Are You Struggling To Find A GTX 1080? You’re Not Alone, But Why?

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Are You Struggling To Find A GTX 1080? You're Not Alone, But Why? 1

It has recently come to our attention that the availability of these highly clocked, insanely good performing cards are rather rare and a little difficult to find on the market. We’ve come up with a speculation as to why this might be. The reasons, which TechPowerUp uncovered recently, may have something to do with that.

The samples which were being sent out for review by a number of manufacturers were shipping with (sometimes) significantly higher clock speeds than the retail samples. What’s the reason? Well, one would guess that the reason is to get it to top the charts and then to make every man, dog, and pet furball rush out to buy that particular card. The reality of it is, though, that those incredibly highly clocked GPUs are stupidly difficult to attain high yields from. In fact, we have heard from our sources that there is roughly a three per cent retention rate on such highly clocked samples, which makes them difficult to assemble, and even more difficult to have enough for the retail channel, which is purely down to high demand and low yields. You’d think that would just make them more expensive, which may be true, but the reality is that there is just no way to consistently deliver these cards to the consumer without a long wait. That’s if you are even able to get one at all. You have to remember that three per cent is a very, very small number in the grand scheme of things.

In that article which I linked above, it is clear that they are only showing MSI and ASUS as being the bad guys in this story (not just for this generation, either.) However, do not be fooled. There are other manufacturers that are also having issues (from what we gather) and they include companies such as Inno3D with their ‘iChill’ series, and possibly even EVGA with their Super Clocked cards. In fact, MSI are actually one of the leaders in ensuring stock levels for their cards are high as they haven’t suffered from the same issues. Over zealous clock speeds from certain manufacturers such as ASUS, Inno3D have caused serious delays. I know that there is a k|ngp|n edition coming to market, but no one knows when just yet. It is unfair that only ASUS and MSI are being thrown under the bus in this ordeal. In fact, even GIGABYTE have a GPU with a >1930 MHz boost clock, so I’d expect that these will be strictly on a first come, first served basis only; we expect this model to have the same problems too!

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You have probably all seen that the GTX 1080 can do 2100 MHz on the core, and all of the PR stuff that followed. However, the fact of the matter is that this was more than likely done on some cherry picked samples, along with added voltage which the manufacturers should not apply to the core as a default option. They don’t do it either, and this is why: the reasoning for this is pure and straightforward, it will shorten the lifespan of the GPU, something which none of us want.

If you believe we are making this up, just take a look at the amount of pre-orders on the retailer websites and then you will soon see that there may be some truth to this. There is just no way to guarantee such high clocks with a new architecture like Pascal. Unfortunately, it looks like the low yielding GPU dies may be here to stay for a while, and it is unpredictable how long it may last.

 

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  • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

    In short no supply for the overpiced 1070 and 1080.

    • theGreenOrange

      Hi RP… Where the heck are we? 😀

      • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

        Hey Orange… How are you mate.. I did not go anywhere. I was banned by Wccftech for 1-2 months so I deleted my account and created a new one.

        • Prosp3ctus

          LOL! why did they ban you?

          • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

            I dont know.. I was surpised no warning at all. Actually i was disheartened.

          • Prosp3ctus

            My condolences m8. It sucks to start over huehue!

          • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

            Yup.. Thanks. But still I recognise you all “Wccftech old timers” and Red team guys.

          • Prosp3ctus

            Come back to WCCF, lots of trolling and Nvidia fanboys having meltdowns over Polaris.

          • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

            I was. Ive got heaps of comments already posted.

          • Prosp3ctus

            lol okay

          • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

            Maybe they dislike me for being a hardcore pro Red Team commentaries. 🙂

          • Prosp3ctus

            Hassan :p

          • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

            Is Hassan Nvidi avid fan? Or all of them?

          • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

            Do you own this site?

        • theGreenOrange

          Hey doing fine, that is dumb that they would ban you with all the crap they allow!

          • Red Bull Polaris RP1367

            Yeah true.. There are more people that site that 10x worst. That’s alright im back but without my year old account.

  • WCCF was here. 6/24/16

  • Prosp3ctus

    Let the WCCf invasion commence!