A Timeline of the GPU crisis.

Right now is a horrtible time to build a gaming PC. Graphics cards are nearly impossible to find at near MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price), with many second-hand graphics cards selling at more than twice that price. PC gamers are having a really bad year. rthe COVID-19 pandemic made things a lot worse. We have seen computer compenent prices rise in the past. For example, RAM (Random Access Memory), costed way more than it does now in 2018. Prices eventually cooled down in 2019, much to the relief of gamers. Gamers were very happy that they could buy large amounts of ram cheaply again. Prices change according to supply and demand, and this is why we are seeing a rise in GPU prices. GPU shortages due to cryptocurrency mining and automated purchases of graphics cards drive up the price of GPU’s. There was also another small graphics card shortage in 2017 when buying a GPU was hard.

In 2015, there was a shortage of GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti graphics cards in the Asia-Pacific area. At the time, the main cause was a problem with GPU supply chains, which was exacerbated by rising demand in the region. Prices jumped by roughly 15% in some regions of the world before rapidly returning to normal.

In comparison to many other PC components, graphics cards are particularly prone to shortages and price volatility. Nvidia and AMD, the two major GPU manufacturers, don’t actually make that many graphics cards. Instead, they license add-in board partners (AIBs) to construct and market their own versions of the designs.

March 2020: PANDEMIC!

The CDC had just issued a Pandemic Alert. The world is in panic mode. People start panicking and everyone is at hjome. With nothing to do, the number of computers bought significantly increase. A single-family computer will no longer suffice. Computer sales spike

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