NVIDIA’s Chinese partners in the production of graphics cards have lost the legal way to obtain AD102 graphics processors for GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards due to another package of American sanctions. They have now started removing the relevant products from their websites.
In anticipation of the entry into force of new restrictive measures on November 16, NVIDIA significantly increased the volume of AD102 shipments to China – this gave its partners time to prepare for the inevitable discontinuation of the GeForce RTX 4090 in the country. But now Gainward and Galax have removed these graphics cards from their websites – they cannot be found via the built-in search system; They also disappeared from official online stores.
Galax found itself in a difficult situation and was preparing to release a special version of the GeForce RTX 4090 20th Anniversary Edition in honor of the brand’s 20th anniversary. However, the official announcement came just three days before the sanctions came into effect. The company had to change its marketing materials by removing mention of the GeForce RTX 4090 and leaving only a link to its own 20th anniversary, but the official blog still contains the information in its original form.
A similar situation was observed last year with the originally introduced GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB graphics card, which NVIDIA subsequently decided to “unannounce” in its own words. Many of the company’s partners, who had already shown their own versions of the graphics card and published information about them on their websites, were forced to remove references to these products. The difference with the current state of affairs is that there is no clear policy on the removal of flagship graphics cards, and Gigabyte, MSI and ASUS, which have not been sanctioned, continue to display them on their resources.
Meanwhile, according to unconfirmed information, NVIDIA is preparing the GeForce RTX 4090D graphics card – a special version of the flagship that falls under export restrictions and can be delivered to China.