Back in July, there was one report from ITHome which mentioned that Nvidia is ostensibly discontinuing and retiring the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080 Super, and RTX 2080 Ti Turing cards.
Since that announcement, NVIDIA’s board partners/AIBs have started the process of delisting their own current high-end flagship Turing cards, and some retailers have started giving promotions to clear the current stock of Turing GPUs. 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.
Now, according to a latest confirmed report from the Chinese website MyDrivers, the production of the RTX 2070 SUPER has now been completely discontinued. They also mention that the last batch of chips has already been dispatched, and we should also not expect any further orders for this particular GPU model. No new orders will be taken, which gives the RTX 2070 Super an End of Life/EOL status from now on. Whatever chips are remaining, they would be the last to be sold through retailers, after which you won’t be able to buy them.
The Chinese website MyDrivers has a very strong and credible track record when it comes to graphics card production and availability/pricing; after all, most of these cards are made in China itself.
It was reported before by IThome that ending production of select GeForce RTX 20 graphics cards will lead to severe shortages in the coming months. This is because of the rising high demand in the ‘Mining’ sector which has revived in recent months. So the Mining craze and growth will again inflate the price on all the existing high-end Turing cards. This could lead the high-end Turing graphics cards to be out of stock much sooner than expected.
There are two GPUs which have not been discontinued by Nvidia though, the GeForce RTX 2060 and the GeForce GTX 1660 Super. These cards are in very high demand, due to the current ‘cryptocurrency mining’ trend in China, and they have gained much more popularity than before. As a result of this, the shipping and the retail selling price of these two GPUs has been increased by almost 15-20 USD, meanwhile the factory prices are expected to increase by 30-40 Yuans (4-6 USD).
The price hike will continue in the coming months and 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 other major big clients, such as Apple, AMD, and Qualcomm, so the foundry’s services are always in high demand and limited. Nevertheless, NVIDIA has ended the production of the following SKUs:
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
- GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
- GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
- GeForce RTX 2070
The report also mentions that the next-gen upcoming Ampere NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3080 cards are expected to officially release around September 17, while the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 series will follow up in October and November. This has not been confirmed by Nvidia though, but we can expect the company to announce the availability of these new Ampere cards at Gamescom 2020, which starts on August 27th, which makes sense given the current RTX 20 Turing series cards were also introduced a day before Gamescom 2018 started.