Yeah, it almost doesn’t sound like news.
Like last week’s release of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080, the Titan sequel 3090 was sold out in…seconds, minutes, it’s too early to tell just yet. NewEgg has a page for all RTX 3000 series that’s depressing to look at thanks to the “Out of Stock” message on all units. Amazon doesn’t even show search results, you’ll need to find the specific model first to find “unavailable” where the buy button should be.
This is all expected. The 3080 is the flagship model; the 3090 the workhorse. At $1,500, the GeForce RTX 3090 is a bit more to stomach, even for scalpers. That hasn’t stopped some, who are listing confirmed pre-orders and confirmed orders for around double the price.
Even after an apology yesterday, and another last week, it’s important to remember two things. First, most gamers won’t want the 3090. I mean, we’ll all want it, but we won’t need it. The major benefit of that GPU is the 24GB of VRAM, perfect for 4K or even 8K gaming. Since most of us still game at 1080p or 1440p, even next month’s RTX 3070 will be plenty.
Second, these are just the first three models. Leaks show that we’ll be seeing a good number of upcoming models, including a 3070 Super and 3080 Super, with upwards of 16GB and 20GB of VRAM.
The only thing we don’t know is when we’ll see those models, especially with such limited availability of this first batch. But that’s ok. Unless you’re standing in line at one of the few physical retailers selling the 3090 (and yes, you’d better be in line now), assume it’ll be a few weeks. Or months. EVGA has promised more Ampere availability, so hold tight.