CES 2021 has officially ended and tech giants across the globe presented their innovations and ideas to the entire world. For gamers, the most exciting thing to be introduced was Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards.
The most anticipated and hottest graphics unit has finally and officially completer been revealed. But if you are expecting to get your hands on the new products then think again. If you have forgotten then let me remind you. Both AMD and NVIDIA are expecting further delays in GPU availability throughout Q1 2021. It is due to the shortage of materials as well as the impact of COVID as a pandemic but there remains a very large number of variables at play here.
According to sources, TSMC is the only supplier currently to supply the GPU production for both AMD and NVIDIA, and Samsung has yet to pick up in yields. All this leads to less availability of the cards and inflation in the prices.
AMD had the following to say about the shortage:
We knew about the expiration of some tariff policies, and in advance worked towards a more flexible supply chain as it relates to AMD. We are committed to keeping GPU pricing as close to our suggested retail pricing as possible because it’s the only way to be fair to the users.
Normally when we have GPU launches, our own branded cards are available initially but then fade away for our partners to pick up. This time around we’re not phasing out our RX 6000 series, enabling us to sell directly to customers as low as possible. We’re encouraging partners to do the same. Not only tariffs, but the COVID environment has increased shipping and freight costs, which are hard to avoid. As we get into a more normal environment, this should improve. This also matters for our planned graphics updates through the first half of the year, as we have a lot of products coming to market.
NVIDIA’s CFO Colette Kress stated that the company was experiencing supply constraints which made them unable to meet demand through Q4 2020. But the problem remains, meaning that gamers will not be able to buy anything at affordable rates throughout 2020 and likely through the first quarter of 2021.
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 constraints are in substrates and components. 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.
We do expect it probably to take a couple of months for it to catch up to demand, but at this time, it is really difficult for us to quantify,” said Kress. “So, we stay focused on trying to get our parts to the market for this very important holiday season. Each day things continue to improve. But before the end of the quarter, we will be able to provide some more information.