As per multiple sources and outlets, the stocks for the previous NVIDIA flagship, the GTX 1080 Ti are almost depleted. The higher-end Pascal cards are no longer in production, so don’t expect a refill of the inventories either.
Some experts had earlier claimed that one of the reasons for the higher prices of the RTX 20-series cards was the ample availability of the top-end Pascal cards. With that changing now, it will be interesting to see if the prices of the RTX cards budge.
According to Gamersnexus, hardware manufacturers are trying to pull-in stocks to fill Stateside warehouses prior to the tariff increase in January. Any hardware that comes in ahead of the tariff increase will not be affected by the new prices.
Furthermore, as you might have already heard many users have been reporting faulty RTX 2080 Tis. NVIDIA and its board partners have replied to queries by saying that the RMA rate is same as ever (less than .5%). Many theories are being thrown around as the potential cause of this supposed widespread failure, but that is what they are at the moment- theories. We’ll update you on this as soon as something new surfaces.