Heartwarming. Thanks 2020.
According to the source, minimal availability will be due to Samsung’s 8nm process producing unknown yields, and therefore even NVIDIA doesn’t have a clear expectation of unit availability. And as so much microprocessor manufacturing has fallen to a small batch of companies (mainly TSMC and Samsung), they are all stretched to the max. Smartphones, game consoles, CPUs, and more all all fabricated by these plants. GPUs just aren’t the top priority.
It’s also worth noting that if supply is very low, many of the available units will go to partners and studios placing bulk orders for development purposes. Such orders are likely to focus on the RTX 3090, but all three models are built on the same process. So who knows for sure what’ll be made and what availability will be.
So if you want to be the first to get an RTX 3090, 3080, or 3070, you’d better sign up to every “notify me” option on every GPU maker, including NVIDIA. We’ve got a growing list here. In the meantime, maybe hold off on selling that older GPU, and get that order in on credit.