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.”