Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 Supply Issues, Price Surge Not Due to High Demand? TSMC the Culprit?
PC gamers are impressed with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards. However, some buyers are already voicing out frustrations because the new Pascal video cards are unavailable in most stores and some are taking advantage of the supply issues.Advertisement
Initial reports indicated that the supply issues are due to the high demand and Nvidia is struggling to keep up, failing to provide enough GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 cards for retailers. Gamers criticized the company for not producing enough supplies to meet the demands. But a more reasonable explanation recently surfaced.
Mobipicker revealed that the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 supply issues are cause by problem in the production of the Pascal-based graphic cards. TMSC, one of Nvidia’s production partners, are having difficulties meeting the demand for the 16nm chips needed to create the powerful GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards.
Until TSMC and Nvidia solve the production issues, gamers are expected to have difficulties buying the in-demand graphics cards. Popular online stores like Amazon were able to secure several units but they are quickly being sold out minutes after it was posted.
Due to the supply issues, some gamers who were able to get their hands on the Pascal graphics cards are taking advantage of it. One EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 that was bought for $699 is being sold for $1,139 at Amazon.
Techfrag also spotted a VGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 with selling price of $1,999. Founders Editions EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 is priced at $819, while the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 is offered for $839, which are also way higher than the $599 and $699 MSRP. It seems some gamers are biting on it, though, because most overpriced units were already sold.
It remains to be seen how Nvidia and TSMC will react in the coming days now that AMD RX 480 is available on the market. The new AMD RX 480 is considered as the new king of budget video cards, as it offers superb graphic performance for less than $500, giving Nvidia a run for their money in the coming weeks.
The Nvidia GTX 1080 is said to be 25 percent faster that the GeForce GTX Titan X with its 2,560 CUDA cores and 1,607 MHz core clock. The GTX 1070 has 1,920 CUDA cores with 1,506 MHz core clock. Watch the video below for more information about the two graphics cards.
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