Not only have GPUs become more expensive thanks to the U.S.-China trade war, but they’re going to continue being in short supply for the foreseeable future (via IGN). That’s according to Nvidia CFO Collette Kress, who at a recent conference admitted that “supply does remain tight at this time” and that it will likely remain so for the first quarter of the year, which by Nvidia’s fiscal calendar ends in April.
She continued explaining all the problems the GPU maker is dealing with as follows:
Our overall capacity has not been able to keep up with that overall strong demand that we have seen. We’ve seen in terms of constraints, constraints really from the overall global surge of compute and the overall capacity, capacity that may be necessary for assembly and test and/or sub trades as well. But again, we remain focused on this and working each day to improve our overall supply situation.
So, while Nvidia’s new RTX 3060, which costs only $329, may be designed to bring RTX to the mainstream, it may be quite some before most of us actually get our hands on one. Add to that the explosion in bitcoin prices and the resurgence of crypto mining and even May may be too optimistic an estimate for when the RTX 3000 GPUs may be readily available.