Nvidia is testing a new idea to give people a chance to buy RTX 4090 With our Verified Priority Access system which means you can avoid the pain of having to monitor your inventory online (although don’t forget that we do the hard work for you in this regard with our full update RTX 4090 Stock Guide Available).
For now, this is just a beta program, and one that comes with a slightly controversial catch, at least for some people — the necessity to install Nvidia’s GeForce Experience (GFE) suite (more on that later).
Those who have a GFE on their PC and an Nvidia graphics card – either the GTX 10 Series, GTX 16 Series, RTX 2000, or RTX 3000 . GPU You have a chance to get a priority invite that contains a link to a retailer where they can buy the RTX 4090 Founders Edition there and then. (Note that this is still “until supplies run out”).
nvidia Spread (Opens in a new tab) To let us know the scheme (eg Video Cards (Opens in a new tab) noted), noting: “We know that it is often difficult to purchase a new product close to the launch date for a variety of reasons. Today, we are testing a program we call Priority Verified Access — which will give a limited number of GeForce gamers and creators a chance to purchase a GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition screen cards.
Invited users receive an in-app GeForce Experience notification that generates a unique URL – Connecting invitees to a Founders Edition partner in select regions. Currently, the Verified Priority Access Test includes: Best Buy (US), Scan (UK), and NBB (Germany and the Netherlands) and LDLC (France, Italy and Spain).
As you can see, apart from installing the GFE, the other caveat here is that only certain regions are participating in this pilot scheme now.
Analysis: Is it a somewhat divisive idea? And how do you choose the lucky buyers anyway?
This causes a fair amount of controversy in some quarters, as you might imagine. For starters, some gamers (or content makers) aren’t at all keen on GFE, thinking it’s mostly useless bloat, and don’t want to create an account with Nvidia to play it. They prefer to simply install the Nvidia graphics driver.
These guys obviously don’t have a chance of a priority call, and they aren’t too happy with the theory that this is an easy way for Nvidia to increase the number of GFE installs.
There is a degree of annoyance, then, as to why Nvidia could not set up a simple queuing system for the RTX 4090 Founders Edition (as seen elsewhere in the past).
However, the backlash is largely coming from the minority, and there are more people questioning how the Priority Access Verification system actually works, than there are shaking their fists at Team Green and calling for it to be abandoned. (Remember, it’s just an experiment at this point, so Nvidia is still actively testing the waters.)
The questions include whether there is any rhyme or reason about which GFE users are chosen to receive an invitation, with no real conclusions drawn there. We know you must have one of the above Nvidia GPUs (So anything from the GTX 900 series or earlier isn’t very good), and apart from that, there’s one more thing to do if you’re keen on getting invited. Make sure your offers are enabled in the GFE (in your personal information there is an option to receive offers, and if this isn’t turned on, you obviously won’t get any).
People have also assumed it would be beneficial to update to the latest Nvidia driver, so there is that possibility as well. The new driver adds RTX 4090 support, so we think there’s some logic to this idea, in a way.
Most likely, though, this selection process is completely random, or maybe it is and also depends in part on whether the local specific retail outlets of any given user actually have a leftover stock of the Lovelace GPU.