NVIDIA’s partners are prioritizing the factory overclocked models over the vanilla variants till the shortage of the 8nm Ampere parts persists. This info was shared by a representative of British retailer, OCUK who claims that many AIB partners especially ASUS are focusing on the more expensive factory overclocked variants such as the GeForce 3080 TUF OC.
To clarify to date we have shipped 37pc of none OC TUF 3080 from Asus and 44pc of the OC version and incoming deliveries are expected to favor OC version more but none OC will also be shipping but in fewer volumes. The numbers are just very poor and I guess if Asus get 100,000 GPU’s for the world by the time it has been shared out amongst all countries, then divided up between all resellers and SI’s the numbers are resulting very small, NVIDIA says numbers are ramping up and right now all we can do is cross our fingers and pray as its simply out of our control.
As per the rep, they have shipped around 37 units of the vanilla RTX 3080 from ASUS and around 44 units of the overclocked model. The reason behind this fairly straightforward. ASUS and other AIBs are primarily getting chips that bin better than the vanilla specifications.
Since there’s a heavy shortage of GPUs, board partners are selling them as the factory overclocked models to maximize profits. Keep in mind that this is a developing situation and could change next month which is when supply is expected to show a notable improvement. The overall RTX 30 series shortage is expected to persist till the end of 2020, however.