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Community Article Docking Station — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts Docking Station PoliPuter ✭ September 23 in Help Choosing Parts Hi there! Having trouble targeting a docking station for a new home office set up. Have three laptops (all different OEMs), all with 3.0 USB and USB-C port options. Have two Asus monitors with HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort ports/options. Looking for extended monitor capability across the two monitors. Ideally, would have passthrough charging capabilities to avoid having to worry about the chargers, and an on/off toggle on the station as to avoid opening the laptop every time. Currently use HP USBC Dock G4 at work and I like that; however, all work products are HP, so compatibility is uniform and not a worry. Welcome thoughts and advice. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer Ian admin September 24 Accepted Answer Thank you for the information. I am not aware of any docking stations with a power / wake up button, but you could wake the PC up from sleep with a mouse etc. plugged into the docking station. I would look over the following options, they should meet your other requests with some minor differences between each model: https://www.microcenter.com/product/639565/iogear-usb-c-ultra-slim-docking-station-with-power-delivery-pass-thru-delivery https://www.microcenter.com/product/618573/manhattan-usb-c-11-in-1-triple-monitor-docking-station-with-mst https://www.microcenter.com/product/483723/iogear-compact-usb-c-docking-station-with-pd-pass-thru 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin September 23 Greetings, which Micro Center store would you be nearest to? I would just like to make sure when we are making our recommendations they have the items available. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PoliPuter ✭ September 24 Thank you!  I'm in the Washington, DC area.  Rockville, MD or Fairfax, VA would work fine.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PoliPuter ✭ September 25 Thank you!  Appreciate the recommendations!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin September 27 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36356#Comment_36356 You're welcome, please let us know if you have any other questions. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook PoliPuter ✭ September 29 Hi there. One additional question.   Picked up the Manhattan dock. But noting it has no USBC power source/adapter. On other docks, I could use my laptop charger, but that isn't an option here due to incompatible adapter connection.   Any recommendation for a USB C plug to power the dock, that won't fry laptops?   Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin October 1 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36438#Comment_36438 Perhaps I misunderstood the specs when I was viewing this item, to clarify it's making you use the USB-C port on the docking station directly to charge? 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Visit your local Overland Park Micro Center store at 9294 Metcalf Avenue in the Regency Park Shopping Center or order online and pickup in-store. Community Article Micro Center's Guide for Live Streaming Equipment - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Micro Center's Guide for Live Streaming Equipment - Micro Center Written by PhillipT  Hello! This is a breakdown of streaming setups at three different tiers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro. It can be very confusing trying to keep track of all the different kinds of equipment used for streaming and what pieces are even necessary. I will go into detail for things that I would consider required, and things that I would consider an accessory and may not be needed at all.   I highly advise that if you are just starting off streaming to look within the Beginner and Intermediate setups and getting comfortable with the equipment there. Streaming is a big commitment and starting off with Pro equipment at the beginning can be a waste of money if you don't stream frequently. When you begin livestreaming and have a solid grasp at it (and hopefully some regular viewers), I would then consider upgrading the equipment you have. When upgrading your setup, you do not need to do it all at once. It's absolutely okay to upgrade your equipment one piece at a time. Upgrading equipment can even be great content for a stream title. “New Webcam Stream!” or “New Stream Setup” usually draws wandering eyes.  This guide will not go into detail on what internal hardware your computer needs to stream. This guide will focus on peripherals and streaming equipment. Different games will require different recommended hardware to stream and it’s possible that you may not even be streaming games. This guide is aimed for those who already have a computer that can play and stream their desired game(s) without any performance issues. If you are looking to stream podcasts, interviews or content creation, the computer doesn’t need to be very powerful. Keep in mind, a big part of streaming is having a good UPLOAD speed from your internet service provider.  This guide will assume every stream setup will use at least a webcam/camera and a microphone. You can obviously stream without either of these, but many streams use both.  REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AT ALL PRICE POINTS Broadcasting Software is required to stream at all price points. Without a program to broadcast with, you have no way of sending your video feed to your livestreaming platform. A popular program for this is OBS Studio. It is a free program that streamers use to stream to websites like Twitch and YouTube. Another popular pick is Streamlabs OBS, which combines Streamlabs with OBS Studio. Streamlabs is a tool for streamers to manage notifications and chat tools as well as providing other useful features for streamers. We have a setup guide for Streamlabs OBS at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/7211/how-to-use-streamlabs-obs-slobs MICRO CENTER'S STREAMING STUDIO BUILDER Similar to PCPartPicker, we have a system on our website called Streaming Studio where you can pick parts out for your streaming setup. The system uses the stock in your local store, and once complete, you can place it as a big pickup order! It will break down equipment and accessories for streaming into sections where you pick the item that you want. We also have preset setups for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro categories so you have a starting point to work off of, and of course you can edit the presets and change them to fit your preferences/budget. Lastly, you can select Wide Open and start with a blank slate and fill in the parts that you want!   BEGINNER STREAMING SETUP So you're looking to start a stream up for the first time? There are definitely a few options for budget streaming. Some people may not even need to buy additional equipment! Beginning with this sort of hardware may help you decide whether or not you'll want to stream long term or broadcast every once in a while. To jump start your audience, telling your friends or family would be a good first step! The equipment here is generally acceptable quality, completing the job of letting viewers see you and hear you.  Laptops: Most laptops have a built-in webcam and an integrated microphone! Assuming your laptop can handle streaming and playing games, you don’t really need to get any additional equipment if you are looking to stream for a budget.  