According to new sources, some exciting news for the ever-dry graphics card industry is on the way. Not only is it expected that GPU prices will drop shortly, but it also appears that the next generation of graphics cards will have a lot to offer.
The next AMD RDNA3 and Nvidia RTX 40-series graphics cards appear to have similar performance, resulting in increased market competition.
There’s a lot to analyze in this new round of leaks, but probably the most intriguing piece of information comes from Greymon55, a well-known Twitter source for tech leaks. Greymon55 sent out a cryptic tweet, hinting that GPU costs will “dramatically” reduce beginning next month. While the leaker doesn’t say what caused the price drop, it does provide a much-needed ray of light at a time when graphics cards are still exorbitantly priced.
There has been a lot of contradicting information about the GPU scarcity, and more specifically, when it will end. Many sources appeared to indicate to 2022 being better than 2021, but not quite as good as we’d like. CEOs of Nvidia, AMD, and Intel all gave their thoughts on the topic at one point or another, and many sources seemed to point to 2022 being better than 2021, but not quite as good as we’d like. There are reasons, though, to assume Greymon55 is correct – at least to some extent.
We just reported on 3DCenter’s current results on graphics card pricing, and it’s encouraging to note that they’ve been steadily declining. Furthermore, supply levels continue to rise, making it easier to obtain one of the top GPUs, albeit at a premium price. Intel will soon join the race alongside Nvidia and AMD, and with 4 million GPUs expected to be shipped in 2022, supply levels will only improve even more.
Manufacturers have been attempting to increase graphics card supplies since the beginning of the GPU scarcity, but the results have been poor until recently. Many people link this to GPU scalpers, who buy out cards in seconds and resale them at higher costs, as well as cryptocurrency miners, who require a large number of GPUs to meet their mining needs and are willing to pay scalper premiums. However, cryptocurrency values are at an all-time low, and with Ethereum believed to be moving to a proof-of-stake mechanism soon, GPU mining will undoubtedly suffer. More graphics cards for PC enthusiasts should be preserved as a result of this.
Greymon55 went on to discuss the forthcoming generation of graphics cards, including the Nvidia 40-series “Ada Lovelace” and AMD RDNA3, after breaking the huge news concerning GPU costs. Both lineups are expected to debut later this year, and many fans are curious as to what kind of show we may expect from them. Greymon55, interestingly, thinks they’re about the same level.
Greymon55 claims that RDNA3 cards will deliver 2.5 times the performance of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090, while Ada Lovelace GPUs would deliver 2-2.5 times. This makes it sound like both manufacturers will offer roughly the same performance improvement over current-gen cards, but 3DCenter went a step further to evaluate the two. When it comes to 4K performance, Nvidia Ada Lovelace GPUs continue to outperform AMD RDNA3, with the RDNA3 topping out at 2.3 times the RTX 3090. Keep in mind that all of this is based on rumors, and we won’t know the exact figures for some time. Similar reports concerning Ada Lovelace GPUs towards the end of 2021 have already surfaced.
The currently elusive AMD RDNA2 and Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs may only gain in terms of affordability as the debut of next-gen graphics cards approaches. Potential PC builders may begin to wait for the next generation of cards, which may be useful to individuals who are content with a good GPU but aren’t looking for the latest and greatest.
With such a tight race between the two GPU behemoths, and prices maybe continuing to fall, we could be in for an exciting year. Let’s hope Greymon55 is correct, and March will bring improved graphics card market conditions.
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