Gamers have been vary of the steady increases in GPU prices ever since the mining insanity started. Though things seem to be stabilizing now, looks like that trend might continue for a while. NVIDIA has now mentioned that GPU prices will continue increasing through Q3 2018.
The news comes through dsogaming. Hardware seller Massdrop claims that the pricing in the market will continue to go up through Q3 of this year.
In specific, a discussion post on a GTX 1080 Ti on Massdrop from tech community lead Brian Hutchins talks about a visit from NVIDIA to Massdrop HQ, in which they discussed the causes for the current shortages. NVIDIA has stated by green team, the two main reasons causing the GPU prices to increase each and every month are the mining craze and the graphics memory shortage.
“While NVIDIA was here they also let us know that the pricing in the market will continue to go up through Q3 of this year most likely before we start seeing any type of relief,” Hutch says. “So, unfortunately, the end to this is not right around the corner and we have not seen the worst of it yet.”
Despite the fact that cryptocurrencies have been plummeting as of late, miners are still clearing out any high-end GPUs they can find. As a result of that, both NVIDIA and AMD partners have been having a hard time filling up inventory and stock.
On the other hand, smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung are also willing to pay more for the memory to be used in their products. Factories are using the same production lines for the memory that is used in graphics cards and in smartphones, leading to a shortage of memory for third party GPU maunfactures like MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, and EVGA. Building a PC is unfeasible at the moment, and from the looks of things it’s going to stay that way.