Why is there a shortage of Nvidia Graphics cards on the market?

In a world with ever-expanding and new technology, there will always be something better than the last. This is especially true when it comes to PCs. 

The new NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics card, released in 2020, boasts faster frame rates and higher resolution output, all at a low price. These features put it at the top of any gamer's wishlist when building themself a new or better PC for gaming. This is a seemingly exciting perspective. However, for some strange reason, not many people could even get their hands on it. Although the makers of the RTX 3080 claimed to have enough supply, they could not meet the significant demands. With their supplies quickly decreasing and demand rapidly growing, getting your hands on an RTX 3080 seemed like a fantasy.


Why did this happen? Well, the answer is quite simple because of two main factors at play. Firstly, NVIDIA online stores were unprepared for the large numbers of bots and scalpers that raided the stores as soon as they opened. Many people waiting for emails stating that the cards were available for purchase arrived at the online stores to find the product already sold out. Secondly, NVIDIA did not have enough cards for the many consumers that wanted one. Due to COVID-19, the production of graphics cards has been greatly hindered. Many buyers will now have to purchase them from resellers for double the price or wait many more months for the stores to be in stock again. Also, more people staying at home due to the pandemic has led to increased computer usage and video game playing. 

Written by Miles Beazer from the GamerTech Team