Webcams: There are a lot of options for budget webcams, just note that they aren’t usually going to be high definition and they usually have low frame rates. They still will get the job done and your viewers will be able to see you. Segue USB 1080p High Definition Web Camera Manhattan 1080p USB Webcam j5create USB HD WebCam Microphone: What is nice here is that webcams usually have a built-in microphone! Although not the greatest quality, they again still perform for what you need them to. If you have a pair of headphones that have a microphone built in, those should work as well. For the beginning tier, I'd recommend getting a gaming headset. These generally have a quality microphone built-in. If you notice the microphone start to distort or hear background noise, adjusting the noise gate in your broadcasting software should usually remedy this. Logitech H111 Stereo Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset INTERMEDIATE STREAMING SETUP Maybe you started streaming with a budget setup and think it's time to upgrade. You could also be someone who has decided to start with some nicer equipment to give your viewers a better experience. The equipment here will give new viewers and strangers a better perception of the stream and I recommend getting equipment here if you want to try getting return viewers that are strangers. Friends are more forgiving and generally watch streams even with issues, whereas strangers may not be so kind.   Webcams: We are now looking for higher quality webcams. Ones that have a higher resolution, ideally 1080p or higher. Webcams here also have a nicer frame rate and you won’t look like a blur when moving.  Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Logitech StreamCam Plus Logitech Brio 4K Ultra USB Microphone: Have you been to those streams or have those friends whose microphone just pick up everything in a distorted way? People talking in the background, loud clinks and clangs, and even the breathing of the person? We are starting to use external microphones here! These are all standalone USB Microphones with higher audio quality than integrated microphones you'll find in headphones, headsets and webcams. You can consider using Wind Screens/Pop Filters if you find your audio having loud hisses or pops. Boom Arms are also recommended to pair with your microphones, or even required if your microphone does not come with a stand. If you are using a USB microphone, you may want to consider switching to actual headphones rather than a headset since headphones usually have better audio quality. Not so much a streaming improvement but a quality of life improvement.   Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti Nano USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti USB Condenser Microphone HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone w/ Mount PRO STREAMING SETUP Now we're getting into the heavy duty setups, and I only recommend these types of setups if you are going to be very serious about streaming. This equipment is really for those that already have a captive audience where a streaming career is a possibility or is already happening. While the equipment here is very high quality, it requires multiple parts and is not a simple plug-and play setup. DSLR Cameras: Let’s face it, even the best webcam is just too small to facilitate the quality a DSLR Camera can have. Whether it be a better field of vision, better focusing, better lighting controls, DSLR Cameras will almost always be superior. Keep in mind, DSLR Cameras were not designed for streaming and the camera you pick will need to be able to stay powered without the use of a battery, as well as provide a clean HDMI output (no icons, no framing, no words). You will also need a capture card to receive the HDMI output from the camera into your PC. Lastly, you will also need a mount for these cameras. The DSLR Cameras listed below will work, but you will need to get the power supply/dummy battery elsewhere as Micro Center does not supply these. You can also find a list of DSLR Cameras that work for streaming here. Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Requires dummy battery Canon EOS M200 Content Creator Kit See details below Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Requires dummy battery Note: Canon EOS M200 is powered by a DC Power Adapter. Requires Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 with DC-E12 DC Coupler for Constant Power XLR Microphones: Even higher quality than USB microphones, XLR microphones capture a larger range of sounds. Most USB Microphones start distorting when players yell into the microphone, or have a hard time differentiating peaks when speaking softly. I highly recommend thoroughly researching XLR Microphones if you are planning to get one. Some microphones are better at picking up high pitched voices, some perform better with singing or yelling. Research goes a long way here, finding the perfect microphone for your voice can make your stream’s audio feel super natural and crisp. Keep in mind, you are going to need a boom arm for XLR microphones, and most either come with a wind/screen or pop filter.   Blue Microphones Spark SL XLR Condenser Microphone Audio-Technica AT4040 XLR Condenser Microphone Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone Micro Center fun fact: This mic was used to record Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Audio Interface: XLR Microphones do lack a USB connection, so you will need to use an audio interface to turn the analog signal from the microphone to a digital one. These are commonly called a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter). XLR microphones also have a low and quiet audio output, so you will usually need a PreAmplifier (Pre-Amp). This is where the Audio Interface comes in, with a DAC and Pre-Amp built together, they let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer. Keep in mind, some microphones may need their own Pre-Amp like the Shure SM7B, which is commonly paired with the Cloudlifter PreAmp. Audio interfaces also include a bunch of adjustment options for your XLR microphone so you can fine-tune the way you sound. You may also want to consider using high-end headphones here as well, as they work extremely well with Audio Mixers.   Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Doesn’t have a Pre-Amp Shure MVI Digital Audio Interface Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12 Input Mixer USB/Audio Interface Zoom LiveTrak L-8  STREAMING ACCESSORIES There are a lot of accessories that can be extremely useful for your stream. Some are optional, some may be required depending on your overall setup.  Capture Cards: This may be required depending on what content you are streaming. If you plan on streaming a game console, or using a DSLR Camera to stream, you'll need one. If you are planning to stream content directly from your computer screen, you will not need a capture card.  Elgato Cam Link 4K USB Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro Audio Extractor:  These devices take an incoming HDMI signal and split it into separate HDMI and Audio signals. Some capture cards may require you to split the audio from your HDMI input to get audio. You can also use this to feed your games audio into an audio mixer for adjustments on the game audio or putting the game audio on a different feed for your computer.  Sescom - SES-AE1001 HDMI Audio Extractor Boom Arm:  If you plan on using a USB or XLR Microphone, you should look towards using a boom arm to mount your microphone. Some microphones do not come with stands, so it will be required to mount your microphone. This helps with field of view, as some stands have an issue with blocking the screen. It is also great to move your microphone as you change your posture throughout the stream. Neewer Microphone Boom Scissor Arm Stand Samson Technologies Microphone Boom Arm  Stream Deck: An efficiency accessory for streamers. It’s a pad with buttons that lets you program macros to each button. Streamers use this for playing certain songs when something happens, transitions to different scenes/layouts, or opening programs. There is a lot that can be done that can make your stream more entertaining, although this is definitely a quality-of-life upgrade and not required.  