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GPU Prices Increased by Up to 300% and May Continue to Rise

Sodar, 11 June 2021, 14:24

Buying a GPU these days is a big expense due to high prices, as over the last year they have increased severalfold. Unfortunately it may get even worse.

GPU Sales Explode; Chips are Still Short, but Supply is Increasing

Nicek, 09 June 2021, 12:25

The last few months will definitely be remembered as the ones where buying a GPU bordered on miracle. Despite severe shortages, the PC GPU market continues to grow.

Intel on Chip Shortages - Better Get Used to It

Jacob Blazewicz, 01 June 2021, 13:35

Pat Gelsinger once again addressed the current chip supply problems. Unfortunately, Intel's CEO still confirms that the semiconductor shortage could last for several years.

Chip Prices Increased by 30%; Electronic Components Price Hike Inbound

Sodar, 25 May 2021, 13:11

The announced increases in chip prices are becoming a reality. A large part of manufacturers are raising them as we write these words, and some have already done so. Differences reach up to 30%, depending on the type of chip.

Chia Cryptocurrency Can Damage SSDs in the Span of Few Weeks

Nicek, 12 May 2021, 20:32

It turns out that the increasingly popular Chia cryptocurrency does not only affect the availability and prices increase of SSDs. First information about the increased failure rate of SSD media, which wear out very quickly during the mining proces, appeared on the web.

RAM and VRAM Hikes Due to Price Collusion? There's a Lawsuit

Przemyslaw Dygas, 10 May 2021, 17:40

Another increase in DRAM prices may be the result of price collusion by the largest manufacturers. Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron have once again been charged by law firm Hagens Berman.

New Lawsuit Concerning Valve's Monopolistic Practices on Steam

Jacob Blazewicz, 30 April 2021, 19:35

Valve has become the target of another lawsuit. The document filed by Wolfire Games accuses the company of anti-competitive regulation, including overpricing on Steam and taking 30% of devs' revenue.

Microsoft Follows in Epic Games Store's Footsteps and Reduces Revenue Share

Przemyslaw Dygas, 29 April 2021, 17:45

Microsoft Store is following in Epic Games Store's footsteps and will offer more compensation to video game developers. Starting August 1, the store's revenue share will decrease to 12%, albeit this applies only to PC games.

This Dedicated Crypto Mining Rig Gives Hope to Gamers Without GPUs

Jacob Blazewicz, 26 April 2021, 19:42

Bitmain is preparing another hardware for crypto miners. The Antminer E9 is expected to provide Ethereum yield equal to 32 units of the GeForce RTX 3080.

HDDs at Record High Prices in Asia

Przemyslaw Dygas, 26 April 2021, 14:15

HDD prices in China and Japan have even increased by more than 60%. The reason for the problems is the Chia cryptocurrency, which has sparked interest in this type of components.

DDR4 RAM Prices to Increase Even Further, Followed by GPU Memory Prices

Sodar, 21 April 2021, 15:55

GPUs have probably never been this expensive. Could it get any worse? Absolutely. Expected price increases for DRAM modules may be higher than expected, making DDR4 and DDR3 RAM more expensive as well.

New Cryptocurrency Could Cause More PC Component Shortages

Przemyslaw Dygas, 20 April 2021, 23:04

It turns out that the new cryptocurrency known as Chia may affect the availability and increase prices of other PC components. This time it would affect HDDs and SSDs.

Intel and TSMC Claim Chip Shortage is a Long-term Problem

Jacob Blazewicz, 16 April 2021, 17:02

The problem with shortage of chips and, subsequently, hardware that needs them may drag on for years. That's the grim scenario being drawn by the CEOs of Intel and major semiconductor manufacturer TSMC.

Nvidia Finally Admits RTX 3000 Shortages Will Last Until 2022

Evil96, 14 April 2021, 12:44

Nvidia's CFO Colette Kress says the RTX 3000 shortages will continue until at least the end of 2021. Demand is simply too high compared to supply.

Production of PS5 is Stalled by Lack of Parts for $1

Hubert Sledziewski, 08 April 2021, 20:09

In May, it will be half a year since the launch of PlayStation 5, and the purchase of Sony consoles remains difficult. The blame for the lack of hardware on the shelves turns out to be small chips, the production of which costs only a dollar.

