NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 delayed until late October

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (Image credit: NVIDIA)

What you need to know

  • The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU is delayed until October 29, 2020.
  • The delay pushes back the launch of the graphics card by two weeks.
  • NVIDIA states that the delay will help make more cards available on launch day.

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3070 GPU is officially delayed until October 29, 2020. The graphics card was originally set to ship two weeks earlier, but NVIDIA pushed the launch back to have more cards ready on launch day.

Starting at $499, the RTX 3070 is the ideal card for many people with 4K and 1440p systems. The RTX 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti and 60 percent faster than the RTX 2070. While we haven't gotten our hands on one yet, the RTX 3070 looks ready to earn a spot as one of the best graphics cards. Its more powerful siblings, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, already top our list.

The delay will disappoint some people waiting to upgrade to NVIDIA's 30 series of GPUs. The launch of the 30 series hasn't gone smoothly so far. The RTX 3080 sold out in practically an instant, leading to an apology from NVIDIA. The delay of the RTX 3070 is likely in place to reduce the likelihood of a similar issue.

NVIDIA explains the delay in a recent post (opens in new tab) (via VideoCardz):

Production of GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards are ramping [up] quickly. 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.

If you are waiting for the RTX 3070, make sure to grab the best motherboard and power supply for the GPU. While you may have to wait until October 29 to receive the GPU, there's no reason you can't have the rest of your PC parts ready for its arrival.

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  • There's also been issues around stability of the 3080 and 3090 (Asus and MSI in particular have issued statements on social media about that).
  • Nvidia just put out a new driver that, according to Toms Hardware and other testers, seems to help a lot by changing the power-curve of the overclocked cards.
    Making them much more stable.
    This problem has only surfaced on the stock-overclocked cards from a couple of vendors. The rest are not having any issues.
    This kind of thing happens with new cards/technology. The vendors push the chip to it's limits right away, and the rest of the cards engineering may not be up to snuff.
    Now, Nvidia can only do so much with new drivers and firmware, however.
    One more reason to wait a few months for this all to shake out.
  • It was a 'driver issue' but some manufacturers changed the PCB design and used different capacitors. MSI actually stated that the originally configuration wasn't upto the job