Even Nvidia doesn’t think you’ll get an RTX 3080 this year

Graphics cards have been increasingly hard to find recently, with coveted new releases like Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 and AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT vanishing from the shelves as soon as they appeared. This, unfortunately, looks set to continue for some time, much to the dismay of many PC builders or gamers holding out hope that the shortages will ease up.

CFO Colette Kress addressed Nvidia’s annual investors day on Monday, stating “we expect demand to continue to exceed supply for much of this year”, despite Nvidia previously predicting back in November during the launch of its Ampere range that it may only take a “few months” for available stock and manufacturing to catch up to the demand.

This means that everything from the entry-level GeForce RTX 3060, to the princely RTX 3090 may not be available for a ‘reasonable’ price any time soon.

Kress also added “our operations team is agile and executing fantastically. We expect our supplies to increase as the year progresses”, so at least some progress is anticipated throughout the rest of 2021, even if the issue isn’t expected to be revolved.

A large reason for the high demand is a mix of product scalpers who use bots to scrape sites for available inventory, to then resell on online auction sites like eBay. We’ve seen GPUs listed (and sadly selling) for more than double the recommended retail price which nulls the appealing ‘affordability’ of both AMD and Nvidia’s latest generation of cards.

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