RTX 30 series cards shortages will last until 2021, says Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Oct 6, 2020 4:00 PM

With the recent announcement of the RTX 30 series graphics cards, everyone has been trying to get their hands on the next-gen GPUs, and subsequently the recent launches for both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards have been sold out almost instantaneously. Now Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has revealed that the RTX 30 shortages will most likely last until 2021.

In a recent Q&A session with the press, Huang said “I believe that demand will outstrip all of our supply through the year,” mentioning that the upcoming holiday season will likely see even more demand for the new cards: 

Remember, we're also going into the double-whammy. The double-whammy is the holiday season. Even before the holiday season, we were doing incredibly well, and then you add on top of it the ‘Ampere factor,’ and then you add on top of that the ‘Ampere holiday factor,’ and we're going to have a really really big Q4 season.

But what’s most interesting about it is that Huang described the issues as not about supply, but rather an unprecedented amount of demand, even though Nvidia already expected quite a lot for it.

Even if we knew about all the demand, I don't think it's possible to have ramped that fast. We're ramping really, really hard. Yields are great, the product's shipping fantastically, it's just getting sold out instantly,

I appreciate it very much, I just don't think there's a real problem to solve. It's a phenomenon to observe. It's just a phenomenon.

The shortage problem will also most likely carry on to the upcoming RTX 3070, which recently just got delayed by 2 weeks in order to increase available supply at launch on October 29th. Plus with the possible release of an RTX 3060 Ti, shortages are only expected to get worse.

On top of that, AMD is also planning to announce their own next-gen GPUs on October 29th with the launch of the Radeon RX 6000 series. Though this time the AMD cards will be coming from TSMC rather than Samsung, so supply might turn out better for the Red Team, and it apparently won't be a “paper launch.”

What do you think? Have you been trying to get yourself an RTX 30 card? Which one? Did you succeed? Are you going to get a lower card instead because of the shortages like the RTX 3070? Or are you waiting to see what AMD has to offer? Let us know!

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00:46 Oct-22-2020

Honestly, NVidia was crazy to release a new GPU series in our current climate. Like, sure, there's a good chance for money to be made, with everyone staying home and all, but that's still a high risk play, and Nvidia didn't succeed.

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00:38 Oct-08-2020

Ill wait for the rumored $149 RTX 3050 and $349 RTX 3060 or $399 RTX 3060 Ti

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00:44 Oct-22-2020

Those are either some pretty crazy rumors or that $149 3050 has to be waaay cut down performance wise. That's like half the price of a 1660S. Unless that was a typo and you meant $249, which would still be crazy :O

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10:34 Oct-07-2020

Dreadful... Just plain disaster from nvidia. I sincerely hope amd can capitalise on their failure.

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09:01 Oct-07-2020

Biggest paper lounch in history hope amd takes this offer from nvidia and clow some salles

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21:12 Oct-06-2020

Yeah, with whole pandemic, one also must admit, demand must be at all time high peak. It still however was rushed launch and availability could be better, if they properly prepared. But then again, AMD would then be first out and they would miss out on holiday season. And I still think nVidia is holding supply back to hike prices. At least till AMD comes out to compete.

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21:15 Oct-06-2020

Hopefully AMD gets better prepared, if this is even possible in these times with all time high demand because everyone is home and wants to game, plus AMD has CPUs and consoles to take care of with TSMC capacity. But I am definitely looking forward to getting 3070 or RDNA2 equivalent, I just am in no hurry, 1070 still works and is not anywhere near releasing its RTX OFF spirit. :-D

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10:36 Oct-07-2020

Amd has easy access to gddr6 and should be able to manufacture more boards.

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19:14 Oct-06-2020

I guess my 2080Ti will just have to hold me off a little while longer...

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20:24 Oct-06-2020

I ordered msi gaming x trio 3090 and retailer told me that i will receive the gpu at the second half of this month... well i waited 7+ months for it i guess i can wait a little bit longer

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09:36 Oct-07-2020

I'm still hoping for some FE stock, to be honest, so I'll wait a while. I can always spend money on an ugly GPU otherwise :D

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12:15 Oct-07-2020

If I didn't have the off chance to just exchange my 2080 Ti for a 3080 1:1, I'd probably have just gotten another 2080 Ti and go SLI.

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18:12 Oct-06-2020

Glad i got mine :D

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11:29 Oct-09-2020

Out of curiosity, how is your 3080 running with the 9600K?

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18:04 Oct-06-2020

I think im going to hold out until i see a 100% uplift from 1080ti in 1440p as i did going from a gtx 970.

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17:57 Oct-06-2020

Im waiting for the 3070 Ti :)

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04:48 Oct-08-2020

Thats a reallly smart move, waiting for the 16 gb vram version

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16:57 Oct-06-2020

it's now confirmed that i will not have my new gpu before 2021 :(

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16:39 Oct-06-2020

Why would you not include 3060?

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18:17 Oct-06-2020

What would be the point? Even more gamers, particularly those gaming at 1080p, would want one and then supply would be able to keep up after many months. Nvidia already have three products that are or will be non-existent in the market. Why make it four?

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16:34 Oct-06-2020

It's those fricking scalpers that are the problem! -_-

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21:07 Oct-06-2020

No, they aren't. If Nvidia actually built some supply before launch they'd not have anything to scalp on.

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12:17 Oct-07-2020

That MSRP price point was never intended for a huge stock.
Nvidia just pulling another of their tricks.

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