After initially telling consumers and retailers and emailing them that the Founders Edition RTX cards were not being sold in Australia, Nvidia performed a backflip.
A representative from Nvidia has officially notified Aussies that at least one retailer, Sydney-based Mwave, will have the FE versions of the RTX 3080.
It is currently unknown how large the allocation will be or if Mwave will be putting FE versions of the RTX 3090 on sale later this month.
However, this is welcome news for Australians who are upset about the original decision. Almost two weeks of confused news are matched after the official release of the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070.
On September 4th, the Australian communications team at Nvidia Kotaku Australia announced via email that the FE cards were not being sold locally:
Please note that there are currently no Founders Edition GPUs available in Australia. At the launch of the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 GPUs, however, there will be a large selection of models from our partners.
Nvidia also confirmed at the time that there were no plans to sell FE cards locally. However, this information was not shared with Nvidia̵
On September 7, Nvidia’s ANZ team officially notified customers through their Facebook page that the cards would not be sold locally, confirming the original report.
When contacted for a comment, Nvidia made the following statement:
After listening to feedback from our loyal fans, we’re excited to announce that we’ve added the GeForce RTX 3080 (MSRP $ 1,139.00) and GeForce RTX 3090 (MSRP $ 2,429.00) as Founder’s Edition cards for the our Australians and New Zealand were able to secure customers.
As we anticipate significant demand, the cards will be available for the first time from Mwave (https://www.mwave.com.au/catalog/nvidia-geforce-nvzone) and will be available from Thursday 17th September at 11pm AEST for the GeForce RTX 3080 and Thursday, September 24th at 11 p.m. AEST for the GeForce RTX 3090, simultaneously with the general availability of partner cards for both GPUs.
An official release has not yet appeared and Nvidia’s social team has not announced the change in availability on its official Nvidia ANZ Facebook or Twitter accounts.
The company also confirmed on Saturday morning in Australia that the review date for the Founders Edition cards had been postponed by 48 hours to give the press more time to complete their coverage.
Nvidia also announced a release date for the RTX 3070, which will be available internationally on October 15th.