Nvidia recently went out and confirmed what many refined computer enthusiasts already suspected – that the availability of the latest generation of graphics cards from the manufacturer will continue to be substandard until the second quarter of 2021. Nvidia stated that a lack of components at the manufacturing stage was the main reason, while competitor AMD pretended it was raining.
Information is now emerging from the French side, namely Cowcotland, which claims that one of the shortages is memory circuits of the GDDR6 type. As Nvidia’s top cards in the RTX 3000 series use the GDDR6X memory type not mentioned in the report, the lack of access may be due to completely different parameters, while cards such as the Geforce RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti and Radeon RX 6800 and 6900 series suffer.
According to our sources, 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)[…]
– Aurélien Lagny, Cowcotland
According to Videocardz, the GDDR6X deficiency is not as acute as that of the volume product GDDR6. At the same time, Aurélien Lagny at Cowcotland believes that the GDDR6 deficiency will continue until February, which is expected to negatively affect launches of partner cards based on, for example, the newly launched Radeon RX 6900 XT.
Whether the power outage at Micron’s factory in Taiwanese Taoyuan plays into the whole thing is unclear, but the chance of encountering a graphics card of the latest cut under the Christmas tree already seemed minimal in the past.