PC gamers looking to upgrade their GPU have been struggling thanks to stock shortages and price hikes. Last week Nvidia said they wanted retailers to prioritise gaming customers over cryptocurrency miners. The statement read:
“For NVIDIA, gamers come first. All activities related to our GeForce product line are targeted at our main audience. To ensure that GeForce gamers continue to have good GeForce graphics card availability in the current situation, we recommend that our trading partners make the appropriate arrangements to meet gamers’ needs as usual.”
At the time it looked like a PR exercise by Nvidia but it appears they are making some attempt to follow through on the promise. Nvidia has been attempting to shift GPUs out to gamers through their own website today with locked pricing.
The bad news is that the cards that were available were snapped up extremely quickly and they are already out of stock across the whole range.
The prices of GPUs at the moment are astronomical and they are simply not worth the money that’s being asked, assuming you can actually find them for sale. We have seen some models such as GTX 1080s almost double in price which is insane.
The bottom line is, it’s a terrible time to think about a GPU upgrade but keep an eye on prices and also the Nvidia website for more stock. There’s are good charts on PC Price Picker which are monitoring the situation.