Here at UK Gaming Computers we are getting rather a lot of Nvidia RTX 3000 "Ampere" series inquiries ever since they were announced so have decided to consolidate all our information into a now not so quick FAQ article here to help answer and questions you may have. Please take the time to read all of the information in this article to understand the situation that all retailers and system builders face when it comes to supply of these most awesome new graphics cards.
Updated 12/1/20 - 30 series list below updated and moved to the top of this page. As predicted and stated in this very guide, things are getting worse. With the Pandemic yet increasing demand and supply remaining roughly the same 30 series GPU's move further into constraint. The flagship RTX 3090 now falls short in stock and there is now the chance of a small delay to orders where previously there was guarantee of no delay. 3060 Ti remains heavily constrained and we will like all 30 series cards continue to monitor the situation closely and at the moment will leave the "likely 0-2 week delay" notice. The RTX 3080 backlog continues to grow an as a result are changing our estimated fulfilment of of 2-5 working weeks to 3-6 weeks. RTX 3070's remain stocked however with all the other 30 series options being affected customers are turning to RTX 3070's and stock is dwindling. As always, whilst we are top of vendors lists for allocation and likely to be the fastest way to get your hands on a 30 series card in the country all these estimations are purely estimations and must be taken with a pinch of salt. We are of course working as hard as possible to secure as much stock as possible including premium upgrade models and this page is the most up to date information you will find.
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti 8GB - Launched. No Stock, small quantities en-route. Likely small delay (0-2 week) to orders but no guarantee.
Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB - Launched. Good stock. Likely no delay but no guarantee.
Nvidia RTX 3080 10GB - Launched. No Stock, more en-route. Estimated 3-6 working weeks order fulfilment but no guarantee.
Nvidia RTX 3090 24GB - Launched. Low stock. Chance of small delay but no guarantee.
Overall Allocation - Top of Partners lists given past trade and are likely to be the soonest option to be able to supply in demand cards.
Formal clause - Given the difficulties faced with supply of these graphics cards and the nature of not knowing or having little knowledge when stock is due until usually the day it arrives we request you refer to this information page for any updates. All timescales on estimations are estimations and may not be accurate. Xmas and COVID-19 issues are severely impacting our workload and thus kindly request refrain from requesting updates on supply of these products. Any guarantee stated above excludes any potential delays related to other areas of an order. If your order is time critical and is suffering from a product shortage detailed above please make your order elsewhere. This information is present in the graphics card more info button on each product page.
Updated 4/1/20 - 30 series list below updated and moved to the top of this page. TLDR - 3060 Ti now in constraint and will likely lead to a small delay on all 3060 Ti orders.
Updated 14/12/20 - Its getting worse. RTX 3060 Ti is now changing from "Launched. Well stocked. No Delay to orders guaranteed." to "Launched. Very Low Stock, small quantities en-route. Likely small to no delay but no guarantee". RTX 3070's remain in constraint, but thus far the small allocation hasn't really affected orders. RTX 3080's have been upgraded/downgraded depending on which way you look at it to a 2-5 working week total order fulfilment from 2-4 weeks. RTX 3090's are good.
Updated 11/12/20 - As of today we have just learned what is the future of 30 Series graphics cards is; "The GPU supply from NVIDIA is very bad. RTX3080 is the worst. They’re now cutting supply on RTX3090/RTX3080/RTX3060Ti as well. We’re seeing supply gap between our backlog and NV’s allocation. The supply is expected to remain bad till Q1, 2021." - This is from one of our trusted Graphics card partners and have every reason to trust this source. Stock has been arriving and there is no update on the below table from back on 2/12/20. Given this above news our advice still remains the same, get your orders in as soon as possible but depending on the model ordered there is the potential for delay and is likely to get worse before it gets better.
Another new card to add to the line up, this time its the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB! Built on the same technology as a RTX 3070 the RTX 3060 Ti but with 4864 CUDA cores instead of 5888 and a slightly slower clock speed it is essentially a "baby RTX 3070". Performance wise its around just 11-15% slower than a 3070 and in old money equivalent of a RTX 2080 SUPER yet is 27% cheaper than the 3070 and a whopping 86% cheaper than the 2080 SUPER. Right now, this is most definitely the best value GPU on the market right now and is positioned as a 4K or 2K 144Hz product. Like all RTX 30 series graphics cards, demand is high and as you read this the retail market has been cleared of stock however we have stock in the building and right now any RTX 3060 Ti orders should not be delayed beyond the estimated build and test timescales. Our same advise applies to the 3060 Ti as it did with the RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090 - Get your orders in a soon as possible before they sell out.
