Retailer warns of worsening NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series stock levels amid further price rises
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NVIDIA may be gearing to release another Ampere-based graphics card this month, but a new report claims that the RTX 30 series' availability will worsen between now and the end of March. The RTX 30 series' stock levels have been poor since the launch of the first desktop cards, so it is difficult to imagine how they could get much worse.
According to Alternate, a European retailer that operates in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, various manufacturers blame a shortage of raw materials and NVIDIA chips for fewer RTX 30 cards hitting the market. Additionally, manufacturing has also been hit by the closure of factories in China because of its New Year celebrations.
Previously, NVIDIA stated that stock of its latest graphics cards would remain 'lean' until the end of April, with things probably picking up in May. However, the company did not disclose that stock levels would worsen in the interim.
Alternate adds that there is practically no chance of ordering an RTX 3080 this quarter, nor an RTX 3060 Ti. Conversely, the retailer expects to receive small quantities of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3090. Even then, Alternate states that market forces, such as increased transportation costs, will continue to drive the prices of new orders upwards.
Overall, Alternate's update underlines the sorry state of affairs for NVIDIA and the RTX 30 series, currently. AMD's situation is no better either, which also impacts how many next-generation consoles Microsoft and Sony can produce.