PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Will Lead To Expensive Graphics Cards In 2020

DRAM shortage could encounter more expensive GeForce and Radeon graphics cars next year for NVIDIA and AMD. It seems that NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards might get a little bit more costly in 2020, according to a new statement from DigiTimes. It was also indicated that the graphics card prices would increase due to the actual DRAM shortages. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will contribute to that.

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Moreover, DigiTimes details that GDDR memory could be reaching in price possible during Q1 2020. We should expect almost 5 % according to one of DigiTimes’ sources in DrameXchange.

DRAMeXchange states: “Graphics DRAM is more sensitive to demand change than other types of memory products, so its price fluctuations can be dramatic as well. With OEM clients raising their stock-up demand, Graphics DRAM contact prices are projected to increase by over 5 % QoQ, the highest among all memory products.”

Such a turn by both NVIDIA, with its latest Turing-based GeForce RTX graphics cards and Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series, urged this as both GPU developers went on with the GDDR6 memory.

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to lead to expensive graphics cards in 2020

The move from GDDR5 to GDDR6 is resulting in supply concerns as GDDR5 is less and less purchased, while the other one is highly ordered. NVIDIA has later utilized the better GDDR6 memory in mid-leveled graphics cards. After that, AMD pursued such a way by getting GDDR6 memory for its latest mid-range Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards.

Furthermore, both next-gen platforms, Microsoft’s newest Xbox Series X console and Sony’s latest PlayStation 5, will use the GDDR6 memory. Such a thing means more memory than 4GB/8GB utilized on most of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon. The GDDR6 development is forecasted to increase by 15 % collectively between SK Hynix, Micron, and Samsung. There could be a way that the graphics card costs will stabilize, and we might not spend that much. More details, however, will soon be announced.

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