In more mundane and slightly depressing news the RTX 3080 continues to be in short supply. Retailers continue to be completely out of stock and from our understanding any retail pre order has now progressed from being fulfilled in January 2021 to February 2021. Its gotten that bad Nvidia have thrown in the towel when it comes to "founder edition" cards they have formally opted to cease selling RTX 3080 and 3090 Founders Edition graphics cards on its online store stating;
"We have heard your feedback regarding the NVIDIA online store and are working to improve the experience.
In the meantime, we will be selling our GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 Founders Edition through other partners. In the US, you can shop for Founders Edition at Best Buy"
We are not surprised in any shape or form, the launch has been nothing short of dreadful when it comes to supply however they get away with it because the cards are so good! If you are not aware of what is going on then the TDLR version is that demand has outstripped supply and supply is also suffering from simply not being able to make enough (Nvidia actually stated the demand is ten times what they anticipated), Scalpers (people/bots buying up the cards and then selling them on for a massive markup), COVID-19 related production & logistics impact (not everyone around the world is back at work) and supply chain issues with getting all of the components that make up the full product. Its not just Nvidia that have this issue with founder edition cards, all the cards from AIB partners (MSI, ASUS, Palit, Zotac, EVGA etc) which make up the bulk of supply anyway have exactly the same issue and in even further addition Nvidia founder edition cards tend to only be sold for the first few weeks and months of a product launch anyway before the go end of life as AIB partners simply make better versions by having superior cooling and clocks speeds and Nvidia themselves are not really in the manufacturing game as nearly all GPU's are sold to AIB partners to make their own variants anyway. For anyone remotely interested, we have seen zero founders edition versions and are very unlikely to ever see any as fully expect them unless we move to the US and have access to Best buy and Nvidia don't end of life the product like they have historically done!
Slightly better news is we continue to receive small quantities of 3080's from our AIB partners at a reasonable cost which is not massively overinflated. We are also getting them faster than retailers and are still maintaining a 2-4 week lead time, still first come first served basis, and any systems waiting for them are built and 90% tested during normal estimated build and test times that then simply get put to one side until their time comes to be graced with a 3080 where we then install the card, finish the small amount of testing then arrange to get the order out as quickly as possible to minimise delay. Of course, as we have always maintained we make absolutely no guarantee on this timescale as we have no control over the supply and it can change at any point but so far this has been the case. Everyone retailer and system builder are all in the same boat but given our relationship with AIB partners and previous history of selling higher end systems and having the highest ASP in the UK market we have are being very well looked after and are confident we are the quickest way out of everyone to get your hands on a RTX 3080.
As predicted, RTX 3070's are now in short supply. Ultimately its a better value for money option over a 3080 and with 3080 almost being unobtainable many have settled on a RTX 3070. Our initial stock holding for launch has now gone and we are reliant on more stock arriving in order to fulfil future orders. So far every 3070 based order has not been affected by supply issues and we maintain that statement moving forward however because that initial stock is no longer present we cannot guarantee our normal estimated build and test time. Again, as far as we are aware a retail order/pre order will not be fulfilled until January 2021 as no one has any stock.
As for the RTX 3090, we have a very small amount of stock which is thus far not impacting estimated build and test times.
The RTX 3070 has launched! You can now find all our RTX 3070 based systems scattered around our website as well as in the RTX 30 series gaming PC category in addition as upgrade options to systems that are compatible with the RTX 3070. Just like the 3080 and 3090 demand is exceedingly high however at the time of writing we actually have stock however fully expect this stock to go quickly and then be in a similar position to the RTX 3080, so if you are wanting a RTX 3070 based system, order it now, do not wait.
Regarding RTX 3080 stock, orders have now outstripped supply. Retailer pre orders placed now are expected not to be fulfilled until the new year, literally no one can go and buy a RTX 3080 or 3090 right now! We are still seeing a steady supply coming in but the availability is now leading to a delay in fulfilling orders, we are still at the front of the queue for supply and we are confident we are able to supply RTX 3080 based systems sooner than everywhere else but there is only so many cards out there. At a guess which is no means any guarantee or any sort, RTX 3080 orders will take approximately 2-4 weeks to fulfil anything more accurate and you are asking us to predict the future so if you are expecting any kind of guarantee or promise then please make your order elsewhere - that being said, elsewhere don't know either as they are in the same boat as us! We must also reiterate in order to keep things fair there are no "pre orders" - simply order and you are put in the 1st come first served queue, each system will be built and tested as normal without the graphics card and then once stock arrives the GPU will be installed and the final tests will be done before shipping to reduce the amount of time it take to get an order out after the card arrives. Priority build and test services do not effect allocation and we are not selling any cards separately.
RTX 3090's are still stocked and are currently not effected by stock delay, of course this can literally change overnight.
