Alternate: chance of availability of RTX 3080 in the first quarter ‘virtually nil’

Alternate warns customers that the availability of Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 GPUs will deteriorate further in the first quarter of 2021. The web store reports, among other things, that the chance of RTX 3080 video cards during that period is ‘virtually nil’.

RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 Ti video cards in particular will suffer from extra low availability in the coming quarter, reports the web store, which recently published its expectations for this quarter. According to Alternate, the deteriorating availability is due to the poor availability of raw materials and Nvidia chips, coupled with the Chinese New Year, which caused factories to be closed temporarily.

Alternate currently has ‘a lot of open customer orders’ for RTX 3080 video cards, but there is currently ‘very little supply’ of those GPUs. As a result, the chance of availability of that video card in the coming quarter is ‘virtually nil’. This certainly applies to new orders, Alternate reports. According to the webshop, there is also very little supply of the RTX 3060 Ti. Therefore, the chance of availability of that GPU is also ‘very low’. Alternate expects small deliveries of RTX 3090 and RTX 3070 video cards this quarter, of which ‘few’ orders are currently still open at the webshop.

According to the web shop, the orders will continue to be delivered in sequence. Alternate further says that ‘prices for new orders will rise further in the coming period due to market forces’. In recent months, the prices of many Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 video cards have already risen sharply. This can be seen with all the different RTX 30 GPUs.

Data from the Hardware Info Price Comparator shows, for example, that the price of many RTX 3070 video cards now exceeds 800 euros. The average price under 30 different RTX 3070 GPUs is currently 870 euros, with an average of 899 euros. To illustrate: the RTX 3070 Founders Edition from Nvidia has a suggested retail price of 519 euros. The average price under 33 different RTX 3080 GPUs is currently 1101 euros with a modal of 1099 euros. The RTX 3080 Founders Edition suggested retail price is 719 euros.

To illustrate: the average price of the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Eagle OC rose from 829 to 1029 euros in a few months. Image via Hardware Info

The poor availability of GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards has been going on for months. The RTX 3080 came out in September and sold out almost immediately upon release. Tickets are still hard to come by. The GPUs that are available are sold for high prices. Other GPUs in the RTX 30 series are also hard to find and suffer from increased prices.

Nvidia apologized for the supply problems last year and reported in November that the shortages could continue into 2021. The GPU manufacturer then cited ‘capacity problems’ in the hardware sector as one of the reasons for the poor availability. Nvidia will release its RTX 3060 video cards later this month. The availability of these GPUs remains to be seen.

AMD also struggles with limited availability of its Radeon RX 6000 video cards. The first GPUs in that series appeared in November, and were sold out almost immediately after release. A week later, the modified RX 6000 variants appeared, which were also virtually unobtainable. The Ryzen 5000 CPUs also sold out quickly at release. The Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 7 5800X are now more available, but the Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X remain limited.

AMD reported earlier this year that shortages of its chips are expected to persist “until mid-2021.” By that it means its chips for the PC and gaming markets. AMD also produces the chips used in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S.

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