Another batch of bad news for anyone looking to upgrade. According to a new report from Cowcotland, limited global supply of GDDR6 memory will further limit GPU availability.

Hurray.

The constant barrage of bad news surrounding GPU availability isn’t surprising. We expected it since early this year. And over the  With so many devices releasing simultaneously, raw materials for some of the components become scarce. And major companies like Apple use their size as leverage for priority shipments.

So aside from incredible demand for new graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA, components are still in short supply. This new report suggests that GDDR6 modules will be limited until February.

…it will take weeks for the situation to return to normal, which means that the availability of all models will not improve until February, even by blocking the release of some models (such as the 6900XT Custom) …

My optimism is fading. I’ve personally struggled to upgrade. My own rig uses an NVIDIA GTX 980, an excellent but aging GPU. While I was planning for an RTX 3080 or 3090, at this point any current-gen GPU is my new target. The same is true with AMD’s CPU line, though Intel has had no supply concerns (yet). Fortunately my CPU is a crazy powerful i7-5960X, and 64GB of DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz is still enough for any task.

I just picked up Cyberpunk 2077 for Stadia, thanks to a sweet deal (to get a free Stadia kit, a controller and Chromecast Ultra). That’ll hopefully tide me over until I can snag an upgrade.

via Videocardz