To say Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3090 sales have been popular would be an understatement. So far all 3090 orders have not been held up in anyway related to availability and we confirm we have a good stock level of RTX 3090 ready to go! Most 3080 orders have continued to go out on time however we have now reached a point where demand has out paced supply which has led to a minor delay of a few days with a small amount of orders. The good news is as of today we have received a significantly sized delivery to enable us to fulfil existing orders and have received confirmation of future deliveries due to us next week which should they arrive as planned means we will continue to be able to supply Nvidia RTX 3080 based systems without or with minimal delay.
On the subject of these two cards, we can also now confirm we physically have stock of the EK-Quantum Vector Water blocks for the 3080/3090 and expect to add these options to our watercooled PC range this week;
In addition we have good RTX 3070 stock holding already so are in the perfect position come launch day on the 29th.
Finally we are receiving a lot of calls and emails with regards to purchasing these cards separately which is putting a strain on our communication channels. Please may we take this opportunity to reiterate we are not selling any cards separately, they are for system builds only. In addition to continue to make everything fair they are still allocated to builds on a first come first serve basis, there is no queue jumping and any priority service will not jump you ahead of the allocation queue. Given production numbers the shortage of 30 series cards will continue until the new year so if you want one, order sooner rather than later.
The Nvidia RTX 3090 24GB is out and Nvidia have delayed the RTX 3070 until October 29th. If you think RTX 3080 stock is rare well get ready for even rarer RTX 3090's as there are far less of them out there and available, thankfully they are less popular than the RTX 3080 simply due to their cost. The good news is so far we have stock and all RTX 3080 and 3090 orders have gone out on time which we incredibly proud of. We are still being asked how long RTX 30XX orders will take and feel that we need to clarify that we don't actually know, like we say, so far so good but that can change if the supply dries up or if COVID starts messing things up further - anything more accurate and you are asking us to predict the future so if you are expecting any kind of guarantee or promise then please make your order elsewhere - that being said, elsewhere don't know either as they are in the same boat as us!
We are still continuing to implement a fair 1st come first served basis on these cards, no priority or Super Rush Job services will skip 30XX series allocation. Get your order in as soon as possible and you will simply sit in the allocation queue. Of course if we have the stock/allocation to your order and you have ordered an expedited build and test service then the order will be completed with that expedited service, if not the rest of the system will be built and tested with expedited service so that when/if allocation is needed it will just be a case of popping the GPU in and completing the final checks.
We are also getting customers ask about the POSCAPS & MLCC "issue" that has been reported. Naturally this is something we have invested a lot of time and effort into investigating and can do so as we have a decent pool of GPU's to see how extensive the issue is and can confirm 1, 2 or none MLCC’s are fine, there is no issue. The cards/systems that were affected is now corrected with Nvidia's most recent driver and we firmly believe the issue is with systems that are overclocking the GPU's within and inch of their life and do not not have the "clean" supply of power that the PSU should be providing. Naturally, we only use good power supplies in our builds which as far as we are concerned makes the issue irrelevant.
Still no waterblocks as of yet. EK seem to think "mid October" whilst Corsair don't yet know but we would guess a the same kind of time, maybe a week or two after. "Mid october" probably also means the 1st available small batch will ship, so there maybe shipping time that needs to be added on. Once we have had to play with these blocks then we will launch Ampere based water cooled systems.
More stock has landed! So far, we are pretty much on par with RTX 3080 stock Vs the amount of orders we have taken, meaning as it currently stands it is unlikely to effect standard build and test times for orders. Obviously this still comes with no guarantee on the estimated timescales as things may or may not change, but so far, so good!
They are here! The Nvidia RTX 3080 10GB has landed and surprisingly they are pretty good. Whilst the Nvidia benchmarks were indeed fluffed up to show the best possible results, real benchmarks are not too far off showing fantastic gains when compared to previous generation cards, they are not overheating and it appears to a be a "good and worthy launch" that suddenly makes all the previous "here have an 12% gain" launches a thing of the past. RTX finally looks like its actually worth while and ultimately is what RTX should have been with 20 series and DLSS 2.0 is genuinely showing some really good results but importantly with all the RTX, DLSS and fluff switched off raw performance is significantly improved over previous generation. Swiftly speaking a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 10GB is around 40-50% faster than a slightly cheaper Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB and 30-40% faster than a much more expensive Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB! Given this we can comfortably conclude right now Nvidia RTX 3000 series cards are the ones to get/wait for.
