There might be light at the end of the proverbial GPU shortage tunnel. The ray of hope comes from NVIDIA’s Chief Financial officer Colette Kress, who painted a favourable outlook on GPU supply during the UBS Global TMT conference. Kress said that NVIDIA is confident about the GPU supply situation improving by the second half of 2022.
That time frame also coincides with the impending launch of NVIDIA’s successor to the Ampere GPU range in the form of the RTX 40-series. The GPU maker’s optimism could also be fuelled in part by its decision to move chip fabrication from Samsung to TSMC. The latter evidently failed to step up to the surge in GPU demand, so the company seems to be hedging its hopes on TSMC’s foundries to step up to the plate.
The upcoming successor to the 30-series Ampere GPUs is based on the new Ada Lovelace architecture and will leverage TSMC’s advanced 5nm EUV fabrication process to deliver a substantial increase in transistor count. However, the supply reliability also depends on the yield rate of the more complicated 15-layer EUV process for the new manufacturing node.
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While NVIDIA shows optimism for GPU supply next year, it isn’t taking any chances by bringing back old silicon from retirement. Recently, the company had announced the 12GB Super variant of the RTX 2060 GPU. The two-year-old low-end Turing card is expected to mitigate GPU demand without affecting the chip supplies for the current generation Ampere graphics cards.
Whether or not you believe NVIDIA’s optimistic forecast, you might want to check out this guaranteed way to secure an NVIDIA Turing GPU without breaking the bank in our GPU shortage guide. Products such as the Zotac Magnus One and other pre-built bundles are still viable routes to procuring graphics cards at relatively reasonable prices.