Nvidia Has Delayed The GeForce RTX 3070 Retail Launch

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 graphics cards have launched to critical praise but frustratingly scarce availability. In an effort to curb further consumer frustration, Nvidia has decided to delay availability of its upcoming RTX 3070 to October 29 from its original launch date of October 15.

For those of you paying attention to the next-gen graphics card war, yes, that is exactly one day after AMD’s scheduled RX 6000 Series announcement on October 28.

The ever-watchful eyes over at VideoCardz noticed the stealthy change on Nvidia’s GTX 3070 landing page.

Nvidia later issued the following statement:

“Production of GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards are ramping quickly. We’ve heard from many of you that there should be more cards available on launch day. 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.”

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I’m sure there are some tinfoil hats out there speculating that Nvidia executed this delay to throw a monkey wrench into AMD’s RX 6000 launch plans. I disagree, and this is an absolute win for consumers.

With the RTX 3070 selling for a $499 MSRP and allegedly delivering faster gaming performance than the RTX 2080 Ti (which launched at an eye-watering $999), it’s a foregone conclusion that demand will be high.

Fortunately for AMD, this gives Team Red just enough time to convince people to wait for its

Nvidia’s Bad News About GeForce RTX 3070 Good News For AMD Radeon RX6000 Series

KEY POINTS

  • Nvidia launched the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 a few weeks ago
  • Earlier, the chipmaker announced a piece of disappointing news about the GeForce RTX 3070
  • Nvidia’s bad news could very well benefit the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series

Just a few weeks after the launch of the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards, Nvidia announced that the retail launch of the GeForce RTX 3070 would be delayed until the end of October.

In a most recent update, Nvidia confirmed that the retail launch of the GeForce RTX 3070 would be delayed for a couple of weeks. The graphics card was initially scheduled to launch on October 15 but now the chipmaker is saying that it will be available in stores starting October 29. Nvidia claimed that it decided to push the retail launch to ensure that more graphics cards will be available during the launch day.

Nvidia acknowledged that the announcement would be disappointing to fans who are eager to buy the GeForce RTX 3070 as soon as possible. “This shift will help our global partners get more graphics cards into the hands of gamers on launch day,” the company explained. It appears that there are no changes in the specs of Nvidia’s upcoming graphics card.

The new retail launch of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 falls a day after the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series’s official unveiling. Consumers can wait for the launch of the official specs of AMD’s graphics cards and compare it with that of Nvidia’s. Based on earlier leaks, the GeForce RTX 3070 is the weakest of the latest 30 series cards from Nvidia.