Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti production allegedly suspended due to hardware issues
Although Nvidia didn't tell us much about the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti at CES 2022, we have a decent idea about its specs, which are said to include 24GB of 21Gbps RAM on a 384-bit bus, making it the world's first gaming graphics card with a memory bandwidth of 1GBPS. However, we may have to wait a while before we can see it in action if new reports from Videocardz and Tweaktown are to be believed.
Sources familiar with the matter reached out to Tweaktown with some bad news about the GeForce RTX 3900 Ti. It seems that Nvidia has asked AIB partners to halt the production of the graphics card altogether but didn't state why. Videocardz fills in the gaps via its own sources, who say that the cards have issues with their BIOS and hardware, although the exact fault isn't known yet. While a BIOS problem should be relatively easy to tweak, a hardware problem has the potential to put off the entire launch schedule by weeks, maybe even months. Interestingly enough, neither report mentions anything about the Founders' Edition.
Then again, the general optimism around the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti has been low. Given its specifications, we can expect it to cost around US$2,000. Scalpers, miners and bots could quickly drive that figure much higher, maybe even over the US$5,000 figure. Besides, the people who actually buy top-of-the-line graphics cards would much rather wait for the Ada Lovelace-based RTX 4000 series announcement slated to happen later in 2022.