Graphics Card Shortages to Ease a Bit by End of the Month

Paul Lilly

Nvidia today officially launched its GeForce GTX 690 (see some of our preliminary benchmark results here ) dual-GPU graphics card, which arrives a little less than six weeks after the official unveiling of Kepler in the form of the GeForce GTX 680 (see our benchmarks of that card here ). Both are formidable graphics cards capable of driving a high-end gaming PC, provided you can find one in stock.

And there's the rub. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is over its head in chip orders, and as a result, there just isn't enough capacity to supply companies like Nvidia with the silicon they need to meet demand. This has caused a shortage of 28nm graphics cards, though by the end of the month, things should start to improve.

According to DigiTimes , late May is when TSMC's capacity restrictions will begin to ease, and that will benefit production of GeForce GTX 680 and 690 graphics cards. What's more, DigiTimes says Nvidia is getting ready to flesh out its Kepler line by releasing the GeForce GTX 670 and 610 in May and June, respectively, so it's imperative that TSMC gets a handle on things.

As for AMD, the rival GPU maker is reportedly going to reduce pricing even further on its Radeon HD 7000 Series.

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