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For a PC gamer, new hardware releases are usually a time closely followed by euphoria and an empty wallet. It’s a time where you can upgrade your gear for maximum performance and enjoy the most up to date gear that the gaming industry has to offer.
However, thanks to an unprecedented shortage of graphic cards globally. This has led to months of fruitless searching, new hardware dropping with no one able to purchase it and a market that has been overrun by scalpers and bots.
Why is This Shortage Happening?
In truth, there isn’t one sole factor that relates to the shortage. The problem as we see it, is three-fold. Firstly, during the global pandemic that we have all been subjected to, PC gaming has made a comeback of sorts.
That’s not to say that numbers were low to begin with but with more free time available to players, this has led to a 50% in hours played increase in the year 2020. Which has translated to more demand for graphics cards and contributed to the shortage.
Second, we have bitcoin miners. In order to mine cryptocurrency and gain this digital gold, you need a GPU. So with many digital entrepreneurs seeing an opportunity, they have snapped up all available units, set themselves up a mining rig and got to work on getting rich quick. Thus adding to the shortage.
Then thirdly, we have the scalpers. Much like the issues that the next-gen console customer base is facing. Scalpers are wreaking havoc on the GPU market too.
Seeing an opportunity for a quick buy, a steep price spike and a healthy profit, these nefarious creatures have set their sights on the precious few GPU units left on the market. Thus wiping out any remaining or replenishing stock and creating the issue we have before us.
When Will This Issue End?
While this is dependent on the success of alternatives and the state of the market. There have been predictions made by market leaders AMD and Nvidia and the outlook isn’t good. According to these companies, the shortage could last deep into the year 2022.
News that we are sure PC gamers won’t be pleased to hear. This issue is directly related to the shortage of semiconductors which are used in production to make graphic cards.
However, there is a silver lining. Although there will still be an ongoing shortage and stock will still be in short supply, it is rumored that in Q3 of this year, the stock will be somewhat easier to come by.
This is by no means a guarantee but if you are looking for some hope to cling onto, this might just be your lifeline. More updates as the situation develops.
So that’s our news regarding the GPU shortage. What do you make of the news? Do you think this shortage will end this year? Is this the fault of the scalpers or the manufacturers? Let us know in the comments section below.