O Nvidia RTX 4080 16GB will be on sale on November 16th, and has every chance of being one of the best graphics cards money can buy. Good luck getting one though: according to YouTuber and hardware leaker Moore’s law is dead (opens in new tab)the stock situation for the new GPU looks pretty dire.
the flagship RTX 4090 sold out almost immediately when it hit retailers in October, and a New video (opens in new tab) from MLID stated that anonymous retailers have confirmed that the RTX 4080’s inventory will be between 20-40% less than the RTX 4090 on day one.
It is assumed that there will still be a fairly large number of cards for a non-major GPU launch, but there is another kicker in the video: MLID adds that retailers are expecting fewer restocks than usual in the last quarter of 2022, less than for the 4090.
The obvious reason for the lower RTX 4080 stocks is that Nvidia wants to drive consumers to buy older Ampere-series RTX 3000 GPUs. These seem to still be readily available (after the months of scalping and scamming that followed Ampere’s release), and Nvidia no doubt wants to clear out its old stock before fully committing to the new Lovelace series cards.
Analysis: Nvidia is being astute with its supply of GPUs
This isn’t an entirely surprising twist, and it might actually benefit some players: with Black Friday fast approaching, many will be looking to upgrade their GPU, and we could see some great deals on graphics cards in the coming weeks.
Ampere cards (especially the excellent midrange RTX 3060 Ti) are still solid choices if you’re using an older GTX GPU and want a little more graphics power on your PC – so if you’re after one cheap video cardBlack Friday might be the time to buy one.
Of course, another reason the RTX 4080 is reportedly languishing with lower launch stocks is likely Nvidia sudden cancellation of the 4080 12GB, which it admitted to being “not named correctly”. we were really relieved to see Team Green change its mind towards the less powerful 12GB model, but it likely made fewer 4080 cards available for day one launch.
Nvidia is still in trouble with claims that the next-gen RTX 4090 is actually a fire risk due to issues with the power adapter, and the GPU giant has yet to release a statement regarding the issue. according to one Reddit’s dedicated megathread (opens in new tab), 20 cases were reported in the last two weeks. We very much hope that the RTX 4080 does not share these thermal issues.