The Nvidia RTX 4080 16GB card will go on sale on November 16 and has every chance of being one of them the best graphics cards money can buy. Good luck getting one: according to YouTuber and hardware leak Moore’s law is dead (opens in a new tab)the stock situation of the new GPU looks pretty dire.
Flagship RTX4090 sold out almost immediately when they hit retailers in October, and new video (opens in a new tab) from MLID claims that anonymous retailers have confirmed that RTX 4080 stock will be 20 to 40% less than the first day RTX 4090.
It is rumored that there will still be quite a large number of cards for the launch of a non-flagship GPU, but there is another kicker in the video: MLID adds that retailers expect fewer additions than usual in the last quarter of 2022, less than the 4090 .
The obvious reason for the lower RTX 4080 stocks is that Nvidia wants to push consumers to buy older Ampere series RTX 3000 GPUs. They seem to still be readily available (after months of scalping and cheating that followed the launch of Ampere), and Nvidia is no doubt looking to clear its old stock before fully committing to the new Lovelace series cards.
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This is not a completely surprising turn of events and may benefit some players: z Black Friday is fast approaching, many will be looking to upgrade their GPUs, and we can expect some great deals on graphics cards in the coming weeks.
Ampere cards (especially the excellent midrange RTX 3060 Ti) is still a good choice if you’re running an older GTX GPU and want a bit more graphical performance on your PC – so if you’re looking cheap graphics cardBlack Friday might be the time to grab it.
Of course, the other reason why the RTX 4080 is allegedly languishing with lower starting stocks is probably Nvidia sudden cancellation 4080 12GB which he admitted was “inappropriately named”. we were actually relieved see Team Green change their minds on the less powerful 12GB model, but that likely resulted in fewer 4080 cards being available on the first day of release.
Nvidia is still in hot water over claims that the high-end RTX 4090 is in fact fire hazard due to power supply issues, and the GPU giant has yet to issue a statement regarding the issue. According dedicated Reddit megathread (opens in a new tab), 20 cases have been reported in the last two weeks. We very much hope that the RTX 4080 will not have these thermal problems.