RTX 3080: A big launch of big GPU with tiny supply
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 launch day will definitely be remembered as a paper launch. Around the world, thousands of people were queuing to retail stores hoping to snag NVIDIA’s first 8nm graphics card. In many cases, those people should now be lucky owners of Ampere RTX 30.
Those staying at home (as they should, during the on-going global health concerns) and thinking about ordering RTX 3080 online, were not so lucky. The stock has immediately been depleted, almost as if there was no stock at all.
Online retailer websites received a hug of death and entering any of those websites was already an achievement. In a bit comical way, AMD employees have suggested that an upgrade to the AMD processors may prevent such a problem in the future.
But people are fighting back. Scalpers who bought the cards using bots are now trying to sell them on eBay. So others have written bots to automatically place bids that will never be paid for. Greg Salzar made a video covering the issue.
It is also worth mentioning that two weeks ago TweakTown had a story that Ampere may see limited stock until the end of this year. But at the time there was no way of confirming this information.
A few hours ago, NVIDIA issued a statement confirming that over 50 major global retailers had inventory. Considering that there are hundreds of thousands of people thinking about an upgrade, that definitely wasn’t enough. NVIDIA is now manually reviewing orders, but that only concerns people who bought the card through the NVIDIA official store.
“This morning we saw unprecedented demand for the GeForce RTX 3080 at global retailers, including the NVIDIA online store. At 6 a.m. pacific we attempted to push the NVIDIA store live. Despite preparation, the NVIDIA store was inundated with traffic and encountered an error. We were able to resolve the issues and sales began registering normally.
To stop bots and scalpers on the NVIDIA store, we’re doing everything humanly possible, including manually reviewing orders, to get these cards in the hands of legitimate customers.
Over 50 major global retailers had inventory at 6 a.m. pacific. Our NVIDIA team and partners are shipping more RTX 3080 cards every day to retailers.
We apologize to our customers for this morning’s experience.”
On September 24th NVIDIA is launching its flagship model – GeForce RTX 3090. The card, considered a TITAN successor, will cost 1499 USD, so it should see a much smaller demand. However, we encourage everyone to wait for more custom models to be available. Those who are not planning to upgrade in the next 2-3 years are also encouraged to a bit longer for Radeon RX 6000 series or GeForce RTX 3080 20GB.