Just Plain Mean
- May 18, 1997
ON TOPIC PLEASE
Individual retailers would know their numbers. For us there are some indicators:its too bad we will never know the real numbers with how many ampere cards actually shipped. Looks like EU got totally shafted with orders (from reddit). I wonder if all of EU even got more then a couple of K. Makes me wonder how many shipped in NA or the rest of the world in the first month of release...
The most important thing for Nvidia is they can still say AMD is always the pursuer. Every launch that involves chips has a 2-6 month period where they have to build chip inventory. The more demand expected the longer it takes to build stock. Nvidia clearly went to launch within a month at most of getting back the first workable ampere wafers. Knowing there was no way they had stock to meet even a fraction of potential demand. Of course they may believe once AMD launches demand will be tamped down. Really they just didn't want to give AMD a win even if it ended up only being a month or two win. Can't have the general GPU audience believe Nvidia could be beat.
The real annoying thing here is how they screwed all their board partners out of whatever they could recover sales wise out of 2020. Sure there getting a handful of 3000 cards to sell... but stock is lite and demand for the last generation has to be heavily reduced so their volume is clearly down. This generations launch should have been a huge boon to them, instead it seems Nvidia sacrificed their GPU divisions quarters for a marketing win. Then we get mad when we find out some of those sales divisions are scalping their own product. Its hard to blame them seeing how hard Nvidia screwed them over.
Ampere wasn't ready for launch till probably December.
Agree with this. They wanted to get something out in front of AMD - especially into the hands of the Youtube streamers / vloggers and such.
Seeing folks like Jay, Paul, Stephen, and others having multiple sets of SLI 3090s is gross, all things considered. The whole 3DMark competition thing is not just dumb, but to me Nvidia playing the hype up at every single end user's expense.
If this is the "new" way doing paper launches, count me out.