Last Updated on March 16, 2021
Many of us are either trying to build our new PC rig with the newest video cards on the market right now or, at the least, trying to upgrade our cards to the newest of the new…
The problem is that there is nothing to be found on all of the major online stores. Amazon has been out of stock for quite some time now and even on Newegg or other retailers… None seem to have had anything in stock for a long time coming now.
So what’s the hold up and when can we expect to have them back in stock again?
Supply & Demand… Try To Shop Local If You Can
As with anything else, supply and demand is the main reason why the cards have been out of stock. We are seeing the same thing with the current gen consoles as well, the PS5 and Xbox Series X systems are also hard to come by.
I personally don’t have any PC hardware stores around in my local area, such as a Microcenter, to speak on whether or not they have anything in stock but for you, it’d be worth giving a Google search a try to see where the closest Microcenter or similar hardware store is at in your area.
Who knows, they might have something!
Words From Nvidia’s CFO
But if you’re like me and have no choice but to find something online then there is a little hope on the horizon… but it’s still most likely going to be a while.
Colette Kress, Executive Vice President and CFO of Nvidia, has stated that:
“We expect the overall channel inventories, meaning the inventories that are with our AIC partners [graphics card makers] as well as in our e-tail and retail channels will likely remain lean throughout Q1.” – Colette Kress
But now there is word that we likely will not see another surge in stock until around May.
She has also stated:
“Our overall capacity has not been able to keep up with that overall strong demand that we have seen. We’ve seen in terms of constraints, constraints really from the overall global surge of compute and the overall capacity, capacity that may be necessary for assembly and test and/or sub trades as well. But again, we remain focused on this and working each day to improve our overall supply situation.” – Colette Kress
Cards Could Be Back Around April/May
That same amount of demand is on the AMD side as well… It’s safe to assume that AMD’s new RX 6000 cards will be available right around the same time as Nvidia.
With them saying that it will likely remain lean throughout Q1… We can predict around end of April and going into May when we will see the new cards back on the market.
Then who knows, maybe both companies will be ready and have a large influx of cards readily available for the demand or maybe we will go through another wave of nothing being in stock for a while.
Something similar has happened in the past when the 1000 series and 2000 series cards from Nvidia were released. Once they were gone from the online retailers, we didn’t see them back for a long minute.
Are you going to be snagging up the new cards right when they come out?
What do you think these companies could do to help keep up with all of the future demands?