Danish electronics retailer Proshop has updated its RTX GPU inventory once again, and even though the RTX 3070 launch is set for just 10 days from now (on October 29th), it looks like the cards are likely to be as hard to find and buy then as they were on the RTX 3080 and 3090 launches.
Proshop first started making its RTX inventory available for the public on October 7th, frustrated by customer complaints about not being able to buy the highly sought after graphics cards. Since then, it’s periodically updated its numbers, and it added an RTX 3070 chart to its list late last week. Now, that chart’s been updated again, and even though the RTX 3070 launch was already delayed once to give stores time to stock up on cards ahead of time, shipments from manufacturers are still falling behind.
Attempting to stock up on cards from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and Inno3D, Proshop has so far ordered 4,280 RTX 3070 units from manufacturers. Of those units, only 106 have actually made it into Proshop’s hands so far. Another 185 are confirmed to be on the way, but that still leaves 3,989 cards unaccounted for.
In other words, Proshop only has 2.5% of its RTX 3070 stock in right now.
Granted, this is only one retailer, but it seems as if the delayed launch hasn’t helped beef up RTX 3070 supply much. By comparison, Proshop’s RTX 3080 stock is currently sitting at 479 out of 8,925 total ordered units, with just 142 confirmed to be on the way. Proshop’s RTX 3090 stock isn’t much better, as the company currently only has just 148 out of 1,912 ordered units in hand, with just 52 more confirmed to be on the way.
It’s possible that other retailers might be having more success, but as Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said in a recent Q&A, numbers like this mean that we can probably expect demand to outstrip supply across the whole RTX line throughout the rest of the year.
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Looks like Nvidia is getting clobbered by its decision to use Samsung 8nm, just can't seem to get the chips in meaningful quantities.Reply
Honestly, after all the hype I'm kinda wore out. I was planning on shooting for a 4k monitor and a 3080 before cyber punk releases, but now I'm probably just gonna stick at 2k gaming for cyber punk.Reply
I don't expect the launch to be different than the previous two. Oh wellReply
I'm curious to know what the inventory is looking like for the Radeon 6000 launch, and if AMD will be able to get those out in any meaningful volume before the end of the year.Reply
Isn't this the best case scenario though? I thought TSMC had a lot less capacity than Samsung? Meaning if they went with TSMC, the situation would be worse.InvalidError said:Looks like Nvidia is getting clobbered by its decision to use Samsung 8nm, just can't seem to get the chips in meaningful quantities.
Samsung may have lots of fab capacity but most of it is for DRAM and NAND manufacturing, not performance-oriented 8nm logic. Samsung has a long history of struggling to get new fab processes up to speed and losing contracts for cutting-edge process to TSMC, so its 8nm may be in a similar state to Intel's 10nm - more work still needed before high volume production.Shadowclash10 said:Isn't this the best case scenario though? I thought TSMC had a lot less capacity than Samsung? Meaning if they went with TSMC, the situation would be worse.
We'll see, but I'd bet AMD could have rushed a release out the door like Nvidia did, but decided not to. They've been dealing with TSMC for quite awhile now, and with all the GPU's already made for the console releases, I'd wager that AMD probably stacked their deck as far as the PC Gpu release.Reply
It's a rushed launch. Not certain that the current bottleneck is at GPU production since the card manufacturers were also invited late to the party. I do agree that GPU production most probably isn't stellar though...InvalidError said:Looks like Nvidia is getting clobbered by its decision to use Samsung 8nm, just can't seem to get the chips in meaningful quantities.
There was production capability available when Nvidia began their price negotiations with TSMC.Shadowclash10 said:Isn't this the best case scenario though? I thought TSMC had a lot less capacity than Samsung? Meaning if they went with TSMC, the situation would be worse.
Once they realised TSMC wasn't willing to go as low as they desired AMD and others had stepped in and purchased a lot of the capacity at a higher price point.
So the current production level is a "best case" given Nvidia's miscalculation on the demand for 7nm.
From a consumer point of view a better follow-up would have been to delay the sale start of these cards by a couple of months to give the AIB-partners time to design better cards and produce them in larger quantities before the release. By then the production of GPUs would (will) also have matured, resulting in better yields. A pre-mature sale start is by no means a "best case".
Nvidia is obviously interested in getting some advantage over AMD by getting first to market, and then also making more money by having a high demand paired with low availability so that customers are willing to pay more than the MSRP just to get any card. (See for example the user reviews on Newegg. Each $700 RTX 3080 model has far fewer reviews than the >$800 models.)
What stress Samsung and Nvidia must be having right now. Even if Samsung is paying Nvidia for this problem, wouldn't be enough for everthingReply
Ouch. Looks like the Ampere supply problem is an even bigger problem than I realized. I was excited about the idea of upgrading from a 1070 to a 30-series card, but these supply issues and the capacitor stability design flaw has me thinking Ampere is tainted. Nvidia really botched this launch.Reply