It looks like getting a stable GPU supply has become a fantasy. Every component of graphic cards, from silicon wafers to their memory, is low on stock. The overloaded TSMC and the rise in mining further worsen the shortage problem. These things predict that the short supply could sustain until Q2 2021.
A lot of awesome graphic cards have been released this year, but gamers are unable to purchase them on their official MSRPs due to continuous supply chain constraints. The constraints aren’t stooping as a report from Cowcotland (via Videocardz) states that NVIDIA and AMD are suffering from a GDDR6 shortage. The report states:
“According to our sources, it will take weeks for the situation to return to normal, which means that the availability of all models will not improve until February, even by blocking the release of some models (such as the 6900XT Custom) — Aurélien LAGNY, Cowcotland.”
The report also states that they expect the supply to be normal by Feb 2021 based on what their sources say. Let’s consider that the GDDR6 supply gets normal by then, but the production will still take time to match up with the demand.
There’s a possibility that shipments might be disrupted in 2021 as global efforts will be made to distribute Covid vaccines, which means that Covid shipments will be prioritized and gamers will have to wait at least until 2021 for the normal prices.
“We do have supply constraints and our supply constraints do expand past what we are seeing in terms of wafers and silicon, but yes some constrains are in substrates and components,” said Colette Kress, CFO of Nvidia, at Credit Suisse 24th Annual Technology Conference. “We continue to work during the quarter on our supply and we believe though that demand will probably exceed supply in Q4 for overall gaming.”