Nvidia’s GTC 2022 begins March 22nd and it is generally expected that Nvidia will also talk about future GPUs after Ampere and Co. In the lead-up to this, Nvidia CFO Colette Kress has already given a few hints about the state of supply for graphics cards and how well the current GPU strategy is working.
Nvidia on display state and dual GPU strategy
Let’s start with what Chris says about the Lovelace aka Geforce RTX 4000. Of course, the question for new GPUs is not directly answered, because one is not talking about unannounced products. However, the interviewer makes the hypothesis that the ampere supply cannot really meet the demand. That’s why switching to the third generation RTX may be more difficult because the demand for the previous model was already high.
Chris responds by saying that the upcoming GTC will talk about the future, without specifically promising that he will also talk about gaming graphics cards. However, it is interesting to note that during the time of Covid-19 and the attendant supply bottlenecks, Nvidia has been given the opportunity to resell both its current amp and Turing generation. The combination of the RTX 30 and RTX 20 (eg Geforce RTX 2060 12 GB) was introduced “to keep our players better and better, and something like this can continue into the future”. “It was a success with Amber and we’ll see how it goes,” Chris continued. The hint could mean that Nvidia will continue to offer some RTX 30 graphics cards after the launch of the Geforce RTX 4090 and Co. Or it will also target new versions of existing Ampere GPUs.
When it comes to supplying graphics cards, Kress has good news and bad news. The good news: Nvidia keeps assuming that you’ll have a “good supply situation” in the second half of the year and that you’ll keep trying to improve the display every single day. However, Chris assumes that the general lack of supply will continue for “many more years”. That’s why Nvidia has been looking far into the future, rather than just the next quarter or this year, when it comes to sourcing components for some time. Chris mentions chips, stilts, and also logistics.
Even if demand for Nvidia graphics cards in the first quarter and possibly in the second quarter as well exceeds supply, work continues on supply. Chris thinks the show “will get better every quarter of this year.” Also, Nvidia is expected to be in a strong position for the second half of this year.
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