Nvidia allegedly halts RTX 40 series GPU production

Nvidia has paused gaming GPU production, according to leaks, and is stopping distributors from passing existing RTX 4000 models to retailers.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 halt production: an RTX 4090 appears next to a tortoise against an orange background.

Nvidia has allegedly halted production of RTX 4000 series graphics cards, according to a new leak. On top of that, team green is supposedly limiting the supply of high end Lovelace cards, such as Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and RTX 4090, to retailers.

According to a retailer speaking to prominent hardware YouTuber, Moore’s Law Is Dead, “the RTX 4080 and 4090 aren’t selling well compared to previous generations,” but there’s still continuing demand for the cards from consumers. Meeting that demand is proving difficult, though, as they, “aren’t being supplied almost any High End Lovelace cards anymore.”

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The reason? Apparently, Nvidia has placed a limit on the number of GPUs passing to retailers per week. Having spoken to several warehouses containing said graphics cards, Moore’s Law Is Dead alleges substantial stock of the high end Lovelace cards exists, and so the throttling of supply by Nvidia is done out of choice rather than necessity.

That could be linked to another substantial Moore’s Law Is Dead reveal: production of RTX 4000 series cards has potentially ground to a halt. One source alleged, “we’ve all but stopped production of RTX 4000 GPUs. Technically, we are keeping a line open for each SKU, but this is because there are contracts with [Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company] that basically force us to.”

This supposed pause in gaming GPU production could be a result of Nvidia narrowing its focus even further onto AI-related graphics cards. But if you’re worried about shortages, that’s unlikely, according to a third source. Apparently, Nvidia “may actually have more than enough GPUs for months”, thanks to its production efforts up ’til now.

Of course, this information is all unconfirmed until we get an official announcement from Nvidia or its partners. But if true, this could represent a chance for AMD to capitalize and wrest market share from team green. Our AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX review called team red’s flagship GPU an, “exceptionally powerful graphics card”, suggesting AMD means business in the current generation’s GPU war.