In a brief news post made to their GeForce website last night, NVIDIA has announced that they have delayed the launch of the upcoming GeForce RTX 3070 video card. The high-end video card, which was set to launch on October 15th for $499, has been pushed back by two weeks. It will now be launching on October 29th.

Indirectly referencing the launch-day availability concerns for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 last month, NVIDIA is citing a desire to have “more cards available on launch day” for the delay. NVIDIA does not disclose their launch supply numbers, so it’s not clear just how many more cards another two weeks’ worth of stockpiling will net them – it likely still won’t be enough to meet all demand – but it should at least improve the odds.

NVIDIA GeForce Specification Comparison
  RTX 3070 RTX 3080 RTX 3090 RTX 2070
CUDA Cores 5888 8704 10496 2304
ROPs 96 96 112 64
Boost Clock 1.725GHz 1.71GHz 1.7GHz 1.62GHz
Memory Clock 14Gbps GDDR6 19Gbps GDDR6X 19.5Gbps GDDR6X 14Gbps GDDR6
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit 256-bit
Single Precision Perf. 20.4 TFLOPs 29.8 TFLOPs 35.7 TFLOPs 7.5 TFLOPs
Tensor Perf. (FP16) 81.3 TFLOPs 119 TFLOPs 143 TFLOPs 59.8 TFLOPs
Tensor Perf. (FP16-Sparse) 163 TFLOPs 238 TFLOPs 285 TFLOPs 59.8 TFLOPs
TDP 220W 320W 350W 175W
GPU GA104 GA102 GA102 TU106
Transistor Count 17.4B 28B 28B 10.8B
Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere Turing
Manufacturing Process Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm TSMC 12nm "FFN"
Launch Date 10/15/2020
09/17/2020 09/24/2020 10/17/2018
Launch Price MSRP: $499 MSRP: $699 MSRP: $1499 MSRP: $499
Founders $599

Interestingly, this delay also means that the RTX 3070 will now launch after AMD’s planned Radeon product briefing, which is scheduled for October 28th. NVIDIA has already shown their hand with respect to specifications and pricing, so the 3070’s price and performance are presumably locked in. But this does give NVIDIA one last chance to react – or at least, distract – should they need it.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • TEAMSWITCHER - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    They really need to get more RTX 3080 FE cards into the hands of mere mortals. I started unsubscribing to the YouTubers showing off their RTX cards. It's really NOT in my interest to pay them any attention - what-so-ever. It will just translate int them getting more cards on the next launch and having even fewer for paying customers.
  • raywin - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    This!!! do not support ppl that are helping nvidia with their false scarcity.
  • michael2k - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    That's dumb. It's not false scarcity; the more the card is advertised (ie, shown off on YouTube), the higher demand potentially is. So a more correct way to say it is; Do not create scarcity by driving up demand. Or in other words, by not watching the YouTube channels, you don't give them any profit motive to drive up demand, and you don't become enamored of wanting one yourself.

    If no one wants one, demand falls and scarcity falls.
  • raywin - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    why don't they share their FE numbers?
  • whatthe123 - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    None of the manufacturers share their numbers, online sources for numbers are from market research like JPR or mindfactory sharing their retail sales.

    Hell if you believe they're lying and artificially creating scarcity why would you believe the numbers they give you anyway? They could say they sold a million and then at their earnings call they could list it as a million allocated to vendors/AIB in Q4. Either way what you're asking for makes no sense considering your theory.
  • raywin - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    creating a paper launch with an artificial price target on a card a consumer can't buy would support my theory, as would the number of FE cards produced
  • whatthe123 - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    i'm saying if you think they're lying to you already, how exactly would another lie prove anything? There's no way for them to prove anything to you as you've already assume they are liars. From reading through your conspiracy theory it's pretty obvious you got it from the same youtuber everyone got this dumb conspiracy from. I guess it's not surprising considering RTG enables this behavior by retweeting that garbage.
  • raywin - Sunday, October 11, 2020 - link

    conspiracy theory? i think this is just their business practice
  • GruntboyX - Monday, October 19, 2020 - link

    Paper launch is a desperate gamble when you don't know what your competitor is getting ready to release. If Nvidia is trying to do a paper launch and AMD hits a home run with Radeon they will burn bridges with their customers and shift demand to their competitor.

    I don't buy the paper launch theory. I think its their supply chain is comprised either with Covid impacts or they have yield issues.
  • michael2k - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    Why do you think the FE numbers matter? NVIDIA isn't an OEM and doesn't book the revenue separately. If their revenue were significantly impacted by the FE cards I imagine they would be making a much bigger deal out of them.

    Essentially, the FE cards are going to be out first, sold out first, and be a miniscule part of the market, especially if they are charging $100 to $200 more.

    As for the real answer, I imagine it's because there is no need to publish information that could be used competitively against them.

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