While AMD, Nvidia, and even Intel are gearing up to release new graphics cards, rumors say Nvidia might be planning to delay one of its most anticipated GPUs, the RTX 3090 Ti.
The graphics card market has been rife with shortages for the last two years due to the pandemic. However, this hasn’t stopped Nvidia from releasing card after card that almost nobody can actually buy. This time, it’s looking like nobody at all will be able to buy the RTX 3090 Ti, at least not until Nvidia works out the issues it’s rumored to be having with the new card. Multiple websites are now reporting from different sources that the RTX 3090 Ti release date has been delayed. Nvidia never gave a firm release date for its new top-end graphics card, and perhaps now we know why.
According to the rumors, Nvidia is having severe issues with the BIOS and hardware on the new card. Details on what the actual BIOS and hardware problems are aren’t clear. What is clear is that Nvidia has told third-party manufacturers to cease producing the cards presumably, until the company can figure out what is going wrong.
Without knowing more about the situation, it’s impossible to say whether this is a short-term delay or something that could cause a longer delay outside of the release window that Nvidia gave. The original RTX 3090 suffers from overheating VRAM that many owners of the card have complained about. The RTX 3090’s VRAM can reach temperatures in excess of 100 degrees celsius if run under load for an extended period. The problem is so pervasive that many RTX 3090 owners have taken to replacing the thermal pads on their graphics cards themselves.
The RTX 3090 Ti’s VRAM runs faster than the RTX 3090. Nvidia says the Ti model will have a speed of 21Gbps compared to 19.5Gbps on the regular RTX 3090. Perhaps that’s where Nvidia’s issues with the RTX 3090 Ti lie.