Update from 28.01.2020 11:20 a.m.
NVIDIA has meanwhile passed on the information that the discontinuation is a technical problem and that the cards will soon be online again. A reason for the (temporary) suspension could not be given, but it was justified with cache problems. So let’s be surprised once, because it would be a real pity for the FE, not only because of the interesting price,
Original message from 28.01.2020 7.50 a.m.
Interesting is the fact that all references to the Founders Edition (FE) have disappeared from NVIDIA’s shop list and also from the retailers involved (e.g. NBB in Germany). The price gap was already really extreme there and even now the NVIDIA list and the reality at the listed retailers do not match at all. Let’s just do the self-experiment. On the NVIDIA homepage the FE is still in the price, but if you click on it…
…and sorted by price, the GeForce RTX 3080 FE is completely missing there, which was visibly in first place until recently.
Well, let’s check availability as offered! They refer you to Caseking… Shall we test this?
Oops. The price is not only slightly shifted, but the usual picture emerges, because there is exactly: nothing.
And if you do a search on NBB for all RTX cards, you won’t even see the entire GeForce RTX 3080 model line, because you’ll only see the available cards. With prices even weirder than the wildest descent in the Alps.