An interview with AMD CEO Lisa Su on the day De Barron, echoes what we have been hearing elsewhere in the industry: the current silicon shortage will continue to affect supply at least until the end of the year. The interview also looks at the effect the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the company, in addition to touching on AMD's plans following its $ 35 billion acquisition of Xilinx. .
The highlight of the interview for PC gamers, however, has to do with these small supply chains. Lisa Su states that, over the past twelve months, "demand has far exceeded our aggressive expectations."
It’s something we’ve all felt the impact of, as graphics cards are essentially impossible to buy and CPUs are hard to come by during the holiday season. Although, thankfully, you should now be able to get your hands on AMD's 5000 series Ryzen CPUs.
This shortage of chips is expected to continue, however, "for this year, it will continue to be quite tight." That's probably not something any of us want to hear, although the AMD CEO said the company was "bringing more capacity every quarter."
We've started to see graphics card prices start to return to normal levels as cards in Germany have dropped a maximum of 304% to 153% of the PVP. Sure it’s still too expensive, but it’s a sign that things are moving in the right direction.
China has been cracking down on cryptocurrency mining in some provinces as well, causing used graphics cards to flood markets. Although they are generally sold in bulk, you may want to be careful about any card that has been saving you 24/7 for most of the year.
We may see some of AMD's graphics cards in nature at reasonable prices in the not-too-distant future. Especially since the latest rumors are expected to launch their Radeon RX 6600 XT and RX 6600 GPUs this August.