Someone stole $340k worth of Nvidia RTX 3090 cards in China

Someone stole $340k worth of Nvidia RTX 3090 cards in China

Around £340,000 worth of Nvidia's RTX 3090 graphics cards were stolen from MSI's factory in China.

That's according to Tom's Hardware, which reports that $336,500's worth of GPUs were robbed from the company's warehouse. MSI reckons this was an inside job, given that the shipping area where the cards were stored is covered by video surveillance.

The company has offered clemency for anyone who comes forward with information that might help MSI find the stolen cards.

Nvidia announced its RTX 30 line of GPUs in September; the 3070, 3080 and 3090. Shortly before its launch, the hardware giant apologised for the lack of RTX 3090 stock in the pipeline.

Nvidia boss Jensen Huang (pictured) warned that there would be stock shortages of both the 3080 and 3090 until the end of 2020, meaning there's a huge amount of demand. Hardly surprising that someone decided to steal a bunch of the premium 3090 GPUs.

Last week, Nvidia released a new, cheaper RTX 30 card; the 3060 Ti.

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