[Update] The GPU shortage is over! Prices are back to normal and it’s easy to find all ranges of cards.
I’m sure most of you have already noticed, but there’s another shortage of graphics cards and pretty much anything from the GTX 1050 Ti and up has become all but impossible to buy.
It seems like it was only a few months ago that I was writing about the 2017 GPU shortage. Maybe it never stopped? Anyway, the most recent shortage seems worse as prices are climbing higher than ever with most models being completely sold out.
The cause seems to stem from cryptocurrency mining, again. Due to the recent surge in the crypto market, cards are being bought left and right so miners can increase their profit margin.
However, crypto mining isn’t the only culprit to blame. There are a lot of different factors influencing this current shortage like more people getting into gaming than ever, advances in AI requiring more GPU processing power, RAM shortages, and even seasonality.
Unlike the previous shortage, it’s not just the mid-range cards like the RX 580 and GTX 1060 that are affected this time. Nope. Now the high-end market is also taking hits with most GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 Ti either sold out or being subjected to steep price hikes.
These are the affected Nvidia GPUs:
- GTX 1050 Ti
- GTX 1060 (3GB and 6GB)
- GTX 1070
- GTX 1070 Ti
- GTX 1080
- GTX 1080 Ti
The AMD side of the spectrum is equally affected with most cards being sold out across the board, although this has almost been a constant since the RX-series and Vega released.
These are the affected AMD GPUs:
- RX 570
- RX 580 (4GB and 8GB)
- Vega 56
- Vega 64
There are cards from the previous generation affected by this most recent shortage as well, the ones listed above are just those from the most recent generations of GPUs. Most of the cards listed above are completely out of stock at this stage. You might find some private sales, but those cards are probably going to be way overpriced.
What does this mean?
Well, it means you should try to avoid buying a new graphics card right now unless it’s a GTX 1050 Ti or lower. The low-end cards don’t put out an economical hashrate for mining crypto, so these cards are less sought after by miners. Meaning, budget gaming PC builders are in luck because they can still buy a graphics card.
The cards you can still buy are:
There are more available cards than listed above, these are just those from the most recent generation of GPUs.
That’s pretty much the long and short of it. GPU prices are once again through the roof and no one knows when they will return to normal.
There’s really only 2 alternatives if you learn that you can no longer buy the graphics card you wanted. Either wait it out and hope you can find one in stock somewhere eventually, or buy a prebuilt gaming PC instead. That’s pretty much it.
Prebuilt gaming PCs have come a long way over the past couple of years and companies that used to only offer trash builds with terrible components have stepped up their game to offer much higher-quality products. A build like CYBERPOWERPC’s GXIVR8020A4 is a solid mid-range desktop that comes with an i5 7400, a 4GB RX 580, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD.
Or, if you’re looking for something with significantly more power, there’s the iBUYPOWER AM900Z which serves as a solid higher-end build. It comes with an i7 7700K, a GTX 1070, 16GB of RAM, and both a 240GB SSD and a 1TB HDD.
If you want to step it up even further, then the CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR8080A2 is the build you want to look at. It comes with an i7 8700K, a GTX 1080 Ti, 16GB of RAM, and both a 240GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. This build is extremely well priced for what you’re getting, even before the price surge.
Graphics card prices are once again through the roof and there’s no telling when the market will stabilize. Currently, there’s no ETA on when more stock will hit the shelves so we’re all stuck waiting or finding alternative options.
If you find a great deal on a graphics card that’s currently affected by this price surge, please feel free to post a link in the comment section! You’ll no doubt be helping others by doing so!