Have you ever tried to buy a graphics card lately? You have got our condolences. Provide stays nicely in need of demand, resulting in irritating conditions the place scalpers can cost obscene premiums on eBay, and retail distributors can pressure undesirable bundles on customers when playing cards are literally in inventory. It stinks, however the scenario might enhance in 2022 (knock on wooden).
So says NVIDIA’s chief monetary officer, Colette Kress, who provided up some encouraging remarks on the UBS International TMT digital convention this week. In response to Kress, NVIDIA is taking measures to “procure extra provide” to fulfill the rabid demand for the corporate’s GPUs, each from customers and its add-in board (AIB) companions. NVIDIA anticipates these efforts starting to repay within the latter half of 2022.
“We have been in a position to develop fairly nicely throughout this yr, every quarter sequentially rising. And we do proceed to plan to do this for This autumn. So we imagine we’ll be in a greater scenario by way of provide, once we have a look at the second half of subsequent yr,” Kress stated.
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Even so, PC avid gamers are having an extremely troublesome time monitoring down graphics playing cards at anyplace close to MSRP—they’re both all the time offered out, or commanding inflated worth tags from market, second-hand, and generally even first-hand sellers.
It is a nuanced scenario, but it surely all tracks again to there simply not being sufficient provide to fulfill demand. So what’s NVIDIA’s technique to get its fingers on extra GPUs? It boils right down to signing long term manufacturing capability agreements. Kress didn’t get into the specifics of these agreements, however did recommend they’re greater than 12 months.
“We’re additionally now procuring long term. Long term may be greater than a yr. And you have additionally seen us now enter into agreements that may take us out a few years by way of long-term capability wants,” Kress stated.
“We would like to carry that again down. We imagine bringing that down actually takes simply offering an inexpensive quantity of provide out there versus the lean quantities that now we have at present,” Kress stated.