A Dutch retailer by the name of Alternate has released a dreary statement regarding the availability of NVIDIA’s extremely popular GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. As relayed by green team and its board partners, Ampere stock is expected to worsen over the course of Q1 2021 due to component shortages and the upcoming Chinese New Year festival, which will prompt the temporary closure of factories across the country and put a halt to production. While the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, GeForce RTX 3070, and GeForce RTX 3090 will all see limited availability, Alternate singled out the GeForce RTX 3080 by suggesting that the flagship would be particularly difficult to find, going so far as to call the chances of getting one being “virtually non-existent.”
“We’ve received word from both NVIDIA and board partners that availability of RTX 3000-series graphics cards will continue to worsen through the first quarter of 2021,” a translation shared by an r/NVIDIA user reads. “This is caused by shortages of certain raw materials and the NVIDIA GPU chips, but also by the Chinese New Year, during which time factories are temporarily closed.”
“This means that the chance of being able to obtain an RTX 3080, especially for those who ordered recently, is virtually non-existent. The RTX 3070 and RTX 3090 will continue to be delivered in small quantities. The availability of the 3060 Ti will also be very poor, especially for popular board partner models. Unfortunately the availability of previous-generation GTX cards is also poor.”
Alternate ended its statement by warning customers that the costs of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards are set to rise even higher due to “natural market forces,” which presumably translates to supply and demand. That’s not the best news, being that current GPU prices are already considered obscene by enthusiasts.