As per one recent report posted by the Chinese publication IThome, Nvidia is ostensibly discontinuing and retiring the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080 Super, and RTX 2080 Ti Turing cards.
It makes sense to phase out some of the high-end Turing-powered models, so that the company can dedicate resources and make more room for the upcoming Ampere graphics card lineup.
The report also claims that not only would the production be halted on these four graphics cards, but they will also be de-listed by major vendors/AIBs including NVIDIA themselves in the coming months.
It has also been reported that ending production of select GeForce RTX 20 graphics cards will lead to severe shortages in the coming weeks. This is because of the rising high demand in the mining sector which has revived in recent months. So the Mining craze will again inflate the price on all the existing high-end Turing cards. This could lead the aforementioned graphics cards to be out of stock much sooner than expected.
The price hike could occur this month and according to a report by My drivers, even the mainstream GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER & the GeForce RTX 2060 cards are going to be affected. It has been stated by ‘My Drivers’ that NVIDIA has internally notified its AIB partners to adjust the price accordingly based on the demand.
An insufficient supply on TSMC’s part could also be a contributing factor for the Green team to take this decision. For context, TSMC manufactures the Turing silicon for Nvidia on the 12nm FinFET process node. However, TSMC also has many other major big clients, such as Apple, AMD, and Qualcomm, so the foundry’s services are always in high demand and limited.
Nevertheless, NVIDIA will be ending production of the following SKUs, assuming the above report is accurate:
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
- GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
- GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
- GeForce RTX 2070
Though we should note that, while the current inventory is being cleared up, we can expect the price of Ampere based Gaming graphics cards to be much better at launch as compared to the last generation. If the Turing inventory is out of stock during Ampere’s launch, then retailers/AIBs can put more focus on the new cards and price them accordingly to the MSRP as given by NVIDIA, instead of selling them at an inflated price.
‘IThome’ has also reported that a possible launch date of the upcoming GeForce RTX 30 series is currently expected around September 17th. Though, there is little credibility in this claim, since Nvidia has not made any official announcement regarding the Launch dates. So you should take this entire news/leak with a grain of salt, and treat this as a ‘rumor’ for the time being.