Nvidia Delays RTX 3070 Release After Two Disastrous Launches

The company is giving itself more time to make sure stock issues don't arise when the third of its new cards go on sale.

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Following stock issues for both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 launches, Nvidia has decided to delay the launch of its most affordable new graphics card, the RTX 3070, to the end of October.

In a blog post, the company explained that it was pushing back the launch so that more cards could be available for purchase when listings go live. The RTX 3070 will now only go on sale on October 29, two weeks later than its original release date. The card is the cheapest of the new RTX 30 Series line, with Nvidia saying it will match RTX 2080 Ti performance for just $500.

The new date is a curious one, however, given its proximity to AMD's reveal of its new GPUs. The company is set to finally unveil its RDNA 2 GPUs, nicknamed Big Navi, the day before, making the RTX 3070's new launch date a possible limelight-stealing affair. That's especially true if AMD reveals performance metrics and pricing that Nvidia's card can rival, although we'll have to wait for AMD to share more to know for sure.

Both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 are blisteringly fast GPUs that are nearly impossible to find in stock, especially if you're looking for Nvidia's Founder's Edition models with its innovative cooling solution. The RTX 3080 is a worthwhile upgrade to wait for, as critic Michael Higham explained in our RTX 3080 review, saying, "The RTX 3080 is a powerful video card with big generational jumps, especially when considering its $700 MSRP."

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