Residents of countries neighboring China have a new source of income: they buy computers with GeForce RTX 4090 video cards and resell these graphics accelerators on the Chinese market, MyDrivers reports. In this way, US sanctions prohibiting the supply of these video cards to China are circumvented. A surge of interest in PCs with flagship NVIDIA cards is observed in Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, etc.
An example of such activity is an unnamed buyer who immediately bought 20 high-performance computers with GeForce RTX 4090 graphics, each of which cost more than $4,500. Despite the fact that he spent a total of more than $91,000, this was done in pursuit of an easy and quick profit. The root cause of such fraud is US sanctions against China, where, as an alternative, NVIDIA offers a stripped-down GeForce RTX 4090D video card at the same price that it previously sold the full version.
Apparently, small entrepreneurs from countries neighboring China are snapping up stocks of RTX 4090 desktop accelerators as soon as they appear on store shelves, in order to later sell them at a significantly higher price in the Chinese market. Retailers have tried to discourage this by only shipping the RTX 4090 in PCs, but that doesn’t seem to have helped. The trend towards purchasing PCs with advanced graphics cards for the subsequent resale of accelerators is observed in some countries. Against this background, in the markets of these countries the price of productive PCs has increased significantly, in some cases up to 60%.