NVIDIA has announced that it’s delaying the the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card by two weeks to allow it to build more stock ahead of the launch. “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,” the company wrote.
NVIDIA launched the RTX 3080 GPU last month, but it sold out almost immediately and cards soon appeared on eBay at highly inflated prices. As a result, the company was forced to apologize, saying it was not prepared for the demand. The company even pre-apologized for the lack of GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs before they went on sale, but that card also sold out despite the exorbitant price.
The RTX 3070 offers the best price-performance combination of the three cards, matching the performance of the previous-gen RTX 2080 Ti card. The latter model cost $999 at launch and is still selling for highly inflated prices on Amazon. With all that in mind, it makes sense for NVIDIA to wait and stock up on the $499 RTX 3070, as demand for the GPU is likely to be sky-high. The cards will now go on sale on October 29th, rather than October 15th as previously planned.