NVIDIA is reportedly testing a new program to allow gamers and creators a chance to buy the RTX 4090 founders edition graphics card without having to hunt for a card in stock. Called “Verified Priority Access”, the program is similar to EVGA’s priority access. Yes, it seems to have copied from the same EVGA that recently publicly announced it won’t be making any more partner graphic cards for NVIDIA.
The NVIDIA Verified Priority Access will reportedly only work for the company’s Founders Edition cards in select countries. The invite is expected to show up on the GeForce Experience app.
According to a report by Videocardz, the NVIDIA priority access program will be available at Best Buy in the United States, Scan in the United Kingdom, NBB in Germany and Netherlands, and LDLC in France, Spain and Italy.
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The company has not disclosed how many invites it will be sending or how the algorithm will determine who gets the invite. It’s likely that the company is presently testing the feature with popular gamers and online streamers.
The priority access program will address one of the most painful challenges in getting a newly launched graphics card—its availability. Graphic cards, especially the founders edition, are made in limited quantities by the US graphic giant. Such a program was started by companies like EVGA and Newegg during the GPU shortage.
“We know it’s often challenging to purchase a new product close to the launch date for a variety of reasons. Today, we’re testing a program we call verified priority access – which will give a limited number of GeForce gamers & creators an opportunity to purchase a GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition graphics card. Invited users receive a GeForce Experience in-app notification that generates a unique URL–connecting invitees to a Founders Edition partner in select regions. Currently, testing for verified priority access includes: Best Buy (United States), Scan (United Kingdom), NBB (Germany & Netherlands), and LDLC (France, Italy, and Spain),” NVIDIA said.