Some things tend to move only in one direction, such as CPU and GPU prices. TSMC, the semiconductor manufacturer, has informed its customers, including NVIDIA and AMD, that the prices of their chips will be raised by up to 20% based on a report from DigiTimes.
This, naturally, will lead to an increase CPU and GPU prices for consumers. TSMC stated that the price increase is due to a variety of factors, including pandemic-induced shortages, material costs, freight and logistics. Still, this rubs consumers the wrong way given how TSMC’s quarterly profit rose 16.4% compared to a year ago, reaching US$6 billion.
When prices for GPUs such as NVIDIA RTX 3090 Ti could already go up to over US$4,000, this inflation in CPU and GPU prices could become even more out of reach for many gamers. This is yet another blow to those who want to get their hands on these components, as supply has been unable to keep up with the demand for them.
Apple is another customer of TSMC affected by the price hikes. With its next-generation A16 processor in the works and using TSMC’s 4nm chip, Apple has accepted the price hike. We’ll most likely see the A16 processor in upcoming iOS devices in 2022.
Here’s hoping that production will at least be able to ramp up and be a piece of good news for consumers and gamers. We’re not even sure that gaming (and its costs) make sense even at this point of time. We might even see the further acceleration of indie gaming as a whole as gamers are unable to grab hold of the latest hardware to enjoy gaming at the top end.
Intel might be able to lend a helping hand with their upcoming Intel Arc GPU to help keep GPU prices low.