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Graphics Card Shortages to Improve in May

By - Source: Digitimes | B 48 comments

The recent shortages of 28 nm GPUs could be easing in late May, Digitimes reports.

"Sources" at graphics card makers told Digitimes that TSMC is increasing its manufacturing capacity and it should have some positive impact this month. There no further specifics how much the output of GPUs will grow.

However, we know that Nvidia is set to launch new graphics cards models (the GTX 670 and 610) and AMD is expected to react with price drops of the 7000 series. This should drive the cards closer to mainstream price levels.

AMD recently gained market share over Nvidia in the fourth quarter of 2011. Nvidia is set to report the earnings for its first fiscal quarter 2013, ended on April 29 2012, on May 11. Analysts generally expect the results to show weakness in GPU shipments due to the 28 nm production shortages.

Nvidia is also under pressure to move Kepler quickly into the mainstream with high volume products due to Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU, which are marketed by Intel as "good-enough" graphics engines that deliver enough horsepower for most PCs are sold today.

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    futuramafan , May 4, 2012 2:18 PM
    cheaper 7000s series sounds good to me
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    ojas , May 4, 2012 3:36 PM
    Meh. It's AMD's APUs that are good enough for gaming as far as entry level systems are concerned, not HD4000. I actually dislike the way the media's f*pping to HD4000 graphics, as if AMD's stuff doesn't matter.

    And anyway, HD4000 is hardly there in the lineup, few people buy i7s for the IGP, and almost all i5s have HD2500. I don't know what's up with Intel on this front.
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    digitalw , May 4, 2012 2:35 PM
    "Nvidia is set to report the earnings for its first fiscal quarter 2013..." or 2012 :) 
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  • 18 Hide
    futuramafan , May 4, 2012 2:18 PM
    cheaper 7000s series sounds good to me
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    trumpeter1994 , May 4, 2012 2:28 PM
    typos galore
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    digitalw , May 4, 2012 2:35 PM
    "Nvidia is set to report the earnings for its first fiscal quarter 2013..." or 2012 :) 
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    RazorBurn , May 4, 2012 2:52 PM
    I still don't feel any better after reading this article..
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    jfizzle4321 , May 4, 2012 2:52 PM
    frozonicpleaseee hurry up! i have been using a 6670 with my i5 3570k because i cant find a damn gtx 680



    Check with a company called central computers based out of the San Jose area, that's where I got two. Also, if you go to EVGA's website and go to "where to buy" call each company and see if they have them in stock. Just don't deal with Dell, I ordered two with them. First they said I'd have them buy April 5th then they said that they ran out post order and I'd receive the cards by may 21st lol.
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    J_E_D_70 , May 4, 2012 3:13 PM
    digitalw,

    First fiscal quarter 2013 is correct. They run theirs about a year ahead.
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    joaompp , May 4, 2012 3:16 PM
    I got an email from EVGA at 9pm saying the base 680 was in stock, by the time I checked my email at 11:30pm the cards where already all sold out. The low availability is crazy, and then you have random people buying it and marking it up by over $150 on ebay and on amazon.

    I hope this improves soon because I'm dying to replace my Intel celeron + GTS 8500 system, its just painful.
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    ojas , May 4, 2012 3:36 PM
    Meh. It's AMD's APUs that are good enough for gaming as far as entry level systems are concerned, not HD4000. I actually dislike the way the media's f*pping to HD4000 graphics, as if AMD's stuff doesn't matter.

    And anyway, HD4000 is hardly there in the lineup, few people buy i7s for the IGP, and almost all i5s have HD2500. I don't know what's up with Intel on this front.
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    eyeklops , May 4, 2012 3:49 PM
    I want my GTX 690
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    tuffjuff , May 4, 2012 3:58 PM
    frozonicpleaseee hurry up! i have been using a 6670 with my i5 3570k because i cant find a damn gtx 680


    Per Frozen CPU's Facebook page, as of yesterday they have 680's in stock.
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    joaompp , May 4, 2012 4:09 PM
    tuffjuffPer Frozen CPU's Facebook page, as of yesterday they have 680's in stock.


    not anymore they don't
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 4:42 PM
    ojasMeh. It's AMD's APUs that are good enough for gaming as far as entry level systems are concerned, not HD4000. I actually dislike the way the media's f*pping to HD4000 graphics, as if AMD's stuff doesn't matter.And anyway, HD4000 is hardly there in the lineup, few people buy i7s for the IGP, and almost all i5s have HD2500. I don't know what's up with Intel on this front.

    as the article states,"Nvidia is also under pressure to move Kepler quickly into the mainstream . ."

    it is referring not to gaming but to desktops where intel HD graphics do suffice.
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    ojas , May 4, 2012 5:29 PM
    looniamas the article states,"Nvidia is also under pressure to move Kepler quickly into the mainstream . ."it is referring not to gaming but to desktops where intel HD graphics do suffice.

    Which is why i mentioned the i7s... :) 
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    gilgamex , May 4, 2012 5:58 PM
    Wheres my 680 GTX!? OBAMA!
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    pharoahhalfdead , May 4, 2012 7:25 PM
    "Nvidia is set to report the earnings for its first fiscal quarter..." After it's absence of the 600 series and AMD's complete roll out of 7000 series, shouldn't it read, "Nvidia is set to report the LOSSES for its first fiscal quarter..."?
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 8:41 PM
    The stockbrokers need all the processing power they can get their hands on. Your most desired GPU is out of stock because some large day trading outfit bought the entire chip fab's output just to get a few milliseconds jump on the stock market!
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    lpedraja2002 , May 4, 2012 10:01 PM
    ojasMeh. It's AMD's APUs that are good enough for gaming as far as entry level systems are concerned, not HD4000. I actually dislike the way the media's f*pping to HD4000 graphics, as if AMD's stuff doesn't matter.And anyway, HD4000 is hardly there in the lineup, few people buy i7s for the IGP, and almost all i5s have HD2500. I don't know what's up with Intel on this front.


    I hate that too, their APU's have given me hope for IGP's but their cpu's are way behind in performance and thats what's hurting them, AMD needs to get their game on and deliver a massive increase in cpu performance.
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    maxinexus , May 4, 2012 11:31 PM
    Empty promises ...for investors nothing else..I want to see some cards in stock!!!
    As I commute to work I refresh newegg's web for good 15 min every day. On refresh number 4
    GTX680 was in stock so I must have been perhaps the 1st who saw it...unless there are more people as I lol so I wanted to add it to my card...bamm ...limited stock bla blahhhh ...basically you can not buy it...best part is 10 min later I got email notification that card is in stock...well obviously it is not.
    Frustrating. I give up. It appears that lower we go with die the lower are the yields and not very profitable as one would thing ...well stick to the old die before jumping on something new that is not reliable.
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    IQ11110002 , May 5, 2012 2:15 AM
    Intel on board graphics "good enough" LOL right there.
    Solitaire @ 5760x1200 triple screen maybe ;) 
    Think I will stick to a dedicated card thanks, Gaming pc's shouldn't be using on board graphics at all!
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    tomfreak , May 5, 2012 3:55 AM
    funny thing is despite the 680 shortage Nvidia are stupid enough to release a Dual GK104 GTX690.

    who the hell can get the gtx690, when the 680 is already rare. 690 is like super rare. now they are sending some good gtx680 chips to build gtx690, when everyone of us are trying hard to get 680.
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