NVIDIA Postpones the RTX 3070 Launch to 29th Oct: A Day After Navi 2x Announcement

NVIDIA has quietly pushed the launch of the RTX 3070 to 29th October to coincide with AMD’s Navi 2x announcement. While NVIDIA claims that this is to ensure better availability, we all know that’s just a convenient lie. This decision was made more from a PR perspective to dampen the Big Navi announcement.

Originally, the RTX 3070 was slated to launch on the 15th of October, a month after the RTX 3080 and around 15 days after the 3090. This likely means that the reviews for the card will also be delayed by a week or so. NVIDIA claims that the RTX 3070 will be more powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti, but looking at existing benchmarks of the RTX 3080, I’d say it’ll be trading blows with the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070 Super.

While the RTX 3080 and 3090 are based on the GA102 die, the RTX 3070 like the RTX 3060 Ti will leverage the smaller GA104 die:

GA102 – 84 SM @ 384 Bit GDDR6X:

  • GeForce RTX 3090 – 82 SM @ 384 bit, 24 GB GDDR6X, 350W TDP, $ 1499
  • GeForce RTX 3080 – 68 SM @ 320 bit, 10 GB GDDR6X, 320W TDP, $699

GA104 – 48 SM @ 256 Bit GDDR6:

Production of GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards are ramping 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.

The GeForce RTX 3070 delivers incredible performance and features, including NVIDIA Reflex and Broadcast, for $ 499. Across a variety of ray-traced and rasterized DirectX and Vulkan titles, the GeForce RTX 3070 delivers similar or faster performance than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (which sold for twice the price) and is on average 60% faster than the original GeForce RTX 2070



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