As per NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang, the supply shortages for NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards will remain out of stock for the rest of 2020. Blaming the “Ampere factor” and the “Ampere Holiday Factor” as the reasons for the shortage, Huang was his usual self saying whatever came to mind:
I believe that demand will outstrip all of our supply through the year. 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
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.
Even if we knew about all the demand, I don’t think it’s possible to have ramped that fast. We’re ramping really, really hard. Yields are great, the product’s shipping fantastically, it’s just getting sold out instantly. I appreciate it very much, I just don’t think there’s a real problem to solve. It’s a phenomenon to observe. It’s just a phenomenon.Jensen Huang, NVIDIA CEO (via)
Although the demand is higher than usual, it shouldn’t take six months after launch to replenish inventory. This means either the yields are uncertain (read: low) with Samsung’s 8nm node (despite what Jensen says) and/or, the foundry doesn’t have enough capacity to meet demand.