Don’t Expect Next-Gen Nvidia GPUs For ‘A Long Time’

Don’t Expect Next-Gen Nvidia GPUs For ‘A Long Time’

People thinking about upgrading or building new gaming PCs have had a rough six months. First, there was the cryptocurrency boom, which caused graphics cards to sell for double or triple their MSRP. Then, just as soon as GPU prices began to fall, the price of RAM became an issue, with SSDs threatening to do the same over the next few months.

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And unfortunately at Computex 2018, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang handed out even more bad news for PC gamers this week when he announced that new next-gen GPUs from Nvidia won’t be available for “a long time”.

Historically, Nvidia tends to announce new graphics architecture in autumn, and based on the timing of Nvidia’s 10-series graphics card launch back in March 2016, a lot of people were expecting to hear about Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs right about now.

However, as autumn gave way to winter without a peep out of Nvidia, people started to wonder if new GPUs would ever arrive. And now, Huang has all but confirmed that anyone trying to wait things out until next-gen hardware arrives is going to have to sit on their hands a little longer.

The small upside to all this is that recently, the price of GPUs have finally fallen back to down somewhat tolerable levels now that a handful of GTX 1080 GPUs can be had from around $800.

And for the folks hopping to snag one of Nvidia’s massive BFGDs (Big Format Gaming Displays), Huang also added that select models from partners including Asus and others should be later this year, possibly as soon as spring.

At least now that the wait for new GPUs has been extended, people will have more time to save money for a next-gen graphics card – so that they can snag one before crypto coin miners buy up everything else.

[via PC World]


  • It wouldn’t have anything to do with ramping up production for the crypto boom that has died off and having lots of unsold hardware lying around?

      • To expand without editing, the shortage is DRAM availability. Both Nvidia and AMD have reported they’re unable to keep up with demand and they both reference DRAM as the limiting factor.

        • Correct me if I am wrong but the RAM isn’t on chip? Well it used not to be.
          A dram shortage will stop you manufacturing complete units but the actual GPU unit could still be manufactured?

          • Both companies closely control their production based on memory availability specifically to avoid oversupply (which AMD got burnt by with its 200 series). It’s useless to manufacture chips if the rest of the mandatory componentry is unavailable, after all. For example, AMD confirmed recently that they have the manufacturing capacity to produce more chips but can’t make use of it because of DRAM availability problems.

            I don’t have an insider view on any of the companies involved but it’s likely when they say they can’t meet demand they’re referring to end-user demand. It’s also possible that through partnership deals they may source and supply DRAM to partners directly. And of course, both companies manufacture their own cards end-to-end as well.

    • Nvidia has been on public record for calling out companies for overpricing (above msrp) their products and excluding gamers in place of miners. They have always maintained that gamers are their customers and should be respected.

      • Whilst I have heard the same if they were serious they could have the policy to apply sanctions should any wholesalers break their price promises or deal with known offending businesses. It is a bit of a soft-hearted word they give everyone to save face without applying any corporate pressure which is a shame.

  • They’re probably working away at bringing decent 4K performance to upper-midrange cards. There’s been little real need to upgrade if you’re only playing at 1080 or even 1440, unless you demand 120fps.

  • I mean they don’t have a lot of pressure to release them any sooner with AMD’s cards being okay’ish but then not having industry-wide support for drivers for games it makes sense to purchase NVIDIA despite their almost monopoly control. At the end of the day if AMD wants to compete with NVIDIA they need to pony up the cash like NVIDIA are and pay to have games optimised for AMD. It’s not consumers jobs to foster competition despite people wanting to take sides.

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