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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  • Spunjji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    I'd guess that's the most likely motivation - an attempt at a spoiler launch to steal press attention away.
  • Notagaintoday - Thursday, October 8, 2020 - link

    29th, eh? I can't help but think they wanted to rain on AMD's parade"

    Not only that, but by waiting a day later, and delaying the launch of the 3070, AMD now can't use the 3070 in comparison charts in its launch of RDNA2, so they will only be able to compare RDNA2 to the 3080/90 cards, and 'gamers' will see that RDNA II is not much better than a 3080, so will still buy the 3070, not AMD. Its about bull**it marketing, nothing more!

    Nvidia gets another one over the average consumer, and still coins it in with deceptive marketing. And yet 'gamers' fall for it time-and-time again. LOL!
  • Qasar - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - link

    " and 'gamers' will see that RDNA II is not much better than a 3080, so will still buy the 3070 "
    oh ? if rdna2 competes as well as the rumors and leaks seems to indicate, and if it is priced lower then the equiv. rtx 3000, how do you figure gamers will still buy a 3070 ? as it stands, the 3080/3090 is priced put of reach in canada, the 3080 starts @ around $900. the 3070, could be with in reach of some, but, those with more important financial obligations, will probable pass on that as well. no know i know is even considering the 3080, forget about the 3090. they might consider the 3070, but cause it has been delayed til the 29th, they are now waiting to see what rdna2 is like and decide.
  • nadim.kahwaji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    Does anyone know when the review of the 3080,3090 RTX will Published ?
  • TacoR0sado - Friday, October 16, 2020 - link

    4 weeks later, my guess is it isn't coming.

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