Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card is expected to be available on October 15th, while concerns over potential inventory levels of the upcoming RTX 3080, the first next-generation GPU to be released on September 17th, persist (more on that later) . .
We used to know that the RTX 3070 would be the last amp graphics card to be part of those that were part of Nvidia’s first reveal (the RTX 3090 is due September 24th), but we knew everything about the release date about the 3070 was that it would come out sometime in October.
Now we have an official date, October 15th, which, as the more cynical could claim, is well positioned before AMD̵
The cheapest Ampere GPU – or at least until the RTX 3060 arrives – the RTX 3070 will hit the streets priced at $ 499 (or £ 469, around AU $ 685) and promises a lot of performance for the money.
The RTX 3080 makes even bigger promises, and ratings were expected to drop on September 14th. However, in the GeForce forum post announcing the RTX 3070’s release date, the Nvidia representative clarified that the review embargo has been postponed until September 16.
The Nvidia community manager gave a reason for the embargo move on Reddit: “Due to Covid, late shipping and other issues, we received a lot of inquiries from people asking for more time to complete their review of the RTX 3080 Founders Edition . ”
Of course, September 16 is just a day before the release, so some members of the PC gaming community who wanted to see the review early next week to give them plenty got irritated and impatient to think before the big one Date of publication.
That said, if the stock shortage rumors turn out to be correct, you may not have time to think – or even blink – before the RTX 3080 sells out (but like any speculation, take that with a pinch of salt, of course). .
However, this is such a hot topic that Micro Center even posted an FAQ on inventory issues, in which the US retailer confirms it won’t be stocking any of Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Founders Edition on release day.
However, Micro Center notes that “many third-party cards are expected in the release from vendors such as Asus, Gigabyte, Zotac, EVGA, and MSI”. The retailer continues, “Stock levels may vary by location. You can check our website to see which ones we have in stock.”
Hopefully there should be a decent number of third-party cards out there, but the fact that the retailer qualifies that inventory can vary raises a bit of doubt. And there is also a question on “When are you going to replenish?” – with the answer “We will replenish as soon as possible!” – This could be another indication that GPUs may be thinner on the floor than ideal.
Particularly given the high demand for the RTX 3080 and an early rush to grab cards, it is expected. Micro Center states that “in-store reservations are not being made to pick up these graphics cards due to high demand,” and customers can purchase a maximum of one GPU per household. “If availability is limited, we want all of our customers to have the opportunity to be part of this new product version,” adds Micro Center.
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