Nvidia said on Friday it was halting all product sales to Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. “We are not selling in Russia,” an Nvidia spokesperson told PCMag.
The company did not elaborate why. But the spokesperson said the sales suspension covers all Nvidia products.
Other major US tech companies have also halted sales to Russia, citing the war in Ukraine. On Friday, Microsoft called the attack “illegal” and announced it would suspend “all new sales” of the company’s products in the country, which should include the Windows OS, Microsoft cloud services and Xbox consoles.
A day earlier, both AMD and Intel also said they were halting all chip sales to Russia and Belarus, the country’s allies in the invasion of Ukraine. “We will stand with the people of Ukraine and the global community for an immediate end to this war and a speedy return to peace,” Intel wrote in its announcement.
The sales suspension will probably make it harder for Russian-based users to own a PC from official retail channels in the country. But for now, it’s unclear whether the stoppage will mean third-party companies in the PC ecosystem—such as laptop and GPU makers—will also halt product shipments to Russia.
So it’s possible that Nvidia’s RTX 3000 cards may still be shipping to Russian retailers through graphics card vendors such as Gigabyte, MSI, and Asus. We’ve reached out to him for comment, and will update the story if we hear back.
Earlier this week, Apple also halted product sales and exports to Russia, further limiting the flow of consumer electronics into the country. Meanwhile, game developers such as Electronics Arts and CD Projekt RED have banned their sales against Russia.