It seems that a known leak in Taiwan suggests the RTX 3050 4GB and 8GB will be in stock for a launch on January 27, 2022. Its most likely NVIDIA has this ready a CES 2022 launch.
The RTX 2060 12GB are already bought out by mining interests. None were even offered at NewEgg at all. RTX 3070Ti 16G may surface on December 17 along with a 12GB version of the RTX 3080. Might be more models on January 11, 2022 as well. The desire for 16GB VRAM has to do more with the Xbox Series X and PS5 architecture. These machines have 16GB so PC gamers usually like that much VRAM to work with.
The outlook for an improved supply of video cards for gaming is likely not going to improve until 2023 or even 2024 thanks to the bitcoin mania. Eventually the bubble will pop but until that happens the problems will remain. One of the main attractions of the bitcoin bubble is passive income, no need to go anywhere so a person can remain at home and drink coffee. You webmaster drinks coffee and writes for a living.
NVIDIA suggested 2H-2022 would see better supplies of graphics cards. NVIDIA said that they were making deals for multi year agreements to increase wafer production. Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress made the comment at the UBS Global TMT conference on Monday while discussing Nvidia’s efforts to boost manufacturing amid the ongoing chip shortage. Kress then added: “So we believe we will be in a better situation in terms of supply when we look at the second half of next year.” To discourage cryptocurrency miners from buying up the cards, the company has also been nerfing the Ethereum mining capabilities of its RTX 3000 cards. Nevertheless, the handicapping only restricts the mining by 50%. At the same time, owners can still mine other cryptocurrencies using Nvidia’s graphics cards.
Even nerfed RTX Ampere cards are widely being used for mining as mining software has been modified to overcome some of the limitations.