In an interesting turn of events, it appears that Nvidia has pushed back the RTX 3070 GPU’s launch date by 2 weeks time. The GeForce RTX 3070 launch was originally planned for October 15th, but it has now officially been postponed.
This places the launch of the RTX 3070 Ampere card right after AMD’s Radeon RDNA 2 GPU reveal on October 28th. The RTX 3070 will now be available on the 29th of October.
The reason behind this sort of delay in the launch could be due to the high demand expected for this mid-range GPU at launch, and it is also possible that Nvidia wants to give the board partners/AIBs more time to finalize and test their custom design GPU models, as well as increase their day-1 stock levels.
Production of the cards is ramping up with Nvidia planning to quickly stock up the cards. The RTX 3070 GPU specifications and price remain unchanged though.
The GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card is based on the GA104 GPU core, and features 8 GB of GDDR6 non-X memory/VRAM. Nvidia has enabled a total of 46 SM units on this flagship card which results in a total of 5888 CUDA cores. In addition to the CUDA cores, the RTX 3070 also packs next-generation RTX (Ray Tracing) cores, Tensor cores, and a brand new SM or streaming multi-processor unit. The GA104 GPU is based on Samsung’s 8nm (N8) process node, and it measures at 392.5mm2 and features 17.4 Billion transistors (93% more transistors as featured on the TU102 Turing GPU).
The GeForce RTX 3070 comes with 14 Gbps of Memory clock, along with a full uncut bus interface of 256-bit which will deliver a cumulative bandwidth of 448 Gbps. As for the pricing, the Founders Edition will hit retail shelves at $499 USD, while some custom AIB SKUs might come at a premium price point, depending on the GPU model and build quality. Nvidia has advertised this card to offer GeForce RTX 2080 Ti level of performance.
To quote Nvidia’s official press statement:
“Production of GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards are ramping quickly. We’ve heard from many of you that there should be more cards available on launch day. To help make that happen, we are updating the availability date to Thursday, October 29th.
We know this may be disappointing to those eager to purchase a GeForce RTX 3070 as soon as possible, however this shift will help our global partners get more graphics cards into the hands of gamers on launch day.
The GeForce RTX 3070 delivers incredible performance and features, including NVIDIA Reflex and Broadcast, for $499. Across a variety of ray-traced and rasterized DirectX and Vulkan titles, the GeForce RTX 3070 delivers similar or faster performance than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (which sold for twice the price) and is on average 60% faster than the original GeForce RTX 2070.”