Buying An RTX 3080 Or 3090 Isn’t Going To Get Easier Until At Least 2021

Don’t expect to get your hands on Nvidia’s RTX 3080 or 3090 cards before Christmas, unless you get very lucky. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang gave the bad news during a Q&A with press for the company’s GPU Technology Conference, as reported by Tom’s Hardware.

“I believe that demand will outstrip all of our supply through the year,” Huang said. Though the Q&A was intended to be about new announcements out of GTC, the issue of the RTX 3080 and 3090’s messy launches still came up.

Huang blamed the issues not on a lack of supply, but on unprecedented demand. “The 3080 and 3090 have a demand issue, not a supply issue,” he explained. “The demand issue is that it is much much greater than we expected–and we expected really a lot. Retailers will tell you they haven’t seen a phenomenon like this in over a decade of computing. It hearkens back to the old days of Windows 95 and Pentium when people were just out of their minds to buy this stuff. So this is a phenomenon like we’ve not seen in a long time, and we just weren’t prepared for it.”

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