According to ITMedia, there appears to be a nationwide shortage of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 GPUs in Japan.
According to the Japanese media, there is a growing shortage of high-end NVIDIA GPUs in the retail sector in the popular Akihabara electronics market. Even though the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU is still one of the most popular options for a high-end graphics card, keeping up with demand is challenging due to a lack of available stock.
“There’s been a lot of demand for the RTX 4090, but it’s becoming a little difficult to get it in stock.”
“There’s a long backorder for cheaper models in the 250,000 yen range.”
“It seems like there is a worldwide supply shortage. This may be due to reflection on the RTX 3000 family and to avoid overstocking the market.”ITMedia
NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4080 graphics processing units (GPUs) are also in short supply, despite the card’s poor performance and high price. According to local reports, the RTX 4070 Ti is doing well in the Japanese high-end market, while the RTX 4090 is preferred by those who require the highest possible performance. There’s a major issue with the price difference between the 4080 and 4090, as the performance gap between the two is rather large.
Since NVIDIA has been working with TSMC to allocate additional manufacturing resources to its in-demand AI GPU family, it is possible that the Asian markets would be among the first to feel the effects of this shortfall. It’s also possible that NVIDIA doesn’t want to risk another “overstocking” problem like the one that plagued retailers when the original GeForce RTX 30 GPUs were discontinued. But despite these shortages, prices are holding steady at or below MSRP, a pattern that is evident in markets around the world.