NVIDIA is planning to shave off another 8-12% off the market prices of its GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards in the coming weeks. This price decrease will be passed onto board partners who’ll, in turn, push it onto retailers, thereby reducing the market prices. (hitechgazette) You can expect these price drops to materialize in the next 2 to 3 weeks, much like we’ve been seeing every month.
It’s worth noting that several factors have been driving the recurrent drop in GPU prices, the most notable being Ethereum Foundation’s upcoming shift to Proof of Stake (Eth 2.0), foundry expansions by TSMC and Samsung, and very soon, the launch of Intel’s Arc Alchemist graphics cards.
NVIDIA plans on switching to TSMC’s N5 process for its GeForce RTX 40 series lineup, meaning that it’ll continue its dual-foundry approach for the foreseeable future. This means the supply of both the RTX 30 and RTX 40 series GPUs should be ample by the year’s end. As for Ether, the shift to PoS is expected to happen in the coming months, with the initial foundations already in place.
Finally, there’s the matter of Intel’s 1st Gen Arc Alchemist graphics cards. This is going to be a bit of a wildcard. Team Blue is certainly going to struggle to keep up with veterans NVIDIA and AMD in the GPU space, especially on the drive side of things. Furthermore, the fact that these chips will be fabbed on TSMC’s N6 process means that they’ll be taking a scoop out of an already scarce meal.