Elgato Stream Deck Green Screen: Another accessory that is not required for streaming, but it can lead to fun and entertaining content for your viewers. This also allows more options for setting up your layout for your stream because you are not as restricted with a background on your webcam. Keep in mind, you will need to use a broadcast software that can work with green screens like OBS Studio.  Savage Chroma Green Travel Backdrop Kit Elgato Green Screen w/ Collapsible Stand Lighting Stands: Definitely not required, but it’s a very good way of increasing the quality of a webcam. Good lighting coming from the direction of your webcam can dramatically change the way your webcam captures you and it will almost always look nicer.  Savage Edge Lit LED Light Mini Savage Luminous Pro LED Video Light Elgato Key Light After going through everything, please stop by our Streamer Studio Builder to pick out the parts that you would like to add to your streaming setup!   © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2021 Powered By Vanilla Community Article A Guide for Live Streaming Equipment 2020 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides A Guide for Live Streaming Equipment 2020 TSPhillipT admin April 2020 edited June 5 in Reviews & Buying Guides Hello! Thank you for stopping by the Micro Center Community! This is a breakdown of streaming setups at three different tiers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro. It can be very confusing trying to keep track of all the different kinds of equipment used for streaming and what pieces are even necessary.  I will go into detail for things that I would consider required, and things that I would consider an accessory and may not be needed at all.  I highly advise that if you are just starting off streaming to look within the Beginner and Intermediate setups and getting comfortable with the equipment there.  Streaming is a big commitment and starting off with Pro equipment at the beginning can be a waste of money if you don't stream frequently.  When you begin livestreaming and have a solid grasp at it (and hopefully some regular viewers), I would then consider upgrading the equipment you have.  When upgrading your setup, you do not need to do it all at once.  It's absolutely okay to upgrade your equipment one piece at a time.  Upgrading equipment can even be great content for a stream title.  “New Webcam Stream!” or “New Stream Setup” usually draws wandering eyes.  This guide will not go into detail on what internal hardware your computer needs to stream.  This guide will focus on peripherals and streaming equipment.  Different games will require different recommended hardware to stream and it’s possible that you may not even be streaming games.  This guide is aimed for those who already have a computer that can play and stream their desired game(s) without any performance issues. If you are looking to stream podcasts, interviews or content creation, the computer doesn’t need to be very powerful.  Keep in mind, a big part of streaming is having a good UPLOAD speed from your internet service provider.  This guide will assume every stream setup will use at least a webcam/camera and a microphone.  You can obviously stream without either of these, but many streams use both.    REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AT ALL PRICE POINTS Broadcasting Software is required to stream at all price points.  Without a program to broadcast with, you have no way of sending your video feed to your livestreaming platform.  A popular program for this is OBS Studio.  It is a free program that streamers use to stream to websites like Twitch and Youtube.  Another popular pick is Streamlabs OBS, which combines Streamlabs with OBS Studio.  Streamlabs is a tool for streamers to manage notifications and chat tools as well as providing other useful features for streamers. MICRO CENTER'S STREAMING STUDIO Similar to PCPartPicker, we have a system on our website called Streaming Studio where you can pick parts out for your streaming setup.  The system uses the stock in your local store, and once complete, you can place it as a big pickup order!  It will break down equipment and accessories for streaming into sections where you pick the item that you want.  We also have preset setups for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro categories so you have a starting point to work off of, and of course you can edit the presets and change them to fit your preferences/budget.  Lastly, you can select Wide Open and start with a blank slate and fill in the parts that you want!   BEGINNER STREAMING SETUP So you're looking to start a stream up for the first time?  There are definitely a few options for budget streaming.  Some people may not even need to buy additional equipment!  Beginning with this sort of hardware may help you decide whether or not you'll want to stream long term or broadcast every once in a while.  To jump start your audience, telling your friends or family would be a good first step!  The equipment here is generally acceptable quality, completing the job of letting viewers see you and hear you.  Laptops: Most laptops have a built-in webcam and an integrated microphone!  Assuming your laptop can handle streaming and playing games, you don’t really need to get any additional equipment if you are looking to stream for a budget.  Webcams: There are a lot of options for budget webcams, just note that they aren’t usually going to be high definition and they usually have low frame rates.  They still will get the job done and your viewers will be able to see you. Segue USB 1080p High Definition Web Camera Manhattan 1080p USB Webcam j5create USB HD WebCam         Microphone: What is nice here is that webcams usually have a built-in microphone!  Although not the greatest quality, they again still perform for what you need them to.  If you have a pair of headphones that have a microphone built in, those should work as well.  For the beginning tier, I'd recommend getting a gaming headset.  These generally have a quality microphone built-in.  If you notice the microphone start to distort or hear background noise, adjusting the noise gate in your broadcasting software should usually remedy this. Logitech H111 Stereo Headset HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset   INTERMEDIATE STREAMING SETUP Maybe you started streaming with a budget setup and think it's time to upgrade.  You could also be someone who has decided to start with some nicer equipment to give your viewers a better experience.  The equipment here will give new viewers and strangers a better perception of the stream and I recommend getting equipment here if you want to try getting return viewers that are strangers.  Friends are more forgiving and generally watch streams even with issues, whereas strangers may not be so kind.   Webcams: We are now looking for higher quality webcams.  Ones that have a higher resolution, ideally 1080p or higher. Webcams here also have a nicer frame rate and you won’t look like a blur when moving.  Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Logitech StreamCam Plus Logitech Brio 4K Ultra     USB Microphone:  Have you been to those streams or have those friends whose microphone just pick up everything in a distorted way?  People talking in the background, loud clinks and clangs, and even the breathing of the person?  We are starting to use external microphones here!  These are all standalone USB Microphones with higher audio quality than integrated microphones you'll find in headphones, headsets and webcams.  You can consider using Wind Screens/Pop Filters if you find your audio having loud hisses or pops.  Boom Arms are also recommended to pair with your microphones, or even required if your microphone does not come with a stand.  If you are using a USB microphone, you may want to consider switching to actual headphones rather than a headset since headphones usually have better audio quality.  