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Nvidia's next-gen graphics cards are still a way off if the GPU 'supply run' is any indication

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Rejoice! Nvidia graphics cards are back in stock below MSRP! Despair. That means it’s still going to be a while before they release a new generation of graphics card. Sigh, where’s my Nvidia Volta GPU?

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Nvidia have tweeted out pictures and gifs of GeForce-branded (totally not faked) shipping containers and shelves being stocked with new 10-series graphics cards. Which is kinda great, and means we’re starting to see affordable GPUs hitting the market across the globe.

We reported last week the GTX 1080 was below it’s recommended launch price, and now the rest are following. The Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB is finally back below MSRP and you can now pick one up for under $300 / £250, which is about what you might have expected to pay this time last year. Remember those halcyon days before the gaming GPU market was eviscerated? Yeah, good times…

To be honest this doesn’t really  feel like something to celebrate, but in the context of the current GPU pricing problems, having one of the most popular mainstream graphics cards back to the level it was this time last year still feels like a bit of a win.

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There’s an EVGA and MSI GTX 1060 available for $290 and £245 respectively. Compared with the rival RX 580 8GB, the AMD card which used to cost even a little less than the GTX 1060, you’re going to have to pay another $50 or £50 to get yourself on team red. 

There has also been a big push by the GeForce gang to get their own store stocked in the US, with all the Nvidia graphics cards now available for their standard price. You might have to be quick as they do tend to sell out quickly, the empty digital shelves at the UK version of the store is testament to that.

Nvidia tweeted out last night a definitely genuine picture of a boat laden with GeForce-branded shipping containers. Jacob thinks it’s photoshopped, but I’m positive it can’t be. I mean just look at it, obviously a genuine picture. Maybe... 

Some people have taken this, and the announcement of a May 30 GTC Taiwan keynote by Jen-Hsun Huang just before Computex, being a sign of brand new graphics cards arriving soon. But if 10-series GTX cards are starting to flood the shelves at retail again that’s a pretty big hint that new GPUs are a way off.

If they're were anywhere near getting new Nvidia cards ready for retail there wouldn't be such a push, or such a fanfare, about getting last-gen stock replenished. In other words, don’t expect to see anything new, whether that’s a GTX 2080 or GTX 1180, from Nvidia until at least September. 

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1 Month ago

The way I see it, they know the mining craze is coming to an end and to avoid a flood of gpus being sold well below the msrp, they are clearing their stock to make way for the new GPUs. By the time the miners sell their card well below the msrp, the new gpus will hit the market and no doubt entice consumers to pay for the newest and the greatest instead. Nvidia and partners profits, miners get the shaft.

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TheGameTechnician Avatar
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1 Month ago

Counterpoint: Nvidia is unloading final Pascal stock in preparation for next-gen card release.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Month ago

It's not really a counterpoint, however. This could very well be the last big shipment of Pascal GPUs, but that still means the new GPUs aren't going to be here for a while, at least not until September-ish.

Nvidia wouldn't fill the channel and release new graphics cards straight after.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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1 Month ago

This year isn't way off, it sounded like it is not coming this year.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Month ago

I did say September in the piece, which is still nearly half a year away :)

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