Today marks the arrival of the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, the penultimate graphics card launch of the year. Nvidia's own RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition and third-party graphics cards from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and the rest of the green team's partners will go on sale at 6am PT (9am ET / 2pm UK)—make sure you're ready to go as we don't expect these cards to stick around for long.
Find RTX 3060 Tis in the US:
Best Buy (Founders Edition - US only)
Nvidia.com (partner directory)
Find RTX 3060 Tis in the UK:
Nvidia.com (Founders Edition - Europe only)
Find RTX 3060 Tis in Australia:
With some impressive performance out of the card, which starts out at $399, the launch today is looking to go the same way as every tech launch in recent history—in that they will all be sold out moments after they go live. But there's at least going to be a wide range of cards to choose from, as many manufacturers have already announced their custom board designs.
The RTX 3060 Ti may be the most populous of all the graphics card launches in 2020, for whatever that's worth. And I believe it, too. Call it wishful thinking, I don't mind, but we tend to see the cheaper version of a product arrive in greater volume than the most performant SKU—in regards to almost all modern tech launch, in fact. That's hardly an assurance that you'll be able to buy a card even 20 minutes past that launch time, but it may mean we see more cards actually make it out to customers during that tense time.
So how can you ensure you're first in line? We recommend you set up accounts at major retailers to ensure you're not wasting any time you don't have to during the checkout process. Similarly, Newegg recommends using its mobile app for faster checkout. Some retailers have also warned against refreshing too often, as we're all wont to do during this time, as that may cause the server to put you in a brief timeout.
Check the boxout to the side of this article for links to retailers we expect to have stock today, and as ever keep an eye out for our live blog below, where we'll be watching over stock levels from across the web.
Just a friendly reminder for US readers: The RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition will be sold exclusively through Best Buy in the US, while Nvidia continues work on its own site. So don't go looking for it elsewhere.
Here are a handful of listings for Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards live but unavailable to purchase ahead of launch, just waiting for the go-ahead at 6am PT.
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti FE | $399.99 at Best Buy
The only place in the US to bag one of the beautiful-looking Founders Edition cards is Best Buy. After Nvidia struggled with its own store for the RTX 3080 launch it shifted responsibility over to the retailer instead.
- Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition - $399.99 at Best Buy
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC - $469.99 at Best Buy
- MSI RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X OC BV - $449.99 at Best Buy
- Gigabyte RTS 3060 Ti Eagle OC - $459.99 at Best Buy
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Eagle - $460 at B&H
- Gigabyte Aorus RTX 3060 Ti Master - $510 at B&H
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC PRO - $490 at B&H
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC - $480 at B&H
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Eagle OC - $470 at B&H
- Palit RTX 3060 Ti Gaming Pro OC - £469.99 at Overclockers
- Palit RTX 3060 Ti Gaming Pro - £449.99 at Overclockers
- Palit RTX 3060 Ti Dual OC - £428.99 at Overclockers
- Palit RTX 3080 Ti Dual - £389.99 at Overclockers
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Eagle - TBC at Ebuyer
- MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio - TBC at Ebuyer
- MSI RTX 3060 Ti 8GB Ventus 3X OC - TBC at Ebuyer
- MSI RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X OC - TBC at Ebuyer
- Zotac RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC - TBC at Ebuyer
- Zotac RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge - TBC at Ebuyer
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC - TBC at Ebuyer
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Eagle OC - TBC at Ebuyer
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Aorus Master - TBC at Ebuyer
- Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro - TBC at Ebuyer
- Pre-built PC: AlphaSync Gaming Desktop with Ryzen 5 3600 and RTX 3060 Ti - TBC at Ebuyer
We're seeing very few third-party cards close to the MSRP, with many $50 or more in excess of the original $399 price. Here's hoping for cheaper options as the day goes on. This is sure to generate high demand for the cheaper Founders Edition, too, considering it's also a great cooler design.
The cheapest so far is the Palit RTX 3060 Ti Dual, the non-OC version. That's just £20 more than the Founders Edition, and perhaps would make a suitable alternative on a budget.
