TECH NEWS – We’ve seen before that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4080 wasn’t a big seller (while the top-of-the-line RTX 4090, by far the most powerful, was…), now a weaker card in a lower price and performance category is about to be not snapped up…
In Japan, two stores in Tokyo’s famous shopping district, Akihabara, opened late enough to cater to PC gamers. PC gaming is slowly becoming popular in the country, and we wanted to have a sort of RTX 4060 Ti launch party. The reaction was not that customers were stomping on each other’s heels for stock. We have to report the opposite. Only one customer entered the store. No, we didn’t make a mistake: ONE person was interested in the new graphics card!
Only one person has entered the Dospara Akihabara Main Store, and Hermitage Akihabara posted a picture on Twitter where you can see the customer with his hands in his pockets waiting to have his product packed. There is no shortage of stock in popular online stores, and the situation is far from what we saw three years ago when the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3060 Ti were released (those who completed their purchase before the pandemic hit were lucky, those who didn’t were out of luck).
So even though Nvidia is slowly starting to offer cards at reasonable prices, it can be argued that the 128-bit memory bus and 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM will not make this card perform well, and it will only be useful for those upgrading from the Maxwell architecture (GTX 900 series) or those with a 1080p monitor. Here, the pricing may be more fair, but the performance is not as outstanding. At least the power consumption is restrained (unfortunately, it cannot be said for the RX 7600, AMD’s new card).
Still, it must have been a sad sight to see the store open and only one person lift the new Nvidia graphics card off the shelf because we didn’t expect something like this in a market of this size.