After a long phase of leaks and rumors, Nvidia announced the Ampere series of Graphics cards at the start of last month. The RTX 3080 graphics card showed that Nvidia priced the RTX 2080Ti high just to prove that it can do such a thing. Other than that, the RTX 3090 or ‘BFGPU’ is the new ultra-high-end graphics card that promises 8K gaming. Nvidia has been struggling with supply side issues since the launch of the Ampere GPUs. There can be many reasons behind Nvidia’s supply chain problems, but the following three reasons are most probable.
- Low yields from Samsung’s 7nm process
- Coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted many of the Asian and European markets
- Shortage created by the resellers and Nvidia to jack-up the prices, but it is less probable than the ones mentioned above.
Last week Nvidia announced that the founder’s edition graphics cards would not be available to purchase via its website, which shows that Nvidia itself is struggling with its product. Now, a report from an online retailer ProShop suggests that Nvidia could not meet 7% of the RTX 3080 demand at major online retailers. ProShop ordered around 9000 units from Nvidia and its AIB partners and could only receive around 600 units. More than 80% of the consumers who ordered the RTX 3080 have yet to received their graphics cards. The situation is only marginally better for the ‘BFGPU,’ which could only cater to 10% of the demand.
The RTX 3080 is a remarkable GPU with a very high value for money aspect, especially compared to its direct predecessor. Still, the supply chain problem needs to be dealt with immediately. The scalpers are currently selling the graphics cards at two or three times the MSRP, which is also driving up the available units’ prices.
Lastly, AMD is set to announce its next generation of graphics cards in only a few days. If AMD ends up with a better position when it comes to handling its supply chains, Nvidia could lose its market strength.