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Nvidia on GeForce RTX 30 Shortages: We Don't Get Enough Chips

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Due to rising demand for PCs and PC components as well as disrupted supply chains, many high-tech products are hard to get these days. Gamers and PC enthusiasts are among the most vocal audiences, which is why Nvidia's GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards are notorious for their short supply. This was highlighted by Nvidia in a recent webcast.

Nvidia does not deny that it cannot supply enough of its latest add-in-boards (AIB) because of overwhelming demand and because it cannot get enough wafers with chips from its partner Samsung Foundry. The company admits that there are constraints beyond chip supply, so the issue with shortages is indeed very complicated.  

"We do have supply constraints and our supply constraints do expand past what we are seeing in terms of wafers and silicon, but yes some constrains are in substrates and components," said Colette Kress, CFO of Nvidia, at Credit Suisse 24th Annual Technology Conference. "We continue to work during the quarter on our supply and we believe though that demand will probably exceed supply in Q4 for overall gaming." 

The chief financial officer of Nvidia did not disclose which other components are in short supply and the nature of constraints beyond chips. PC makers have already complained about complicated logistics and even warned that they will have to compete for air cargo space with pharma companies in the coming months.  

For Nvidia, 'overall gaming' are desktop graphics cards, GPUs for laptops, and SoCs for game consoles like Nintendo's Switch or Nvidia's own Shield. On the desktop side of matters, it is obvious that there are not enough GeForce RTX 3070/3080/3090 graphics cards on the market. There are no GeForce RTX 30-series for laptops just yet, but lead times for high-end gaming notebooks are getting longer. 

Getting additional wafers from Samsung Foundry is tricky since semiconductor manufacturing capacity is usually booked well in advance and it is unclear whether the contract maker of semiconductors has enough spare capacity to increase production for Nvidia overnight.  

The company remains generally optimistic about its abilities to solve supply challenges and believes that while GeForce RTX 30-series availability constraints will continue for a while, it will be able to disclose more information about its the situation before the end of its fiscal quarter, which closes in late January. 

"We do expect it probably to take a couple months for it to catch up to demand, but at this time, it is really difficult for us to quantify," said Kress. "So, we stay focused on trying to get our parts to the market for this very important holiday season. Each day things continue to improve. But before the end of the quarter, we will be able to provide some more information."

  • Gurg
    Suddenly today there are a couple of 3080s and 3060tis at my local Microcenter in Columbus.
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  • thepersonwithaface45
    Gurg said:
    Suddenly today there are a couple of 3080s and 3060tis at my local Microcenter in Columbus.

    suddenly have the urge to call my local microcenter. Did you call up there or check online? Mine says online they have a 3080 in a pre-built but nothing on standalone cards, online wise.
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  • Gurg
    thepersonwithaface45 said:
    suddenly have the urge to call my local microcenter. Did you call up there or check online? Mine says online they have a 3080 in a pre-built but nothing on standalone cards, online wise.
    Showed up online when I checked about 20 minutes ago. Also limited 3060tis in Cleveland. 463060tis in Columbus.
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  • btmedic04
    Gurg said:
    Showed up online when I checked about 20 minutes ago. Also limited 3060tis in Cleveland. 463060tis in Columbus.

    Cleveland Microcenter showed 126+ 3060 Tis before the store opened. If you refresh on a slow connection, it sometimes will show you total numbers. As of right now at 11:31 all 9 SKUs are still in stock
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  • bigdragon
    I see some 3060 Ti models at Microcenters in Maryland today, but they're all priced as if they're 3070s. Way too expensive for such disappointing performance and limited VRAM. You have to go to the store and pick them up -- no reservations or online sales. I like how Microcenter is handling this, but those prices are a big nope.

    I'm waiting to see how the 6700 XT pans out, and if there is any news on a 3070 Ti. I've been thinking of getting an Index, so getting a stronger GPU is on my wishlist.

    Nvidia needs to get it together. Find a way to sell to gamers....not miners, streamers, scalpers....gamers. You know, the people who actually use the GPUs for their intended purpose and buy up tons of gaming industry products. I'd be way happier with a reservation and queue system than the current free-for-all product drops.
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  • nofanneeded
    Where is your time machine when you need it
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  • kal326
    bigdragon said:
    I see some 3060 Ti models at Microcenters in Maryland today, but they're all priced as if they're 3070s. Way too expensive for such disappointing performance and limited VRAM. You have to go to the store and pick them up -- no reservations or online sales. I like how Microcenter is handling this, but those prices are a big nope.
    Seeing the same at my local one. Two 3070 skus as well. Interesting most are MSI boards across the 7 skus of RTX 30 cards in stock. Hopefully they get some AMD chips to. BF weekend wrecked them for PC parts stock across the board.
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  • thepersonwithaface45
    Still some 3060tis at my local microcenter in MO, but they didn't have any other 30 series restocks unfortunately, unless they sold out before I checked. Sad lads.
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  • Gurg
    Now only ONE 3060ti left in Columbus.
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  • Uilleam
    Admin said:
    Nvidia says that demand for gaming hardware will exceed supply this quarter.

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    My 1080ti plays all the games I play just fine. I don't see myself needing a newer card anytime soon unless mine dies.
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