Nvidia apologized last month when the GeForce RTX 3080 sold out almost immediately on launch day due to stock shortages. The company said at that time that demand for the graphics card was "overwhelming" and that it was not prepared for it, resulting in major issues including website crashes for its retail partners and delays for customers.
Now, Nvidia is taking preemptive measures to prevent the same issues for the RTX 3070. The company announced today that it is delaying the availability of that graphics card in order to prepare more units before launch day. The RTX 3070 will be available to purchase on October 29 instead of October 15, as originally planned.
The company acknowledged that "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." Nvidia added that it was ramping up production for the graphics card.
For $499, the RTX 3070 is the cheapest among the new GeForce RTX 30 series that debuted last month. It features 20 Shader-TFLOPS, 40 RT-FLOPS, and 163 Tensor-FLOPS, making it still powerful and faster than an RTX 2080 Ti.