After a couple years, Nvidia’s next generation of graphics cards is almost here. Nvidia is reportedly preparing for the release by stopping production on some of its current gen cards to start making room for their successors.
The report comes from Chinese publication ITHome, which reports that Nvidia is planning to retire the RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080 Super, and RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia reportedly has three cards on the way–an RTX 3080, 3080 Ti, and 3090 Ti.
Ending production and decreasing availability of its highest-powered current-gen cards seems like it would make sense. The process of stopping production and selling through built-up stock isn’t instantaneous, though, and it’s likely we’ll see those RTX 20-series cards on shelves for some time. The next claim is a bit harder to swallow, though.
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According to ITHome, Nvidia is also telling its partners to raise the prices on those same graphics cards. According to the publication, the reason behind this is that cryptocurrency mining is set to make a comeback. While prices eventually recovered, 2017 and 2018 saw GPU prices spike to all-time highs as miners of BitCoin, Etherium, and other digital currencies latched onto GPUs as the best way to mine for those cryptocurrencies. According to Nvidia–again, as reported by ITHome–its Ampere cards could spike a second Crypto boom. The company also apparently says that TSMC‘s silicon supply is insufficient.
The first part of this story makes sense to the point that it seems almost inevitable. But that Nvidia is telling partners to raise prices is a bit harder to swallow on its face. Nvidia told Tom’s Hardware that it doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation, and there’s no other confirmation for this, so take it with a grain of salt.
Nvidia has yet to offer up a reveal date for its 30-series cards, but it stands to reason that the GPU maker probably wants to have the cards ready to buy before the holiday season. While they’d be directly competing with with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for gamers’ attention–not to mention the struggles of Coronavirus–the holiday season and the weeks after are when many gamers do their hardware purchasing for the year.