The last thing we need in 2022 are GPU lootboxes, yet here they are

Published: 19th Jan 2022, 08:27 GMT   Comments

A chance to win GeForce GT 1030 at MSRP, or RTX 30/RX6000 at fraction of the cost?

Japanese Amazon seller is doing something truly crazy, offering ‘mystery boxes’ packed with new and used graphics cards.

As the name suggests buyers of the ‘surprise blind box’ will not know what they are buying for 100 USD (the offer is currently out of stock so we are unsure about the pricing). This is either a great idea for the current times or quite the opposite, a method of extorting money from people who still have hope to buy high-end GPUs at MSRP.

GPU ‘lucky box’, Source: Amazon

The ‘lucky box’ (the seller was quite creative with the names) is listed with a chart describing the chances of winning. The newer the GPU, the lesser the chance to find one in the box. On the listing page, the seller does confirm it will ship even the high-end GPU such as RTX3090, RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3060 Ti, RX 6900 XT, RX 6800, RX 6700 XT, RX 6600 XT, and so on. All RTX 30 and RX6000 models will be new. The rest, however, might be used.

Chances to go up once we go back in time, NVIDIA Maxwell and AMD RX 300 series are already at 16% of being included in the box. However, almost 70% are cards that might, are not even listed on the seller’s page. This could be anything from GT710 to some ancient GPU no longer supported by any company. There is also a possibility that the seller is offering used mining hardware, after all, a big chunk of 4GB cards are no longer suitable for ETH mining.

To make matters worse, buyers will not even be allowed to return the GPU, which probably goes against Amazon’s terms of service, yet here we are. Of course, we do not recommend buying these GPU lootboxes.

GPU ‘lucky box’, Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon via Wccftech




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