What Nvidia RTX 30-series shortage? Zotac approves RTX-stuffed mining rig

Zotac RTX 30-series mining rig
(Image credit: Zotac US)

If you've been asking yourself where to buy the RTX 3080 or where to buy the RTX 3070 and have come up short, digital currency mining is a likely culprit. Cash-rich miners have been buying up the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series cards in huge numbers to build elaborate mining rigs. Its compounded the worldwide shortage, leaving ordinary gamers with even less hope of grabbing one for themselves.

This iniquity was apparently lost on GPU partner manufacturer Zotac. In a since-deleted tweet on its Zotac USA account, the company approvingly posted a photo of one such mining rig built from a huge rack of Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 30-series White Edition cards.

The tweet, captured in a screenshot by our sister site TechRadar, also included a number of hashtags related to PC gaming, including the arguably problematic “#PcMasterRace.” PC gamers are the one party that’s invariably been at the wrong end of the current graphics card stock shortage, with both crypto miners and bot-wielding resellers buying up cards in bulk. This tweet was either a poorly thought-out marketing attempt at best, or ironic antagonism at worst.

To be clear, Zotac is neither legally nor morally obligated to make sure its products end up in the hands of ordinary PC owners — the issue here is the lack of tact. Most RTX 30-series restocks sell out in seconds, resulting in months of frustration among those who just want to update their PC; not to build profiteering rigs that collectively use more energy than Argentina. It’s unclear if Zotac USA’s tweet was mocking or simply misjudged, but it certainly wasn’t respectful of that frustration.

Since RTX 30-series production is too slow to drastically improve supply, some retailers have taken the responsibility to ensuring a fairer dispersion of their limited stock. Newegg, for example, has trialled a raffle system that allows anyone to select the products they want, with only the winners offered the chance to buy them.

Sadly this seems like a losing battle. Even the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 is falling victim to price gouging, and it’s not even released yet: some European retailers are already listing the GPU for hundreds of Euros above its MSRP.

James Archer

James is currently Hardware Editor at Rock Paper Shotgun, but before that was Audio Editor at Tom’s Guide, where he covered headphones, speakers, soundbars and anything else that intentionally makes noise. A PC enthusiast, he also wrote computing and gaming news for TG, usually relating to how hard it is to find graphics card stock.

  • MrMakapuu
    So whats your point Tom's? So what if GPU companies are making a killing. Its called supply and demand. Im not sorry for people not being able to upgrade their system. Its not like they are starving for food and stuff like that. Its my opinion that most gamers are kids from ok financially stable family's with a little extra to burn. I bought a 5700XT about two years ago for $350 not the great brand of card but it works fine. In fact Ive made about $60 in the last three weeks mining ETH on my 5700xt when my computer is idle. Perhaps those kids with their so called aging "2080 or 5700" should do the same. Everyone is here to make money. I dont see an article for "Toms Hardware uses excessive ads that take up over 50% of the reading space to make more money" anywhere... Geez wake up