Ozmodan wrote on Sep 5, 2020, 17:32:
Kind of funny everyone jumping on the Nvidia bandwagon and taking Nvidia's word on the performance.
The review NDA for the FE is supposed to be lifted on the 14th which is three days ahead of the launch date on the 17th. People will have more than a fair chance to judge performance before dropping an order. It is to be expected that nVidia's +100% claim regarding the RTX 2080 vs. the RTX 3080 was best case scenarios. Even if it is "only" 70% to 80% on average it will be a very impressive card at that $699 price tag.
People who think they can go to their favorite website or store to get one of these cards will be very disappointed at least for the remainder of this year
That claim is based on unsubstantiated rumors. We will have to wait and see about availability. It is definitely possible that nVidia pulled the trigger a little prematurely to one up not just AMD but also next gen consoles. We're just going to have to wait and see about that.
Regarding the article at hand, I'm not really sure what there is to wait for. The only card that might potentially see a price drop is the RTX 3090 if AMD by some miracle can shoot that high. The RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 are already priced very competitively. The pricing is outright aggressive. I'm sure that nVidia got a really good deal from Samsung for signing some serious volume with them in terms of wafers/month. In that regard, nVidia probably has a huge edge over AMD who need to pay whatever TSMC demands. So, while nVidia is on a significantly inferior node compared to AMD, they certainly have the edge in terms of margins. It is highly likely that AMD is going to struggle to deliver a RTX 3080 "killer" with 16GB VRAM at $699. Their margins would be crumbling big time which would run opposite to AMD's overall goal of margin expansion.
Anyway, the point is: It is very unlikely that prices of the RTX 3080 or 3070 will move much for the simple reason that AMD is going to have a hard time undercutting the already aggressive pricing of nVidia. This is why people intending to buy nVidia anyway need not wait unless they want to wait until well into 2021 when we will likely see a RTX 3080Ti and a RTX 3080 with 20GB VRAM and a RTX 3070 with 16GB VRAM at some point.