NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang thinks Ampere shortages may last till 2021
In a Q&A session after GTC Digital 2020 NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang confirmed that GeForce RTX 3090/3080 shortages are to be expected until 2021:
I believe that demand will outstrip all of our supply throughout the year. Remember, we’re also going into the double-whammy, the double-whammy is the holiday season. Even before the holiday season we were doing incredibly well, and then you add on top of it, the Ampere factor, and then you add on the Ampere holiday factor, and we’re going to have a really really big Q4 season.”
– Jensen Huang
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 launch has seen an unbelievable demand, with retailers fighting over each shipment to fulfil their preorder queues. Meanwhile, manufacturers are providing daily updates on social media and apologizing for the delay in graphics card availability.
The reports of possible shortages have been appearing even before Ampere GPUs were released, but it is also worth mentioning an article from Anthony Garreffa (TweakTown) who wrote that “no stock will be available till the end of the year”. The announcement from Jensen seems to confirm it.
Huang later added that “there is no supply but a demand issue”. This is honestly hard to believe, as we have heard from our sources that they received a lot fewer cards at launch than they usually did.
NVIDIA has already postponed the release of the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card to prepare a larger stock at launch. One thing is certain though, there will be a lot more consumers trying to purchase 499 USD model since 699 USD cards are nowhere to be found.
Source: Tom’s Hardware