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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  • raywin - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    because I think nvidia is producing an extremely limited number of FE cards
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    I thought that was a point of FE cards? Limited numbers for the fanboys, everybody else waits for partner cards to see which offer the best balance of features/performance/price.
  • raywin - Sunday, October 11, 2020 - link

    I think the point of producing the FE cards was controlling the reviewer narrative with a false sample
  • Drkrieger01 - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    Very high demand market, brand new product, high mobility product channels. This means it typically takes time to ramp up production to hit demand targets, and with COVID messing up so many metrics this year it's hard to get a good number. It also requires foundries to product 'x' number of chips when they don't know exactly how much they need. If yields aren't good, you'll be waiting, and I haven't found any info on Ampere's yield rates.

    Any time I see a 'new product' launch, I expect it to take up to 1-3 months after launch before it's available, at least here in Canada. You need to adjust your expectations ;)
  • nathanddrews - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    I've never liked FE cards. The aftermarket versions are generally superior: cooling, dual BIOS, OC, etc.
  • jtd871 - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    The FE cards this go-round are loss leaders designed to pump up initial review scores. The cooling solution is too expensive for the MSRP (i.e., NV is making razor thin margins on them), and the AIBs likely aren't allowed to use the FE cooling design at any price.
  • raywin - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    This seems to be the consensus, FE were for reviewers, a miniscule number were made for the general public. Some estimates are less than 30k
  • whatthe123 - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    AIBs are already beating the FE cooler in thermals, mostly because they're willing to slap 3+ slot coolers on the 3080.
  • Elusi - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    They are ”beating” the FE but with plenty of conceits. They beat it by designing larger volume cards with vertical fin stacks, dumping 320W(!) worh of heat almost exclusively inside the case. And none can match MSRP, with Nvidia footing the bill for early adopters before oct 15th (this has been disclosed to reviewers but curiously the youtubers don’t like talking about it). Getting the FE at 699 was the best deal you could have made this launch. It might continue to be, depending on if nvidia plans to restock once o week going forward as well.
  • raywin - Sunday, October 11, 2020 - link

    someone is paying attention

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