Now, before you go rushing out to snag one in our Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series systems or another system with a upgraded GPU you need be aware that stock is incredibly sparse. We predicted that stock will be incredibly short and as it transpires Nvidia actually sold out of Reference Founder edition cards within a minute (we were watching!) and the small few dozen scattered around the internet in retail around 30 seconds later after which everyone's website crashed. The hype on these cards is very much real and with the actual benchmarks proving to be decent this is the fastest sell out we have ever seen in the 11 years we have traded and think we would have to go back to 2005 when the 7800 GT hit the shelves to be able to get a remotely close comparison. Getting hold of them is difficult and and prices are inflated. As for us and stock, we have "some" and by some we mean less than a handful but believe was a noticeable amount of stock that was actually allocated! They are all gone and we are patiently awaiting round two of supply due to us "next week" with no confirmed numbers, pricing or solid dates. We are hoping any orders made now will be ready to ship within their estimated build and test times as we can build and test a system prior to them arriving and then simply pop them in once the arrive and do the final tests then however because of this we make absolutely no guarantee (not that we formally do anyway) any system with a 30 series card will be ready to ship within that estimated build and test time and on your doorstep the next day. Our advise is simply to make your order as soon as possible to get in the queue and then keep an eye on your emails - these GPU's are all supplied on a first come first served basis. To make things fair, priority and SRJ build services will not jump the queue for 30 series allocation.
Next day systems will get the 3000 series treatment when stock is readily available given the supply issues this will probably be November at the earliest. Watercooled systems will see 3000 series cards when the water blocks are released which is set to be "early October".
Pre 17/9/20 Information;
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 cards (3090, 3080 & 3070) are set to launch throughout September & October – 3070 is due on October 15th whilst the 3080 has a firm date of September 17th and the 3090 on September 24th . Right now, aside from informal rumours and leaks, we don’t have any more formal information other than what is out there to the general public, this includes stock availability and we probably won’t have anything remotely accurate on stock availability and firm pricing until the day before it actually arrives which is likely to be a day for two before launch. Historically with Nvidia GPU launches, stock availability on launch sits between horrendous and rare as hens teeth which leads to delays and price fixing, this normally lasts around a month and consumers generally end up paying a 10-20% premium on new cards when adopting early. We are hearing reports of this being the “smallest launch in many years” with multiple logical reasons (purposeful under supply, logistics, COVID-19 Production impact, VRAM shortage) which is why we firmly believe will be the case and ultimately believe the short supply and price fixing will continue for several months after launch and maybe as far as early 2021. UK Gaming Computers of course will launch them when allowed and we have some kind of inkling of stock availability and pricing and given our position as a high end system builder in the market we generally sit at the front of the queue when it comes to getting stock from card partners so will be one of the first to launch with the important knowledge of knowing we should be able to actually fulfil orders. Early indication from AIB partners is there is literally going to be tens of 3080's available in the first week of launch. Pre orders on 30XX cards is not allowed and is strictly stipulated by Nvidia.
Right now, there is a lot of hype around these cards and we strongly urge customers to wait until you see non Nvidia or partner benchmarks and reviews. We have seen people stating double the performance for half the cost which is ambitious at best. Nvidia do this kind of hype every launch and we will eat our socks if you get double the performance for half the cost. We genuinely expect top level performance IE 3090 to improve between 10-30% depending on the situation (look closely at the Nvidia “benchmarks” – see how they are all RTX and DLSS benchmarks and no “raw/normal” benchmarks?) but that also comes at a 25-30% price increase even without the early adopters premium. Right now there is absolutely no competition so it doesn’t make business sense for Nvidia to offer more for less when historically they have got away with more for more.
Regarding the overheating reports that are doing the rounds, we doubt Nvidia or board partners will produce cards that overheat and throttle out of the box – understandable if a builder goes down the route of stuffing a £400+ graphics card in a £30 case (A common corner cutting occurrence) but given decent cooling they should be fine however everything here is thoroughly tested before it goes out the door so that we can provide a 6 year warranty and put our name and reputation on it, so if you are lucky enough to have a system complete with a RTX 30XX card in from us, you can be sure it wont be cooking itself as soon as you turn it on.
Given what has happened in past launches and how we are predicting the 3000 series launch to go, we do not expect any kind of noticeable discount on 20XX series cards and actually believe with real world non RTX and DLSS benchmarks that come to light will push 20XX cards in demand from consumers that have waited for the 30XX series benchmarks only to be left disappointed at the real performance, price and availability. It is likely that 20XX Series cards will probably go up in price throughout the period when 30XX cards are overpriced/hard to get hold of.
Our last final note is regards to workstations. If you are planning a nice workstation build, either wait until the new year and jump on 30XX cards or if you need something sooner pickup a 20XX card. The reasoning for this is very rarely will the drivers be mature enough on launch, with new architecture comes a lot of work to get drivers to support each scenario and software efficiently, it takes time and Nvidia's focus to start will be on supporting the latest and greatest AAA games out there. Recently, AMD's Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT drivers took nearly 6 months (!) before they were right. Of course if your new workstation is not system critical and you can live with the inevitable teething issues then this wont be much of an issue but for users that have a strong productivity workload that is time sensitive stick with with the current Nvidia RTX 2080 Super's, 2080 Ti's and Titan RTX cards as you know what you will get with them and know they will do what you want already very well out of the box, you can always upgrade to the new GPU's later down the line when everything calms down and the drivers are mature.