If you thought it would be easier to buy NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphics cards by the end of the year, then we have bad news. Today, the head of NVIDIA, Jensen Huang, announced that the shortage of GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 video cards will remain until the end of 2020. He did not say anything about the RTX 3070 model, but, apparently, she will face the same fate.
“I believe the demand for graphics cards will surpass the capabilities of our suppliers by the end of the year. Please note that we are in for a double blow. By double whammy, I mean the holiday period. Before him, we were doing well, but then came the “Ampere factor”. And after that comes the “Ampere factor in the holiday season”. We will have a very, very busy fourth quarter of this year “, – commented the executive director of NVIDIA.
Today, the GTC 2020 event took place, during which the manufacturer presented several new products for professional users, as well as for the server and cloud computing sectors. After the presentation, the company held a Q&A session with the press. As expected, some of the questions were related to a serious shortage of GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 video cards. In response to complaints, Huang said that the company does not experience a shortage of its products, it is experiencing excess demand:
“We have a demand problem for RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphics cards, not a supply problem. The demand turned out to be much, much higher than we expected. And we expected a very high demand. Computer hardware retailers will confirm that they themselves have not seen such phenomenal demand in more than ten years. We are trying very hard. The GPU manufacturing is excellent and the product shipments are fantastic. It’s just that the product is sold instantly. I am very grateful to the customers for this, but I think that there really is a problem here that needs to be addressed. This is a real phenomenon “Huang added.
Recall that NVIDIA recently also postponed the start of sales of the younger model GeForce RTX 3070 by two weeks in order to have time to produce more video cards for launch. Considering that it is faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and also more than half of it cheaper (the price of the reference version of the RTX 3070 is $ 500), it can be expected that the shortage situation may not only repeat itself, but also turn out to be worse than with more expensive the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 models, despite NVIDIA’s efforts.
Huang’s forecast for graphics card shortages is similar to earlier reports from the Chinese media, which also predicted card shortages until at least early 2021. These reports also said that the manufacturers of graphics solutions based on the GeForce RTX 30-series can agree among themselves, as well as with motherboard manufacturers, and force buyers to purchase new items as part of ready-made kits. Fortunately, this did not happen. While.
The owners of mining farms and speculators also create significant difficulties by continuing to buy up all the stocks of video cards using special bots. The only way for the average buyer to purchase a GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 right now is patience and the indestructible F5 key on the keyboard to refresh the product availability page and catch that rare moment when cards are still available for purchase for a few seconds.
Something suggests that a similar situation awaits the start of sales of the GeForce RTX 3070, which will take place on October 29.
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