Not so much a streaming improvement but a quality of life improvement.   Blue Microphones Snowball USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti Nano USB Condenser Microphone Blue Microphones Yeti USB Condenser Microphone HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone w/ Mount PRO STREAMING SETUP Now we're getting into the heavy duty setups, and I only recommend these types of setups if you are going to be very serious about streaming.  This equipment is really for those that already have a captive audience where a streaming career is a possibility or is already happening. While the equipment here is very high quality, it requires multiple parts and is not a simple plug-and play setup. DSLR Cameras:  Let’s face it, even the best webcam is just too small to facilitate the quality a DSLR Camera can have.  Whether it be a better field of vision, better focusing, better lighting controls, DSLR Cameras will almost always be superior.  Keep in mind, DSLR Cameras were not designed for streaming and the camera you pick will need to be able to stay powered without the use of a battery, as well as provide a clean HDMI output (no icons, no framing, no words).  You will also need a capture card to receive the HDMI output from the camera into your PC.  Lastly, you will also need a mount for these cameras.  The DSLR Cameras listed below will work, but you will need to get the power supply/dummy battery elsewhere as Micro Center does not supply these.  You can also find a list of DSLR Cameras that work for streaming here. Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Canon EOS M200 Content Creator Kit Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Requires dummy battery See details below Requires dummy battery Note: Canon EOS M200 is powered by a DC Power Adapter.  Requires Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 with DC-E12 DC Coupler for Constant Power XLR Microphones:  Even higher quality than USB microphones, XLR microphones capture a larger range of sounds.  Most USB Microphones start distorting when players yell into the microphone, or have a hard time differentiating peaks when speaking softly.  I highly recommend thoroughly researching XLR Microphones if you are planning to get one.  Some microphones are better at picking up high pitched voices, some perform better with singing or yelling.  Research goes a long way here, finding the perfect microphone for your voice can make your stream’s audio feel super natural and crisp.  Keep in mind, you are going to need a boom arm for XLR microphones, and most either come with a wind/screen or pop filter.   Blue Microphones Spark SL XLR Condenser Microphone Audio-Technica AT4040 XLR Condenser Microphone Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone Fun fact: This mic was used to record Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Audio Interface: XLR Microphones do lack a USB connection, so you will need to use an audio interface to turn the analog signal from the microphone to a digital one.  These are commonly called a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter).  Some XLR microphones may have a low and quiet audio output, so you will usually need a PreAmplifier (Pre-Amp).  This is where the Audio Interface comes in, with a DAC and Pre-Amp built together, they let you connect your XLR microphone to your computer.  Keep in mind, some microphones may need their own Pre-Amp like the Shure SM7B, which is commonly paired with the Cloudlifter PreAmp.  Audio interfaces also include a bunch of adjustment options for your XLR microphone so you can fine-tune the way you sound.  You may also want to consider using high-end headphones here as well, as they work extremely well with Audio Mixers.   Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface Shure MVI Digital Audio Interface Behringer XENYX Q1202USB 12 Input Mixer Doesn’t have a Pre-Amp USB/Audio Interface Zoom LiveTrak L-8  STREAMING ACCESSORIES There are a lot of accessories that can be extremely useful for your stream.  Some are optional, some may be required depending on your overall setup.    Capture Cards: This may be required depending on what content you are streaming.  If you plan on streaming a game console, or using a DSLR Camera to stream, you'll need one.  If you are planning to stream content directly from your computer screen, you will not need a capture card.  Elgato Cam Link 4K USB Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro Audio Extractor:  These devices take an incoming HDMI signal and split it into separate HDMI and Audio signals.  Some capture cards may require you to split the audio from your HDMI input to get audio.  You can also use this to feed your games audio into an audio mixer for adjustments on the game audio or putting the game audio on a different feed for your computer.  Sescom - SES-AE1001 HDMI Audio Extractor Boom Arm:  If you plan on using a USB or XLR Microphone, you should look towards using a boom arm to mount your microphone.  Some microphones do not come with stands, so it will be required to mount your microphone.  This helps with field of view, as some stands have an issue with blocking the screen.  It is also great to move your microphone as you change your posture throughout the stream. Neewer Microphone Boom  Scissor Arm Stand Samson Technologies  Microphone Boom Arm  Stream Deck: An efficiency accessory for streamers.  It’s a pad with buttons that lets you program macros to each button.  Streamers use this for playing certain songs when something happens, transitions to different scenes/layouts, or opening programs.  There is a lot that can be done that can make your stream more entertaining, although this is definitely a quality-of-life upgrade and not required.  Elgato Stream Deck Green Screen: Another accessory that is not required for streaming, but it can lead to fun and entertaining content for your viewers.  This also allows more options for setting up your layout for your stream because you are not as restricted with a background on your webcam.  Keep in mind, you will need to use a broadcast software that can work with green screens like OBS Studio.  Savage Chroma Green Travel Backdrop Kit Elgato Green Screen w/ Collapsible Stand Lighting Stands: Definitely not required, but it’s a very good way of increasing the quality of a webcam.  Good lighting coming from the direction of your webcam can dramatically change the way your webcam captures you and it will almost always look nicer.  Savage Edge Lit LED Light Mini Savage Luminous Pro LED Video Light Elgato Key Light If you have any questions or inquiries about anything in this article or if you'd like to share your current stream setup and wish list, please post them below!  I will try to answer them as soon as I am able to.  I will also be trying to keep this article up to date, especially when new things for streaming come out.  After going through everything, please stop by our Streamer Studio Builder to pick out the parts that you would like to add to your streaming setup!   Change Log: 7/28/20: Updated recommendations 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. 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I plan on going a few hours before opening hours, but I feel like there will be a hella long line. Its very random, I am waiting for availability too, started my build in early September, I just don't have the back, knees, ankles, bladder, or bowels to wait in front of the store for hours, so I will try again in February. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook WyattB Michigan ✭ January 12 @Tone what time of day was it was it when the best buy refresh method worked? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bard1988 ✭ January 13 Does anyone know if the Sharonville Micro Center is getting any 3080’s, or when their shipments are?  Thanks.