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Reportedly GPU Prices Not Expected to Stabilize Until Q3

Category: Video Cards
Posted: 08:25AM

If you have tried to purchase a graphics card recently, and were not very lucky, chances are you paid well above the MSRP. This has been the case for a long time and no one is quite sure when this will change, but supposedly NVIDIA shared with the buying manager of Massdrop its expectations.

Massdrop's model is to offer time-limited and sometimes also quantity limited drops of various products, and if enough people join the drop, it will be available at a price often lower than MSRP. In the discussion section for an Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a buying manager for the retailer addressed two of the reasons GPUs are so hard to find and expensive now: cryptocurrency mining and smartphones taking considerable amounts of DRAM, squeezing out production for other memories like those graphics cards use. Supposedly this information comes after he was able to speak with NVIDIA, along with the expectation it will not be until Q3 of this year, at the earliest, that we might start to see relief in graphics card pricing.

Also out recently are the data on GPU sales from Jon Peddie Research, and in the report, it says over three million add-in boards were sold to cryptocurrency miners, which accounts for $776 million in 2017. The report also says AMD benefited the most from those sales and shows the company's market share rose by 8.1% Q4 2017, from 13.0% to 14.2%, while NVIDIA lost 6% (19.3% to 18.4%) and Intel lost 2% (67.8% to 67.4%).

Source: WCCFtech, Massdrop (requires login), and Jon Peddie Research

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