The prices of current graphics cards are already extremely high and they are almost exclusively sold well above the manufacturer’s recommended retail price.
The high prices and the difficult delivery situation of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 and AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs are said to have resulted primarily from the insufficiently produced memory chips and a significantly increased demand. Now it is speculated that the prices will even rise again next month and that the delivery situation will rather worsen.
The graphics card manufacturers cannot keep up with production, and GDDR6 VRAM memory is also said to be scarce. In the meantime, however, it is no longer just about VRAMs and GPUs, other components that are used on graphics cards and in power supplies are also becoming scarcer, which leads to significantly rising prices.
According to an unconfirmed report, GDDR6 VRAM production is already running at full speed and the producers’ component procurement continues to cause problems. Driven by the ongoing mining boom, high-end graphics cards are currently not only being purchased by gamers and enthusiasts but are also being used en masse in large mining farms. An improvement in the situation is still not in sight.
The concerns that the mini-boom will have a negative impact on the availability and prices of high-end graphics cards are thus confirmed.
Two weeks ago it was suspected that the suppliers could run into problems with the ongoing demand for GDDR6 memory for current graphics cards. How exactly the scarcity of GDDR6 memory will affect the prices of graphics cards cannot yet be fully answered. However, the first buyers are already reporting significant price increases.
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