There are potentially as many Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti cards out at retail for today's launch as all of the RTX 3080, RTX 3090, and RTX 3070 stock combined. That comes from a poll of twelve different retailers across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia conducted by the fine folks at Hardware Canucks.
For people wondering about the RTX 3060 Ti stock situation we polled our contacts at 12 retailers. 5x USA2x Canada3x EU / UK2x Australia Most said initial 3060Ti stock = 3080 + 3070 + 3090 combined. Some said ~ 3070 stock levelsALL expect selling out on Day 1.December 1, 2020
UK retailer Novatech is listing 10+ of every RTX 3060 Ti model it has in stock... a good sign?
Best Buy has been utilising a staggered release tactic for recent RTX graphics card launches, in order to help stem the initial launch rush. We're likely seeing that in play today, too, so just be patient and keep an eye on the product page: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition at Best Buy.
UK retailer Novatech currently has a handful of models live and ready to add to basket. Go get 'em!
We're still not seeing any availability at Newegg, at least not via Search. No listings, nada.
B&H also still lists items as 'Coming soon' and we're yet to see any availability on the site.
The Nvidia store in the UK once again redirects to a page over at Scan. However, Scan also appears to be all out of Founders Edition cards... and perhaps all RTX 3060 Tis altogether.
While we're seeing cards pop in and out of stock in the UK, we're yet to see any materialise at any US retailers.
Nvidia has updated the status of the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition in the UK to 'Out of Stock'.
Reminder: In the US, Nvidia is going through Best Buy for all Founders Edition sales. Yet we're still seeing these listed as 'Coming Soon' over on its store.
Ebuyer UK stock was up and gone in a flash. You may pre-order cards from today, but don't expect stock to arrive to fulfil your order until January 29, 2021.
Looks like Novatech held out for the longest, but even it has now sold out of RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. The last to go: This Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Aorus Master, which costs a whopping £550.
Quite a bit over Nvidia's FE MSRP of £369.
Newegg now has listings for a handful of RTX 3060 Ti cards in the US. All 'Out of Stock', however.
That was fast... must've lasted all of a picosecond.
Micro Center lists multiple RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards as 'Unavailable online' with 'Limited availability'. However, there are some listed as available at multiple stores across the US.
If you don't live next door, perhaps you better look elsewhere. We're not sure how long that limited stock will hold out in-store.
Still waiting on movement from Best Buy. This is normal and expected, right? We're only... 28 minutes post-launch.
The retailer is bound to have stock of at least the Founders Edition, considering it is Nvidia's official retail partner for that card and the only place where it will be available in the US first-hand. Here's hoping they aren't all gone already and we just never saw the checkout button turn yellow. You'd expect an update from 'Coming Soon' in that case, though.
If you're just checking in: UK availability looks to have been and gone, while some sites in the US (Newegg, Micro Center) are sold out online. Best Buy is seemingly a no-show right now, so perhaps there's still hope for further availability from the retailer soon.
What's all the fuss about? Find out in our Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review.
This is becoming a bit of a staple of modern hardware launches, but one way you could get hold of an RTX 3060 Ti is via a system builder.
Origin has RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards available to ship within 6-8 business days as a part of its pre-built machines. Check out its desktop gaming PCs here.
That's the shortest lead time we can see on an RTX 3060 Ti right now, but here are a couple alternatives also offering a pre-built PC with an RTX 3060 Ti inside:
We're still not sure what's going on with Best Buy—the US exclusive home of the Founders Edition—but we're starting to think the term 'Coming Soon' may be a bit nebulous.
The RTX 3060 Ti launch has been a mixed bag, and massively dependent on what side of the pond you're on. Who can say whether there was more stock available for this launch, either. In the UK, it sure felt like stock stuck around for an extra couple of minutes longer than previous RTX 30-series launches, yet over in the US it was yet again another instant vanishing act for the RTX 3060 Ti, in line with previous launches.
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