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TitusTroy Manhattan- New York City ✭ January 16 anyone know if the Brooklyn MicroCenter gets regular shipments of 3080 cards?...which days?...do I need to get there a few hours before opening?...Thanks for any help 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Stretch51 ✭ January 19 I scored a 3080 at the Sharonville store today, my 4th morning trip there since December 28th and thought I'd share how it all went down.  I arrived at 8:30am not imagining the line would be so short so decided to give it a try and waited until opening at 10:00am.  Guys ahead of me had arrived at 4:00am (2), 5;30am(2) and the other 3 at ???. Unlike my previous trips, a printed list of the day's availability was posted on a window about 20 minutes before opening so we all could look and see what was available. That REALLY helped a lot so when my turn came up, I had my first, second and third choices figured out before being called...my first choice was still available which shocked me! Surprisingly there were 7-3080's, 8-3070's, 8-3090's and 1-RX 6900 XT available. The store manager explained the claiming process which is designed to stop scalpers.  He then started having guys come in one at a time and even though I was 8th in line, I still got a 3080!!! Thanks to whoever ahead of me opted for a 3070.  One of the guys in line said a friend of his had stopped at the store the night before and was told there would be some cards available BUT no hint as to which ones or how many would be available. The staff cannot/will not share in advance what might be available any given day, they don't actually know until shipments arrive each day anyway. And the only way to get any idea how it works or what may be available (with no details) is to personally visit the store. I tried email and chats and got boilerplate answers that no info was available except by personal visits to the store. Good luck folks, hope you all have as much luck as we did in Sharonville today!     0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bard1988 ✭ January 22 What do you think the odds are that Sharonville has 3080s tomorrow?  They had 7 Tuesday and 8 today but I didn’t go either day RIP... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bard1988 ✭ January 22 Got a 3080 today!  Woo!  Good luck all! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin January 22 @Bard1988 Congrats! I guess the odds were high for today! Good to see more stock coming in. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanj ✭ January 23 edited January 23 Out of curiosity, what's the best method to grab a 30 series card? I went into Tustin today, around 11 am, and there wasn't any in stock. A rep told me to just check every morning at opening and told me there wasn't any fixed delivery schedule to rely on. Checking the website just now, there are RX6800s in stock, which wasn't available when I checked in person (unless they don't include them in the glass cabinets or I somehow missed them). So I'm assuming shipments come sometime mid day? Can anyone offer any advice on best method to go about checking? It's a bit of a drive, and I cant really sit outside the store an hour before opening for multiple days in a row, due to work. If anyone knows what time people start queuing up, that'd be great. Might just take a sick day next week and hope for the best. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Bard1988 ✭ January 23 edited January 23 @Seanj it’s very random.  I waited in line twice this week.  Wednesday I waited from 30 mins till open, line wasn’t too long, but no 3080s.   Today, I waited an hour, was like 12th in line and they had 16 of each card but the 3090.  It’s luck of the draw, but stock does seem to be flowing more.  They had 3080s in Sharonville, OH at least 3 days this week, but you have to queue up before open.  I get the work struggle.  I happened to be off this week, so I was able to go a couple of times, but usually I can’t go early either.  Keep trying when you can.  You’ll get one.  I don’t know how it is at your store, but here, they told me Tuesday through Saturday are the best mornings to come.  I would guess if you go on a Saturday you would want to go early, since a lot of people probably have the same idea.  I hope that helps, and happy hunting.  Keep holding on to hope!  I didn’t think I would ever get one and today just happened to be a good day to go.  You’ll get yours!   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Stretch51 ✭ January 30 At the Sharonville store today at opening they announced 16 3090's, 12 3080's (or 12 3090's and 16 3080's, I couldn't remember for sure the breakdown) plus their website stock showed 50+ 3070's in stock! There were about 40 people in line...maybe things are getting better but the staff was still very guarded about when and how many would be available on any given day. The availability sheet for Wednesday Jan 27 was still on the front window and it showed 3 3090's, 1 3080 and quite a few 3070 and 3060 cards. Just an FYI for folks in the Cincinnati/Sharonville area. The 6000 series of AMD cards are available in stock (6800, 6800XT and 6900XT).   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cunnin12 ✭ February 5 Duluth, GA line forming yet? I am shooting for 8 AM, 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Cadaract ✭ February 5 Anyone have an idea of whether Parkville, MD has anything (RTX 3000 series) today? I'm about 30 mins away and don't want to drive up for no reason. They've been in stock recently, but it's still a long drive to just hope for the best. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook steeveebee ✭ February 11 I've been going in here and there to Fairfax. I think I just missed a 3090 yesterday, as the site said one was in store, but it was 11AM and sold. I was told 2 came in yesterday. I've heard going at 7AM is the right move, but they're not open until 10. I went by at 8AM today but it's of course not open. For those in Fairfax, should I just be lined up for the open at 10AM, or does someone come out at say 7AM and take a list of names? Looking to get a hold of an EVGA (preferably) 3090, though a 3080 is fine, too. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Renereyes7 ✭ February 11 Anyone has try luck on Yonkers NY? I'm planning to go there early around 5.for a rtx 3080 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook John_S13 ✭ February 11 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/27549#Comment_27549 This is the closest store to me so I am interested on how things are going there. I would have to take off work to try to get a card so I'm trying to get as much info as I can before making the trek. Have there been people lined up every time you've gone? I assume there are still lines every day, just wonder how long they still are. If anyone can share any info about the Fairfax location it would be appreciated. Good luck to those on the hunt. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook steeveebee ✭ February 11 edited February 11 John I have not gone at 7AM yet. Just 830 yesterday; there may have been a code on the door but there's so many signs and papers at the door so a QR code was not prominent, so I left after a minute when no one came up I left and went to work. I'd have to take off work for an 10AM open, but just get up early for a 7AM queue. I hear stories of regulars who leave empty chairs out overnight and drive up at 0645 claiming they're first in line. I hope the store is clamping down on that and treating it as first come first serve. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jbc029 ✭ February 11 Just move their chairs out into the parking lot. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Renereyes7 ✭ February 11 I went to Yonkers today at 4:30 am. I was first on line (it was snowing so maybe that's why people don't show up) and when it was about 7am one employee told us that there were not going to be a truck for today Thursday. So I'll try tomorrow morning 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook wagon ✭ February 11 can anyone speak to the experience/system at the st. davids pa location? