NVIDIA postpones GeForce RTX 3070 release to provide more launch day stock
NVIDIA has announced that the GeForce RTX 3070 will not be arriving on October 15, the original planned release date for the upper mid-range card. NVIDIA unveiled the RTX 3070 alongside the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 last month, but it held back the release of the current entry-level into the RTX 30 series until after it started selling the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.
Pre-orders of the RTX 3080 did not go well though, if we are being polite. Stock levels ran out almost immediately, which websites like Digital Trends described last month as 'pre-order chaos'. The RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 are still out of stock at most retailers, while scalpers continue to sell RTX 30 series cards at ludicrous prices.
Perhaps unsurprisingly then, NVIDIA has postponed the release of the RTX 3070 by two weeks to help make more cards available on launch day. So, the RTX 3070 will now arrive on October 29, one day after AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series announcement. Hopefully, this additional two week window gives NVIDIA and its partners enough time to get their stock levels in order.