RTX 30 series supply constraints will still remain throughout 2022, Nvidia confirms

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Aug 19, 2021 4:22 PM

After a long hard year of PC hardware shortages and ludicrously inflated prices, we were all hoping that something, anything, would happen by the end of the year so that 2022 would be much better. Well, it’s certainly better now than a few months ago, but Nvidia has just confirmed they expect supply constraints on their RTX 30 series graphics cards throughout 2022 as well.

Speaking in a recent investors call, Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, noted to investors that despite the incredible popularity of the RTX 30 series (their best selling GPU series in their history), only 20% of Nvidia’s userbase has upgraded to an RTX card. Although they would like that to improve, supply constraints will remain throughout 2022:

In addition, we expect sequential growth in each of our three other market platforms. Gaming demand is continuing to exceed supply as we expect channel inventories to remain below target levels as we exit Q3,” Huang said.

Meanwhile, we have and are securing pretty significant long-term supply commitments as we expand into all these different markets initiatives that we’ve set ourselves up for. And so I think — I would expect that we will see a supply contained environment for the vast majority of next year is my guess at the moment.

It’s not exactly what any one of us want to hear, but to hear straight from the horse’s mouth isn’t very comforting either. Essentially, whilst everything may improve over the coming months/year, don’t expect everything to return to normal again anytime soon.

The good news at least is that we’re likely to see graphics cards drop down to or at least close to their original MSRP before supply issues are fixed. This is because although the main issues of limited availability is still a problem, it is still improving somewhat. Plus, the crypto mining demand has decreased dramatically, and Nvidia even stated that 80% of all GPUs sold in Q2 2021 went to actual gamers, not miners.

What do you think? Were you hoping for GPU supplies to improve by 2022? Do you think they might improve sooner? Or possibly even later than 2022? Let us know your thoughts!

Do you think GPU supply will get better or worse in 2022?

What do you think will return to normal first?

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18:22 Aug-21-2021

I'm so glad I recently got a Vega 64 for around 230$ to replace RX 480 , yeah it's a power hungry GPU but I will use it just for 1080p/60 fps and it will keep me busy until things get back to normal , hopefully.

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07:02 Aug-20-2021

Intel will save us? Maybe???

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02:12 Aug-20-2021

This just in, AMD and Nvidia wish to milk gamers more with very high prices and keep saying there will be supply shortages all throughout 2023

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09:30 Aug-20-2021

sH0rTagEs

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23:07 Aug-19-2021

Supply is definitely better and is improving faster than prices, which is normal. Since there still is a lot of old supply stores bought at higher prices and the fact that people are actually buying them, so they want to drag this for as long as possible. And sure there are price increases to raw materials, distribution also costs more now,... but those prices are higher than just that, which indicates that they sell well enough for them to not want to rush price drops. But as more supply piles up, they will be forced to. Also supply feels like it is somewhat in that calm before holiday storm. But we will see, 2022 should be better. As for next gen, I won't place any bets on it yet, because I don't think this whole thing about "how much are gamers willing to spend, if forced to" is going to just get forgotten, I think it will have effect on next gen MSRPs and I don't think it will be good one. But we will see.

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20:40 Aug-19-2021

At this point. I'm holding out for the next gen anyway

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20:18 Aug-19-2021

Im sure things will get better early next year, but i just couldnt wait 6 extra months to get my rtx 3070 and pulled the trigger and bought a 4k 60h z monitor as well .Really enjoying raytracing titles and most importantly, the DLSS feature is really a game changer, especially at 4k +RT

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20:45 Aug-19-2021

Glad you're enjoying the new experience! At 4K you don't even need the ultra settings, as the pixel density makes things prettier to begin with :)

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20:00 Aug-20-2021

People like you buy the product at inflated prices and don't have any self control to wait, so those who have tight budget are dragged and have to wait for longer to get product at a reasonable price.


That's the reason AMD and Nvidia wont lower their prices even if they have supply. This is very bad for budget gamer and for gaming community in general.

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01:46 Aug-21-2021

yeah, i know,i suck, but it is done, i dont have to worry for the next 5 to 6 years, who knows , maybe pc gaming transform into cloud gaming? ofc there is a slight chance for that.

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17:51 Aug-21-2021

I respect your opinion, I wish you enjoy the best of PC gaming.

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16:43 Aug-19-2021

If Nvidia would like the RTX adoption to improve - how about flexing some muscle and tackling the scalped pricing?

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