NVIDIA originally intended to release its mid-range GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU, the GeForce RTX 3070, on October 15th. That date has been pushed back to October 29th, which means that prospective buyers will have to remain patient for a few more weeks.
As you might imagine, NVIDIA is doing this to avoid the disastrous launches of its flagship GPUs, the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090, which seemingly released with little to no stock. Whatever was available was largely scooped up by scalpers, who employed sophisticated bots to beat out legitimate buyers.
“We’ve heard from many of you that there should be more cards available on launch day,” NVIDIA wrote. “To help make that happen, we are updating the availability date to Thursday, October 29th.”
“We know this may be disappointing to those eager to purchase a GeForce RTX 3070 as soon as possible, however this shift will help our global partners get more graphics cards into the hands of gamers on launch day.”
For NVIDIA’s sake, we’re hoping that the GeForce RTX 3070 launch goes a lot smoother than the ones for its current flagships. The company has assured us that it’s been upping its security game with CAPTCHA and other implementations, so maybe enthusiasts will actually be able to get their hands on one.
The GeForce RTX 3070 is a $499 graphics card that features 5,888 CUDA Cores, 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, and a 1.73 GHz boost clock. According to NVIDIA, it performs “similar or faster” than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 60 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 2070.