I will freely admit that I am one of the absolute suckers that bought the 2080 ti, and one of the exceptional suckers that did so as recently as last year. I had, even at the time, a feeling that I was a sucker, considering the considerable upsell compared to the 2080 and the relatively meager performance upgrade that I received as a result. But now that the NVIDIA 3080 and 3090are on the market, my overpriced card is officially outstripped by a $699 card, hence the sucker. But it looks like I may not be upgrading this thing for a hot second, because NVIDIA is not optimistic about stabilizing supplies.
The new graphics cards sold out immediately at launch, just like the Xbox Series X and PS5. While that was always expected, the question then became: when will non-robots be able to buy one of these things at MSRP. According to a Q&A with CEO Jensen Huang, we shouldn’t expect stock to stabilize at least throughout the rest of the year.
“I believe that demand will outstrip all of our supply through the year,” Huang said, via Tom’s Hardware. “Remember, we’re also going into the double-whammy. The double-whammy is the holiday season. Even before the holiday season, we were doing incredibly well, and then you add on top of it the ‘Ampere factor,’ and then you add on top of that the ‘Ampere holiday factor,’ and we’re going to have a really really big Q4 season.”
I’m not shocked: the 3080 made big waves when NVIDIA announced its aggressive price point, and the 3090, while a ridiculous amount of power for video games at the moment, remains an impressive shiny object for both professionals and those that must have the absolute most powerful card on the market. I considered getting one myself, but even I was able to recognize this as overkill.
It looks like I’ll have to wait a good long while before making an upgrade of any kind, however, at least not without paying the inflated secondary market prices. I was hoping to maybe upgrade the rig before Cyberpunk 2077 came out, which seems like it’s going to be tricky. Some people will doubtless get new cards during 2020, of course, but a competitive market combined with aggressive resell bots is going to make it very hard for regular folks.