Forward-looking: With Nvidia’s next-gen RTX 4000 sequence set to reach this yr, will its launch spell the top of the present Ampere client line? Possibly not, in line with one exec. It seems that the corporate might proceed to provide some RTX 3000 playing cards alongside Lovelace.
PCMag reviews that in a Morgan Stanley funding assembly on Monday, Nvidia CFO Colette Kress hinted at the potential for each present and next-gen playing cards being produced and offered alongside one another.
“Even throughout this era of COVID and provide constraints, it’s been attention-grabbing as a result of it’s given us the chance for gaming to proceed to promote each the present technology in addition to the Turing technology,” Kress stated. “So we’ve been doing that to offer an increasing number of provide to our avid gamers in that. And we might even see one thing like that proceed sooner or later.”
As Kress factors out, Nvidia saved on making the RTX 2060 after the launch of Ampere, and it launched a 12GB model in December that turned out to be costly, arduous to search out, and seemingly aimed extra at miners than avid gamers—it definitely didn’t do a lot to deal with the graphics card shortages.
Back in September 2018, when the primary Turing merchandise launched, Kress confirmed that its 10-series Pascal playing cards would co-exist alongside the brand new structure. At the time, many felt this was crucial as a result of excessive promoting factors of the RTX 2080 Ti/2080/2070; little did we all know simply how costly graphics playing cards would grow to be.
Kress has beforehand stated, on two events, that Nvidia expects graphics card provides to enhance within the second half of the yr. She repeated the declare once more on Monday, claiming a lift to availability would get right here ranging from the third quarter of 2022. “We will proceed to work on provide. I believe we’ll be in a great provide scenario within the second half,” she stated. Kress added that there can be “some objects” associated to the next-gen GPUs at Nvidia’s GTC occasion subsequent month.
We’re already seeing higher availability for graphics playing cards, together with falling costs, in Europe and on eBay. With the RTX 3090 Ti rumored to land later this month, it appears the GPU disaster is lastly beginning to alleviate.