The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card released today, June 10th. The card was put up for sale at a number of online retailers early in the morning. Unfortunately for those hoping to catch one, Nvidia’s latest GPU sold out almost as soon as it was made available. It seems the story likes to repeat itself: Last week’s hot release, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, also sold out in minutes.
While many tried to grab the new RTX 3070 Ti, there was only a short time frame before the card sold out on most, if not all, sites. It was briefly available at Amazon, Newegg, BH Photo, Nvidia’s online store and from several other retailers.has delayed the release of the card by over seven hours, resulting in countless users updating the website for hours. When the cards went on sale, they were gone within seconds.
Newegg had some cards in stock readily available, but it seems most of the sales went through a shuffle system. Customers were able to sign up for Newegg’s raffle, and if selected, were given two hours to purchase the card. This system was probably a way to combat the fact that most cards are bought by bots. However, the cards that were out at release were sold out almost immediately.
The graphics card may still be available in brick stores, though if last week taught us anything, it’s not easy to buy a graphics card in person either. During the release of this graphics card’s stronger sibling, the RTX 3080 Ti, Best Buy chose not to offer the GPU online and only sold it in stores. This resulted in dozens of people waiting outside the store overnight, with the line growing to more than 200 people in the morning on the release date.
We suspect that there may also have been people who have camped to score the RTX 3070 Ti – especially if you think it’s a much better deal than the RTX 3080 Ti. But if the supplies were similar to those from last week, chances are these cards are sold out just as quickly as their online counterparts. In any case, this time Best Buy learned its lesson and only offered the card online, leaving the long queues for other retailers, such as Microcenter.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti was priced at $ 599 for the sleek, wrapped Founders Edition. Other models were also released today, some of them equipped with slightly different specifications, better cooling and a different design. Manufactured by companies like Asus, Gigabyte, Zotac, MSI and other popular brands, these GPUs were generally priced higher. Some of the cards were even in the $ 1,000 ballpark, approaching the recommended price of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which was originally priced at $ 1,200.
The RTX 3070 Ti delivers an upgrade in both specifications and performance compared to its predecessor, the Nvidia’s RTX 3070. In our internal tests, the card turned out to be up to 8% more powerful than the base version, though it came short when it came to 4K gaming. While this model is an upgrade over the RTX 3070, there is still a big gap between today’s new release and the next model, the RTX 3080.
As far as specifications are concerned, the same remains true – the RTX 3070 Ti is still closer to the 3070 than the 3080. It comes with 8GB of GDDR6X memory, a 1,575 MHz base clock that can be boosted up to 1,770 MHz and 6080 Gbps bandwidth. It has more CUDA cores than 3070 (6,144 in total), 192 tensor cores and 48 RT cores. The memory bus remains unchanged at 256 bits. Similar to the RTX 3080 Ti, this GPU was intended to be less attractive to cryptocurrency workers due to the Lite Hash Rate limiter. This is a feature that Nvidia is implementing to combat the ongoing shortage of graphics cards. Unfortunately, the demand for GPU is just too high, even despite the implementation of LHR.
Those who were not lucky enough to cut the RTX 3070 Ti before it sold out can still try their luck in physical stores. Buying one of the best graphics cards online right now is almost impossible due to a number of issues. As the GPU shortage may continue throughout 2021 and even well into 2022, all we can do is hope that this card along with many others will soon be replenished.