stabilized.
What graphics cards did we find
We can only speak about our experiences at the two Atlanta, GA locations, but there was a decent selection to choose from when we visited the Marietta store today. Micro Center had several AIB models of RTX 3060 and 3060 Tis. We asked how often other models have arrived, and we were told that the aforementioned models are currently much more common than the Illusory 3080 and even 3070. Ti variants also tend to appear more often, which is probably due to higher profit margins of companies. As for AMD, there were still plenty of 6,600 XTs that tend to be more affordable and close to MSRP. Unsurprisingly, we also found many expensive AIB models, which unfortunately are quite close to scalper prices. In addition, there were later-generation models, including the RTX 2060s, 1050 Tis, and Radeon RX 5000 Series graphics cards.
The important thing to note is that it is always difficult to find graphics cards for MSRP. EVGA is currently the cheapest manufacturer if you focus on affordability, which is likely because its cards are made where current Chinese commercial tariffs don’t apply. Micro Center gets EVGA cards for the Nvidia RTX 30 series, but replenishment schedules tend to be hit and miss.
How to get graphics cards from Micro Center
Of course, we understand that this news might not excite a number of people who don’t live around a Micro Center. However, our current understanding of market conditions suggests that it will remain difficult to purchase graphics cards online for the foreseeable future. If you really want something from the RTX 30 series without fighting the robots or paying an arm and a leg, you’ll have to go an extra mile or miles in the literal sense of the word.
Unlike online stores, robots and scalpers cannot buy everything in microcenters. Customers are limited to one graphics card purchase every 30 days and must show proper identification upon payment. This means that there is a much higher ratio of end users buying graphics cards from these stores, hence fewer opportunists. We were also told to show up on truck delivery days just before stores open to receive vouchers for graphics cards in stock. While there were lines for graphics cards during our visit today, the store had enough stock of the RTX 30 series to meet immediate demand.
In our experience, it didn’t take any wait to choose from several 3060 and 3060 Ti options, but getting there sooner will increase your chances if you want one of the rare models. The important thing is to determine when the store closest to you receives the shipments and to plan accordingly. From what we understand, Micro Centers have fixed truck delivery days.
In an ideal world, we would offer a better solution than a risky long drive, but that seems like one of the best ways to get graphics cards right now. If you decide to take your chance, it may be best to make the trip as early as possible, as demand will certainly pick up once the cold weather arrives and vacation spending begins.