Nvidia delays RTX 3070 launch

With the release of the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090’s not going as smoothly as NVIDIA would have hoped, the company has now pushed the release of the RTX 3070 back to October 29 in anticipation of the massive demand for the card.

When it was released back in mid-September, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080 immediately sold out in minutes after launch which resulted in an angry mod of potential buyers complaining about scalpers, resellers and even bots. Weeks later, NVIDIA’s top-of-the-line RTX 3090 met a similar fate, selling out despite costing twice as much as the RTX 3080.

In response to these incidents, the company has now opted to delay the launch of the cheaper RTX 3070 in the hopes of having more stock on hand when it launches.

“Production of GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards are ramping quickly,” read a statement from Nvidia. “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,” the statement added.

The $500 RTX 3070 is set to be the cheapest among the RTX 30 series while still boasting performance that is comparable, if not better than the RTX 2080Ti which costs twice as much as the RTX 3070. The Ampere GA-104 GPU inside the RTX 3070 has made this card a far-cry from claims of it being a “mid-range” graphics card

According to Nvidia, the RTX 3070 is set to push the boundaries between affordability and performance. With its Ampere architecture, the RTX 3070 is, according to benchmarks is 60 percent, faster at 1440p in comparison to its predecessor – RTX 2070, while still holding up at around 30% – 40% increased performance for systems running with RTX2070Ti.

Official RTX 3070 performance figures from Nvidia

A similar report by Videocardz has supported Nvidia’s numbers, showing that the RTX 3070 is in more powerful than the top of the line RTX 20 cards. According to their report, the RTX 3070 is 8 percent faster than the RTX 2080Ti and 68 faster than the RTX 2070.

Similar to the RTX 3080 and 3090, the RTX 3070 will also benefit from Ampere architecture which sees an increase to 5,888 CUDA cores. In comparison, the RTX 2070 held an already impressive 2,304 CUDA cores. The RTX 3070 will also have 8GB GDDR6 memory with a 1.73 GHz boost clock that may theoretically give 20 Teraflops of computing power.

Rival company AMD on the other hand is also set to launch its latest line of graphics card one day ahead of the rescheduled RTX 3070 launch. AMD’s Radeon RX 6000-series will be based on AMD’s RDNA 2 next-gen graphics architecture – RX 6700 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT. Both Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles also use RDNA 2 as its primary architecture. The October

As of this writing, third-party benchmarkers have yet to pit both NVIDIA and AMD’s latest GPUs. That said, leaks have given some supposed insight into how AMD’s upcoming GPU lineup will fare in comparison with Nvidia’s, with claims that RDNA 2 may match and even beat out the latter.