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Txnner ✭ February 12 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/27555#Comment_27555 Closest store here as well. Was considering going, but I have a class right when it opens. Anyone know if you do show up at 7am, will you basically just have to wait in line until 10am? Or will you have the ability to get a ticket / buy it then? More than willing to camp out as early as I need on a day that they have a restock (or even head over there just at 7am to check every morning when I'm out). If anyone has any info on any of this for the store in Fairfax (or how it has worked in a different store) please let me know! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Renereyes7 ✭ February 12 What a crazy day but i got my 3080 at Yonkers NY! I was first on the lane (4:30am) and then at 10 the manager told us that they're waiting for the truck that was going to be split between Brooklyn first and then Yonkers. And they're going to let us know at 1pm. So I came back at 1pm and there were like 50 people on the list. I was the first one so I got to choose between all the cards. There were like 4 of each. So totally worth it tho.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin February 12 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/27679#Comment_27679 Congrats ! Enjoy the card! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook steelaw ✭ February 13 i noticed none of the inventory was posted on the inventory webpage at either Brooklyn or Yonkers location.i know this because i was spamming to refresh the page often.what is the reason for this?do i have to go to the store and ask for the products and also what is the frequency of restocking.i plan to go to tomorrow to the Yonkers location and check.can i still add my name to a list for a future purchase of a 3080 card.i have to work during the day so i would have to take a day off to only hope i pick the right day?last week the inventory of the flushing location was posted. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jbc029 ✭ February 13 Depends on the individual store. Most locations, you have to be there when the stock arrives. There is no waiting list or pre-order option, so if you have a job that conflicts with their store hours...find someone to wait for you? This isn't a modern shopping experience. This is very much 80s/90s beanie baby/cabbage patch kid shopping. You go and you wait or you get nothing. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook steelaw ✭ February 13 ya i went today.got there at 7 am i was 1st in line.when the store opened had no 3070,3080 or 3090 cards only 3 6800xt.so i bought a powercolor 6800xt i hope its worth the price i paid for performance.yes i remember the 80/90s shopping experiance.people would wait outside the store for days especially around Christmas 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Dioch01 ✭ February 17 I live in Atlanta Georgia and was able to get a 3070 last week at the Marietta store.  They handed out the vouchers around 6am.  Don't know if that's how they do it every week but that's how it was last Wednesday. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook steelaw ✭ February 17 edited February 17 Ya here in nyc so different.the manager and employees won't tell you nothing as they are coming to work in the morning. They see you waiting outside the store before opening. Once the store opened the manager had everybody line up and follow him back to where the graphics cards are and see one person at a time so it's kinda orderly.no 3080 that day.i did manage to get powercolor red devil 6800xt. I might return it because it was $1, 159 way too expensive. I don't know if they can justify the price of a card. To me it just seems an insanely markup. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Josh_H ✭ February 18 I plan on going to Sharonville Microcenter this weekend with the family. Really need any newer graphics card.....3070....3080....6800...or 6800xt as long as it is not overpriced. Is Saturday a better day for a chance to get one or Sunday? I got about a 3 hour drive to get there. Thank you in advance! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook steelaw ✭ February 18 It all depends on if the store gets a shipment.if it does you have to line up in front of the store hours before it opens to just have a chance of getting a card and the cards sellout in under a hour.so if someone wants a card have to get to the store early otherwise don't even bother 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1…55565758596061» Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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NVIDIA is making some very impressive claims! NVIDIA Ampere Streaming Multiprocessors: The building blocks for the world's fastest, most efficient GPU, the all-new Ampere SM, brings 2X the FP32 throughput and improved power efficiency. 2nd Generation RT Cores: Experience 2X the throughput of 1st gen RT Cores, plus concurrent RT and shading for a whole new level of ray tracing performance. 3rd Generation Tensor Cores: Get up to 2X the throughput with structural sparsity and advanced AI algorithms such as DLSS. Now with support for up to 8K resolution, these cores deliver a massive boost in-game performance and all-new AI capabilities. G6X Memory: This is the world's fastest graphics memory on the GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080. World's First 8K HDR Gaming GPU, Powered by AI: The GeForce RTX 3090 lets you play, capture, and watch your games in brilliant 8K HDR. It features new DLSS 8K gaming, HDMI 2.1 for single-cable connectivity to 8K TVs, GeForce Experience support for 8K HDR game capture, and AV1 decode for efficient playback of 8K HDR streamed video. I can't wait to upgrade! Coming from a GTX 1080 ti, the boost in performance will be tremendous, and I can't wait to see 2nd Gen RTX. I'll be upgrading to the RTX 3080. For me, the 3080 fits perfectly into my budget for my work and play. I've watched NVIDIA announcements in the past; however, the 3000 series launch was different for me, and I felt that I was witnessing a moment that will be remembered. (Image Courtesy NVIDIA Official Launch Event) Be sure to bookmark this post by clicking the star at the top right to easily check back, as we'll be updating this post once we know more about availability! (Image Courtesy NVIDIA Official Launch Event) I can't wait to see how these cards benchmark and how they perform, especially after Jensen showed us the significant performance increase. The multipliers are based on 4k gameplay in multiple popular games. In the launch event, NVIDIA shows the 3090 handling 8k gameplay smoothly, which is absolutely mindblowing. It's always interesting to see what Jensen has been cooking, and I'm excited about the future of PC gaming. What are your thoughts on the new NVIDIA 3000 series cards? What's your current GPU, and why are you upgrading? 😊 FAQ: Availability for NVIDIA RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards We know demand for these new graphics cards is high. We’re working hard to make these new, exciting products available to as many customers as we can. Please see below for answers to popular questions. You may also post your question here and we’ll do our best to respond quickly.   Q) Will you have the latest 3000 series cards on their release dates? A) Yes, we will have a variety of top brand RTX 3000 cards available on their respective launch dates.   Q) Which model of RTX 3000 graphics cards are available? A)  We will have RTX 3000 series graphics cards from our top vendors: ASUS, Gigabyte, Zotac, EVGA, and MSI, including gaming and overclocked models. These will vary store to store. Available models will be listed in the graphics cards category at launch.   