If someone thought that the situation could no longer be worse in the video card market, they are very much mistaken.
Even before 2020, certain hardware became more expensive from time to time. There were years when you had to pay a little more for memory modules because a huge plant burned down, other times the price of processors jumped due to other manufacturing difficulties. However, the current general lack of chips isn’t just about video cards, although it obviously hurts us the most.
While some manufacturers are already rumoring that the situation could improve by the end of the year, the TrendForce analysts fear the opposite. According to them, the price of DRAM modules could go up 8-13% this year, which of course will also appear in the pricing of video cards. And why could this turn out that way?
Demand for video cards from gamers, miners and scalers remains huge. In addition, Nvidia is obviously a buyer of the GDDR6 and GDDR6X modules, so it is a priority, as are the companies that make chips for Sony and Microsoft consoles. As more heavyweight competitors struggle for limited capacity, smaller buyers will pay even heavier prices, but everyone will be affected by the raise.
And while production lines are still spinning (40% more video cards sold out this year), both Nvidia and AMD want to push even more cards through the gate by the end of the year. And we have no doubt that if the prices of individual parts increase, they will not be swallowed up, but will be burdened by customers who, no matter how much they are willing to pay, just have a video card.
Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.
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