It seems that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 won’t have the same supply issues as its more powerful siblings when it launches. Well, for those in Japan, at least.
According to Japanese site PC Watch, it seems that multiple retailers in Akihabara have heard that the RTX 3070’s initial distribution volume (I’m guessing it means the launch day stock) will be larger than the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090’s.
But as noted by Wccftech, who spotted PC Watch's article first, these assurances are only from Tokyo-based retailers, and may not be indicative of circumstances elsewhere.
Still, this at least provides some hope that the RTX 3070’s launch won’t end up like the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090’s. NVIDIA acknowledged in a September 21 FAQ about the RTX 3080’s launch issues that “We have great supply - just not for this level of demand” and also apologized for the RTX 3090’s limited stock before it launched.
The RTX 3070 will launch on October 29. It was originally meant to launch on October 15.