Q) How much will the 3000 Series video cards cost? A) Up-to-date pricing for our cards will be posted on the website once they’re available.   Store Related Questions Q) Are you doing pre-orders? A) At this time, we will not be offering pre-orders.   Q) Will I be able to reserve or buy them online? A) We will not be offering reservations for in-store pick-up, or shipping for these video cards due to the high demand.  Q) When will vouchers be handed out? A) Our voucher system operates on a local response and first-come, first-served basis. See your local store for more details.  More detailed information on our voucher system can be found in our Random Selection Process and FAQ Q) How many vouchers will be handed out? A) Stores will be handing out vouchers for the cards in stock at that location. The amount handed will be equal to the amount of cards the store has in stock.   Q) What are you doing to handle demand? A) Given the current pandemic, we want to avoid having lines outside of the store, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. We ask that you continue to do your part in following CDC social distancing guidelines.   Q) Can I buy more than one?  A) We will be limiting purchases at this time to one per household. With limited availability, we want all of our customers to have a chance to be a part of this new product release. Q) Were Micro Center Associates able to buy the new graphics cards? A) Due to the high demand and constrained inventory, we’ve restricted employee purchases, so we can get new products into the hands of our loyal customers. Check out our RTX3070 launch livestream here Want to learn more about the RTX 3070? Check out our article comparing it to the last generation here 5 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook «1234567…21» Comments HarrisonNoll ✭ September 2020 Will the 3000 series be in micro center stores on launch day, and if not do we have an idea as of when? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 HarrisonNoll said: Will the 3000 series be in micro center stores on launch day, and if not do we have an idea as of when? We generally try to have availability for big launches like this on launch day. I would expect we'll have the cards available, the question is really "how many." I've heard some early reports that NVIDIA is a little low on availability for this launch, but we won't really know for sure until it gets closer to launch day.  2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Abom ✭ September 2020 I'm 5 minutes from the Houston store. Looking forward to getting one launch day! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook ThatOneGuy ✭ September 2020 I am excited for the new release (I am planning on getting a 3070), but I am not sure if my ryzen 5 3600 is going to bottleneck it or if my case has enough airflow to keep it cool. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook garyhost ✭ September 2020 TSTonyV said: HarrisonNoll said: Will the 3000 series be in micro center stores on launch day, and if not do we have an idea as of when? We generally try to have availability for big launches like this on launch day. I would expect we'll have the cards available, the question is really "how many." I've heard some early reports that NVIDIA is a little low on availability for this launch, but we won't really know for sure until it gets closer to launch day.  Hi, do you think if I called my local store on the 16th they would be able to and willing to tell me if a card would be available when they open the next day, which would be the release of the 3080?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ichthus ✭ September 2020 ThatOneGuy said: I am excited for the new release (I am planning on getting a 3070), but I am not sure if my ryzen 5 3600 is going to bottleneck it or if my case has enough airflow to keep it cool. The 3600 should be just fine for a 3070. The only time I'd say your CPU is a "bottleneck" is if you're going for ultra-high refresh rate 1080p competitive gaming in esports titles and the ONLY thing you care about is maximum FPS.  People fixate on the idea of bottlenecking so much but in reality there's ALWAYS a "bottleneck" somewhere, and there's ALWAYS going to be better hardware at some point. Don't worry about it too much, the 3600 is a nice mid-range processor with some strong value.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Brad_Isnard ✭ September 2020 What is the best strategy to ensure getting a 3080 on launch day? Is it best to camp out or try to reserve one online? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 If you want one on launch day, then you'll want to come into the store. We will most likely sell out fast before online reservations can be fulfilled.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook BolognaBruh ✭ September 2020 Do you think it will be to the point of needing to wait outside of the store for hours to make sure I get one on time?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin September 2020 BolognaBruh said: Do you think it will be to the point of needing to wait outside of the store for hours to make sure I get one on time?  That is definitely a possibility, however we have no way of knowing for certain. It will depend entirely on how large the demand is for these products as well as how busy our stores are for other various shoppers. The only real advice we can give for those interested in procuring these new cards is to maintain a close eye on our online inventory and to come in as early as you can to improve your chances at getting one of the new cards.  Be mindful that with products that have limited inventory due to low supply or extremely high demands, you may see limitations imposed such as 1 card per household or the inability to reserve the product (first come, first serve). If any of these limitations are in-place, you'll see it reflected as such on the product page online. It's also important to remember that while the website may show some products in-stock, they could very well be in the cart of a customer and might not be available when you arrive. It may also be difficult to contact stores for inventory updates while they are assisting the increased volume of customers in-store. We are all gamers and tech enthusiasts ourselves, so we share your enthusiasm for these product launches and will do our absolute best to help everyone during these product launches to make sure everyone has a fair shot at getting their hands on these new and exciting products.  If for some reason your local Micro Center store sells out of the RTX 3000 series card, we ask that you remain patient for new inventory to arrive. While we may not be able to provide estimates as to when new inventory is set to show up (much like we don't know the exact availability of product at the launch date), we do try our very best to maintain a steady supply of inventory to meet the high demands of our customers. As always, if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. We are happy to answer any questions we can pertaining to this product launch. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook MDRad ✭ September 2020 Hi! Should we expect the store to open at the regular hour? (E.g. for me it is VA Fairfax which opens at 10a ET). Or do you have special hours for launches like this? Thank you.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook umgoblue007 ✭ September 2020 Any idea if a Z390 motherboard and/or a Intel Core i9-9900K (5.0 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz CPU will be good enough to handle the 3090 card?  I just bought a new custom rig earlier this year and thinking about getting a new graphics card.