If you're reading this, you've probably been waiting to buy a new graphics card ever since AMD and NVIDIA announced their new variants late last year.
Subject to bots and scammers, and low stock due to the pandemic, it combined into a storm of frustrations to consumers while the two companies scrambled to get more stock out there.
The delays seem to be ongoing, with no one really sure as to when it will be.
However, both companies at CES had a few things to say about the situation, to almost give some kind of hope to customers wanting to upgrade their setup soon.
How Low in Q1 2021?
Thanks to VideoCardz, the CFO of NVIDIA, Colette Kress confirmed that demand for the 30 Series of their graphics cards was beyond anything they had anticipated.
As she said in an interview: "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."
AMD was also in agreement with demand, noting that consumers have a better chance checking their own website rather than third-party vendors once the Radeon 6000 variants are in stock.
Their CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, noted with some outlets that while tariffs have also been an issue, they are trying to work through a solution for more stock, to be made available on more sites, not just their own when the time comes.
When Could Stock Improve?
It's the $6800 question for customers; when will they be able to freely buy a new GPU from NVIDIA and AMD.
Essentially; soon. It was notable that AMD didn't announce any new GPU at CES this week, just their line of mobile CPU's to be going in laptops from February.
While NVIDIA did announce their GeForce RTX 3060, there was no release date to mention, which makes one wonder if there was ever a point in announcing a GPU at all for now.
Regardless, the coming months may show a chink of light for stock availability from both vendors, and that PC upgrade could be in your grasp at long last.