The pricing of present technology graphics playing cards has grow to be a meme at this level. Ongoing provide chain points present no indicators of easing. Mix this with elevated demand and right here we’re. Sadly, it appears issues may very well be about to worsen, at the very least in the event you’re available in the market for an AMD card. Experiences coming from the Board Channels Discussion board (registration required) through Videocardz state that AMD is rising the costs of its GPUs by 10%. Great. Not.
The report claims that pricing is ready to extend by $20 to $40 relying on the chip in query. That mightn’t look like loads when even RX 6600 playing cards are promoting for upwards of $500, however the chain begins with AMD. A ten% rise in GPU costs will get handed onto the cardboard producers, who move it onto distributors, who move it onto retailers who then move onto us poor avid gamers. Someplace alongside the way in which, somebody is prone to determine that they will cost 15% extra as a substitute of 10% and finally these prices will probably be borne by the buyer. When will it finish? Will an RX 6400 promote for $500? It is no surprise the consoles are out of inventory in every single place. At the least they’re inexpensive.
The report states that rising TSMC wafer prices are the explanation for the value rise. AMD CPUs and GPUs are manufactured on the identical 7nm node, but solely GPU pricing is affected. Will AMD CPUs observe? Curiously AMD CPUs are trending downwards to higher fight Intel’s twelfth Gen processors. Is AMD reshuffling its 7nm allocation in the direction of CPU manufacturing?
Though RX 6000 playing cards aren’t the best hash per watt mining choices, one can solely hope that Ethereum’s transfer to Proof of Stake in 2022 stops miners from shopping for playing cards by the pallet load. Demand ought to begin to drop off earlier than then because it turns into tougher to recoup the price of new card purchases. Let’s see the way it goes. A Black Friday deal this 12 months may very well be the final finest likelihood to seize a ‘comparatively’ moderately priced GPU for some time. Pessimistically although, GPU bargains aren’t going to set the world on fireplace this 12 months.