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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  • Sivar - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    I am still hoping for an Anandtech RTX 3080 review. It's a bit late. :(
  • DejayC - Saturday, October 3, 2020 - link

    I think the Radeon 6900 will be likely between 3070 and 3080 performance and that’s why they’re delaying the launch of the 3070, to make sure that they stay competitive at that price point. I was really hoping for team AMD to pull out a big win but it looks like Vega all over again.
  • Gigaplex - Sunday, October 4, 2020 - link

    It's pretty much guaranteed at this point that if the hype is around an "NVIDIA killer" then the card isn't going to meet expectations. It has been a long time since AMD/ATI has held the performance crown in the GPU space.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    They haven't managed it since GCN launched. Coincidentally, they're about to be on the second iteration of their first post-GCN architecture.

    Not saying this will get them the crown; just saying this may not be the moment to assume they'll repeat those past mistakes.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    You forget the 290x, that was 2 years after launch.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    Didn't that one essentially tie with the Titan? I'd certainly not call it a win worth having, not for the power draw it required 😬
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    All indications are that a card with the most consistently projected 6900 specs should *at least* reach performance parity with the 3080, and if that's all it does then it will likely also be more efficient.

    Bear in mind that the 3080 performs like twice an RX 5700, and the 6900 is reputedly twice a 5700 XT with improved performance-per-watt, and the 3080 has roughly the same PPW as the RX 5700. It would be really, really difficult for AMD to miss this target.

    I'm not saying they haven't; just saying that everybody assuming they have based purely on the Fury / Vega launches is missing a trick.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    The 6900 *specs* dont inspire confidence.

    rDNA 1 was more bandwidth hungry then turing. Are we to expect that rDNA 2 is such a huge redesign that it can now feed twice as many cores with the SAME BUS as a 5700xt?

    Yeah, no. Nvidia couldnt pull that off, AMD Certianly cant pull that off. They dont have the money or engineering capability for that big of a jump.

    Expect nothing more then 3070/2080ti performance at best.
  • Qasar - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    have you even seen the you tube videos by redgamingtech, coretek, or moorselawisdead ? if not, go look them up.
  • Spunjji - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    I refuse to believe (without further information) that AMD would deliberately design a GPU with such a lopsided design, especially given their historic tendency to overegg the pudding WRT memory bandwidth. It doesn't make sense economically or from an engineering perspective.

    Whether it's because the leaked memory specs are wrong or because of some "secret sauce", I wouldn't really want to place any bets - but AMD have previous with using novel design innovations to upend the market, both in the CPU and GPU arenas.

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