Nvidia expects graphics card supply to improve in the second half of 2022

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Nvidia has been wrong about when graphics card supplies will return in the past, though it’s one of the only companies on the planet that really knows what’s going on. So it’s certainly worth noting when Nvidia CFO, Colette Kress, says that the second half of 2022 will be better for GPU supply than now. Finally, some good news for gamers.

Last year, Colette Kress told us that supply will remain low through Q1 2021, and sadly it will remain lean through the full year of 2021. As we approach 2022, not much has changed, though during a conference call Kress outlined some potentially positive news for GPU supply later this year.

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“We noticed that the channel levels have become quite lean,” Kress says during the call, responding to a question about supply for gamers. looking for alpha, Tom’s Hardware) “We are working with our supply chain partners to increase supply availability. And we feel better about our supply position as we move into the second half of calendar year ’22.”

Now, many large chipmaking companies don’t actually believe that the chip shortage will end until the end of 2022, although some have said they think the situation may at least improve by that time. A recent report by Digitimes expects a 10% improvement in GPU shipments in 2022. It’s not much of an improvement, but it is an improvement.

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Intel’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, expects more or less supply To stay agile by 2023, when themselves and others like it (TSMC, Samsung) can actually get more manufacturing capacity online to meet demand.

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Last year, we spoke to a supply chain expert to find out why you still can’t buy a graphics card.

It is slow going in chipmaking. Fabs aren’t built in a day, and even if they are, it costs a lot of money and perhaps a bit too much risk for some companies to want to build them. No chip maker wants to build capacity, so huge demand slips away before they can sell the increased number of chips they produce.

It doesn’t bode well for gamers, and I’m sure it’s not what anyone wants to hear, but it’s the sad reality of the situation that has plagued PC gaming over the past two years. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, however, that one day supply will outpace demand—it matters more when and for how long we’ll have to pay more for graphics cards in the meantime.

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