Waiting to Buy an Nvidia RTX 3080? We Have Bad News
If you’ve been waiting patiently for the Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics card to be back in stock, we have bad news. It may be time to move on.
“Unfortunately we have received news from both manufacturers and Nvidia that the availability of the cards of the RTX 3000 series will deteriorate further in the first quarter of 2021,” warned the European hardware retailer Alternate.de on its website.
However, some cards are less popular than others, so you might be luckier if you upgrade to either an RTX 3090 or an RTX 3070 instead, as these cards are less in demand than the 3080 and 3060 Ti.
The demand for the $ 699 RTX 3080 and the $ 399 RTX 3060 Ti is extremely high. According to Tom’s Hardware, Alternate has many open orders. On the flip side, there are currently few open orders for the more expensive RTX 3090 valued at $ 1,499 and the mid-priced RTX 3070 at $ 499.
Alternative claims are that there are few inbound shipments for these cards. While inventory is still limited, the good news for gamers is that the Ultra-Premium 3090 and Midrange 3070 also have fewer jobs to fill. This means there is a better chance of getting one of these cards through the flagship RTX 3080.
There is still a waiting list
When it comes to Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series graphics, regardless of your model, you still have to wait after placing your order. Alternate said there is still a waiting list as Nvidia, like rivals AMD and Intel, sees high demand for its cards. This has created bottlenecks during the pandemic as more and more people find they need extra computing power while at work, studying and trying to be entertained at home.
Despite overwhelming supply and demand bottlenecks, players in the market should order their new GPU as soon as possible as prices are likely to rise. Given the law of supply and demand, retailers expect the cost of a new graphics card to rise in the near future. Alternative claims that the bottlenecks are getting worse and will become the new norm for the foreseeable future. Still, many retailers claim that if you’re already on the list, you can keep your order price.
Like the rest of the industry, Nvidia has a hard time sourcing raw materials to make its cards. Prior to today’s news, there was talk that a lack of components – especially GDDR6 memory – could be the cause of some of the GPU bottlenecks in the market. Interestingly, both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 use more advanced GDDR6X memory and not the GDDR6 part cited in the previous rumor.
The lunar new year adds to suffering
Another factor that is adding to the shortage in the near future is the New Year holidays, when many factories across Asia are shut down for a week or two.
“This is due to the poor availability of raw materials and Nvidia chips, but also due to the Chinese New Year, which leads to a temporary closure of factories,” said Alternate.
Nvidia’s CFO had previously predicted that the shortage is likely to continue through at least the first quarter of this year.
Even before any component problems, the popularity of these cards had spurred price increases in the secondary market as scalpers removed pre-orders for resale on sites like eBay. With news of more supply shortages, gamers may be disappointed to hear that price increases are likely to affect the official distribution channel as well.
In the United States, prices are already rising due to increased tariffs from the country’s trade dispute with China, where much of the world’s electronics are manufactured. A 25% tariff enacted by the administration of former President Donald Trump means the RTX 3080 will cost $ 699 and will cost $ 874 before official price increases and taxes.
If you’re in the market for a GPU, it is probably best to get your order sooner rather than later, even if you have to wait due to shipping delays.