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin September 2020 umgoblue007 said: Any idea if a Z390 motherboard and/or a Intel Core i9-9900K (5.0 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz CPU will be good enough to handle the 3090 card?  I just bought a new custom rig earlier this year and thinking about getting a new graphics card.   I imagine it will perform just fine. The thing to keep in mind is that high refresh rates at lower resolutions typically end up CPU bound anyways, and the 9900K is still one of the fastest single-threaded processors around, on-par with the likes of the 10900K still, but falls a bit shorter at multi-threaded workloads. Multi-threaded workloads, especially one that can tax all 8 cores/16 threads of your 9900K are quite rare in gaming at the moment, especially if you play at resolutions higher than 1080P. I use a 2080 Ti with my 8700K and have only ran into a legitimate CPU bottleneck once, and that was when I was attempting to push an absurd amount of frames at a lower resolution, resulting in my CPU failing to provide enough draw calls for the GPU. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 LCC said: Hi! Should we expect the store to open at the regular hour? (E.g. for me it is VA Fairfax which opens at 10a ET). Or do you have special hours for launches like this? Thank you.  Normal store hours will apply.  umgoblue007 said: Any idea if a Z390 motherboard and/or a Intel Core i9-9900K (5.0 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz CPU will be good enough to handle the 3090 card?  I just bought a new custom rig earlier this year and thinking about getting a new graphics card.   A 9900K would be plenty for a 3090.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook umgoblue007 ✭ September 2020 I have a 4K 120Hz monitor (overclockable to 144Hz).  So I want to get the highest frame rate at 4K at ultimate settings for triple A titles.   I’d probably shell out for a 8K monitor once they become more available.  I guess the question is if the 3080 would be sufficient?  Is there a need for the 3090?  Quite a price jump. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMichaelB admin September 2020 Sadly we don't know how the 3090 compares to the 3080 as of yet, no performance metrics or benchmarks have been released for the 3090. No doubt it will be faster, but I don't know if it will be fast enough to justify the massive price premium unless you are doing something heavily intensive with VRAM. An 8k monitor might indeed justify that purchase, but I imagine it will be quite some time before those become affordable, especially considering the current pricing of 8K televisions. As for the 3080, I currently game on a 4k 120hz OLED gaming TV with a 2080 Ti and have been just fine for the most part. The 3080 is faster than the 2080 Ti, so I would think it should suffice for most titles, though newer AAA titles on ultimate settings might be pushing it if you are expecting to also maintain 120 frames per second. I imagine even a 3090 will struggle to hit 120fps in 4K on all titles at maxed settings. I would recommend waiting for benchmarks to release and see which cards provide the level of performance you are looking to achieve. From there, buy the best card you can afford within your budget. I think your platform is fine for now and I just don't foresee the 9900K being the bottleneck in this situation, especially at 4k. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2020 @TSMichaelB I'd agree, benchmarks are key to my decision of what to buy. @umgoblue007 8K sounds like an amazing experience, I can 'see' why you'd be wanting to upgrade. 😊 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LeOnion ✭ September 2020 Will there be a midnight release or wait until the store opens its doors at the regular time? Will there also be reservations? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 We will not be doing a midnight release. Reservations will be available at some point however based on past releases we will likely have the cards available only if you come into the store, at least to start off with until supply/demand stabilize.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook umgoblue007 ✭ September 2020 I live in Manhattan, so I frequent both the North New Jersey and Brooklyn NY locations.  Will availability vary depending on specific location?   Will reservations depend on the specific location or will all locations follow same process?  I can’t wait for the new cards! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 All locations should follow the same process, but availability may vary from store to store.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DrutypeR ✭ September 2020 Can we get a post on here when there will be reservations or when the store procedures are announced? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Daviid ✭ September 2020 Will microcenter only have the FE cards in store or could we expect some AIB versions as well? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Joela ✭ September 2020 Daviid said: Will microcenter only have the FE cards in store or could we expect some AIB versions as well? I was told by an in store rep that there would be AIB's in stock as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook yaeji ✭ September 2020 I live about 35 minutes from the Dallas location, probably won't be able to get a 3080 on launch day. Does anyone know of a certain timeframe that any Ampere card (mainly the 3080) will go back in stock? Yesterday, I bought a couple things for my upcoming build and told an in-store rep that I'd be coming back on release, but again, I don't think that's happening.. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin September 2020 DrutypeR said: Can we get a post on here when there will be reservations or when the store procedures are announced? Yes, once we get the rest of the details we should have an update posted here. Daviid said: Will microcenter only have the FE cards in store or could we expect some AIB versions as well? Joela said: Daviid said: Will microcenter only have the FE cards in store or could we expect some AIB versions as well? I was told by an in store rep that there would be AIB's in stock as well. We will have AIBs, I believe we will have FE cards, but again, waiting on final details.   yaeji said: I live about 35 minutes from the Dallas location, probably won't be able to get a 3080 on launch day. Does anyone know of a certain timeframe that any Ampere card (mainly the 3080) will go back in stock? Yesterday, I bought a couple things for my upcoming build and told an in-store rep that I'd be coming back on release, but again, I don't think that's happening.. NORMALLY with high demand stuff like this we try to restock frequently, within a few days. However we don't know what availability will be like at the beginning with this launch. For all we know we could sell out of initial stock then not receive any more from manufacturers for two weeks.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook floydian022 ✭ September 2020 Apparently, no FE cards:  https://twitter.com/microcenter/status/1304475301100105729 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DrutypeR ✭ September 2020 floydian022 said: Apparently, no FE cards:  https://twitter.com/microcenter/status/1304475301100105729 Thank you for posting this response. I was hoping to go for either FE card or Asus Strix. If Micro Center near me wont be carrying either Ill go through the online route. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook floydian022 ✭ September 2020 Honestly, it was what I was expecting from the get-go, as IIRC, FEs were only available at the NVidia store and Best Buy at the 2000 series launch.  Saw the convo here regarding whether MC would have them this time around or not, and figured I'd share the tweet. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DKC1995 ✭ September 2020 I have a Ryzen 5 3600 CPU and a B450 Asrock Mobo. 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