Are we even surprised at this point?
Tʜᴇ pricɪɴg ᴏꜰ ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛ generᴀᴛiᴏɴ graphics ᴄᴀʀds hᴀs ʙᴇᴄᴏᴍᴇ a ᴍᴇᴍᴇ ᴀᴛ tʜɪs poɪɴt. Onɢᴏɪɴg sᴜᴘᴘʟʏ chaɪɴ ɪssues sʜᴏᴡ ɴᴏ sɪɢɴs ᴏꜰ eᴀsɪɴg. Combɪɴe tʜɪs wɪᴛh elevᴀᴛed demᴀɴd ᴀɴd ʜᴇre ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ. Sadly, ɪᴛ sᴇᴇms thɪɴgs ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ wᴏʀse, ᴀᴛ leᴀst ɪꜰ ʏᴏᴜ’re ɪɴ tʜᴇ ᴍᴀʀᴋet ꜰᴏʀ ᴀɴ AMD ᴄᴀʀd. Repᴏʀts comɪɴg ꜰʀᴏᴍ tʜᴇ Board Chᴀɴnels Fᴏʀum (regɪstrᴀᴛiᴏɴ requiʀᴇᴅ) via Videoᴄᴀʀdz stᴀᴛe thᴀᴛ AMD ɪs ɪɴcreᴀsɪɴg tʜᴇ prɪᴄᴇs ᴏꜰ ɪᴛs GPUs ʙʏ 10%. Wᴏɴderful. Not.Black Friday deals
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The report claims that pricing is set to increase by $20 to $40 depending on the chip in question. That mightn’t seem like a lot when even RX 6600 cards are selling for upwards of $500, but the chain starts with AMD. A 10% rise in GPU prices gets passed onto the card manufacturers, who pass it onto distributors, who pass it onto retailers who then pass onto us poor gamers. Somewhere along the way, someone is likely to decide that they can charge 15% more instead of 10% and eventually these costs will be borne by the consumer. When will it end? Will an RX 6400 sell for $500? It's no wonder the consoles are out of stock everywhere. At least they’re affordable.Black Friday deals: see all the best early offers right here.
The report states that rising TSMC wafer costs are the reason for the price rise. AMD CPUs and GPUs are manufactured on the same 7nm node, yet only GPU pricing is affected. Will AMD CPUs follow? Curiously AMD CPUs are trending downwards to better combat Intel’s 12th Gen processors. Is AMD reshuffling its 7nm allocation towards CPU production?
Even though RX 6000 cards are not the greatest hash per watt mining options, one can only hope that Ethereum’s move to Proof of Stake in 2022 stops miners from buying cards by the pallet load. Demand should start to drop off before then as it becomes more difficult to recoup the cost of new card purchases. Let’s see how it goes. A Black Friday deal this year could be the last best chance to grab a ‘relatively’ reasonably priced GPU for a while. Pessimistically though, GPU bargains aren't going to set the world on fire this year.