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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  • just4U - Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - link

    That's just silly.. I see nothing different here from other paper launches of NVs new cards and you can bet their making decent money off of it all. Slim profit margins? That's a joke.. The only time NV ever slashes prices is when Amd is beating them. Anyway, It's very similar to the 600 series launch where they released the titan (ish) cooler for the first time and people were actually interested in getting the NV offering over partner cards.
  • GruntboyX - Monday, October 19, 2020 - link

    I think 320W is telling that NVIDIA is pushing Ampere too hard. I would be curious to know what the performance would be if the power budget was still at 20 series levels.
  • GruntboyX - Monday, October 19, 2020 - link

    This is silly. There are maybe 10 to 20 reputable social media influencers and press outlets who get access to early hardware. That is not even going to remotely influence the supply when they are capable of producing thousands a day / week.
  • Sivar - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    It is now 2 weeks after the RTX 3080 launch, and available units are limited to scalping sales on eBay.
    I am, not sure how much a 2-week delay will help, especially for the slightly more mainstream RTX 3070.

    It's good to have such demand, and nVidia deserves to sell every unit they can get. I just hope I can get one within the next few months.
  • Mr Perfect - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    You might not want one of the first batch of 30 series cards anyhow, they've been having stability problems at clocks above 2GHz. OEMs are looking at new board revisions and Nvidia has release drivers that keep boost clocks under 2GHz.
  • Flunk - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    If you want the TLDR there, it only affects some 3rd party designs. Not all 3rd party and not the founders edition.
  • raywin - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    yep, good luck finding out which ones are the bad ones
  • Dizoja86 - Friday, October 2, 2020 - link

    There are almost no consumer cards that have been released with 6 sp-caps, and as we've been seeing, a good portion of the issues have been driver-related. It's honestly pretty ridiculous that--now that the stability issues have been solved--are going to complain about potentially losing 30mhz on an already very high overclock. Nobody is guaranteed a card that is going to hit 2050-2100mhz, and whether the overclocking stress breaks down first in the GPU, VRAM, or capacitors really doesn't make much difference.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    That's a little too short of a summary. People have reported the same issues with FE cards, just not as frequent.

    The initial blame was laid at the feet of AIBs - something Nvidia seems happy to allow to happen - but in reality they've all followed Nvidia's guidance. Updated drivers seem to have taken the edge off it, so the sensible conclusion is that Nvidia's boost algorithms were provoking issues with voltage regulation that were exacerbated by certain designs.
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    The cards aren't advertised as supporting over 2GHz so it shouldn't matter if they don't support it.

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