The ‘nightmares GPU crisis,’ as PC Gamer describes it, has turned the graphics market upside down and caused a headache for gamers who can no longer find a GPU at a fair price. The worst GPU shortfall in years is due to component and substrate shortages, rising bitcoin value, and millions of people now working from home.
The graphics cards are now accessible, more than a year after the problem first surfaced, albeit at exorbitant costs. However, this pricing is said to be gradually reduced, even as the value of cryptocurrency continues to plummet. This, together with the forthcoming changeover to proof of stake for Ethereum and the release of new entry-level GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD, can finally bring some hope for normalcy.
Meanwhile, Intel, the forthcoming third competitor in the GPU competition, has kept a suspiciously low profile when it comes to its Arc discrete GPUs. At CES 2022, the corporation did not reveal any new information, but the Q1 2022 availability claim was reiterated. Intel, on the other hand, has not stated when gamers would be able to purchase desktop Arc GPUs.
However, Raja Koduri (Intel SVP, GM Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group) is looking for a way to send millions of Arc GPUs to gamers each year, as he stated in a tweet in response to the PC Gamer story:
Add-in-board partners ship millions of GPUs to gamers and system integrators every quarter. Intel will undoubtedly have a favorable impact on the industry by introducing a few million GPUs each year. ARC GPUs, according to Intel, is a multi-year initiative involving collaboration from a foundry, board partners, gamers, and game studios.
With Alchemist arriving two to three quarters before next-gen AMD/NVIDIA architecture, Intel may not be able to establish itself as a serious challenger until ‘Arc Battlemage.’