Chip Prices to Increase by 25% Before 2022

Michael Kulakowski, 30 March 2021, 21:03

Taiwan-based company TSMC, a leading global microprocessor manufacturer that works with major tech giants, is said to be gearing up for big price hikes of up to 25 percent on its products.

New Radeons Will Mine Crypto, AMD Follows Nvidia

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 March 2021, 14:41

More clues have emerged about AMD's plans for cryptocurrencies. The company is allegedly preparing new GPU model designed for miners.

AMD's Share in GPU Market Down 9 Percent

Ness, 06 March 2021, 18:41

AMD recorded a drop in GPU market share. At the end of 2019, it stood at 27 percent. A year later, it was just 18 percent.

SSDs Surpass HDDs in Terms of Sales

Bart Swiatek, 17 February 2021, 13:35

Analysts of Trendfocus Inc. presented a report on the SSD and HDD market. The former were more popular than the latter last year.

Will Laptops Share the Fate of PS5 and RTX 3000? Experts Predict Shortages

Bart Swiatek, 12 February 2021, 11:57

Component availability issues related to various industry and global events may result in laptop market shortages and higher laptop prices.

Steam With New Activity Record

Adrian Werner, 08 February 2021, 12:18

Steam just set another activity record. Yesterday, more than 26.4 million users were logged in at the same time.

Chinese Use Laptops With RTX 3000 to Mine Crypto

Paul Musiolik, 07 February 2021, 17:47

Another segment of PC hardware could be affected by cryptocurrency boom. In China, miners have taken to buying up laptops with RTX 3000 cards en masse to mine Ethereum.

Over 100 Unannounced Exclusives Coming to Epic Games Store

Paul Musiolik, 06 February 2021, 17:06

Epic Games is not giving up on paying for featuring exclusive games in the store. Company's representative revealed that there's still more exclusive games in the pipeline that have been featured so far.

Memory Prices Will Increase, DDR3 With 50% Hike in 2021

Bart Swiatek, 04 February 2021, 16:11

Everything seems to indicate that this year we will see a large increase in the prices of DDR3 memory. This is due to declining production linked with, among other things, preparations for the release of the modern DDR5 standard.

AMD With Record Earnings in 2020

Sodar, 27 January 2021, 20:22

AMD reported strong revenue increase in 2020. The emphasis on remote working and the resulting high demand for electronics are the effects of the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

We Know the Reason for GPU Shortages

Paul Musiolik, 21 January 2021, 20:45

Why can't we buy graphics cards? Igor Wallossek, well-known hardware guru, investigated the matter and has reached some interesting conclusions.

Market With Best PC and Laptop Sales in Last 10 Years

Paul Musiolik, 16 January 2021, 23:08

The coronavirus pandemic, forced remote working and the desire to replace aged components have served the PC, laptop and workstation market well. More than 91 million units of hardware devices were sold in the last quarter of 2020.

GeForce RTX 3000 Up to 20% More Expensive

Bart Swiatek, 15 January 2021, 10:42

ZOTAC and EVGA have introduced price increases for RTX 3000 series GPUs. In some cases, the differences reach more than 20%. The reason is the new tariff on components manufactured in China, imposed by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

Crypto Responsible for RTX 3000 and RX 6000 Shortages? Nvidia and AMD Respond

Sodar, 14 January 2021, 18:29

The new GPUs offer much better performance than the previous generation, only unfortunately it's hard to experience that in person. Both the new RTX 3000 and Radeon RX 6000 are hard to find in stores. How do their manufacturers explain this fact?

Global PC Component Prices Are in For an Increase

Adrian Werner, 06 January 2021, 12:33

This year we will pay even more for PC components. The reasons include customs and problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Asus was the first company to introduce price increases.

Windows 7 Remains Popular Even a Year After End of Support

Bart Swiatek, 05 January 2021, 15:18

It's been almost a year since Microsoft finished supporting Windows 7. Despite this, the software is still installed on nearly 20% of PCs.

Crypto Miners May be Responsible for RTX 3000 Shortages

Jacob Blazewicz, 27 November 2020, 19:06

RTX 3000 family GPUs remain unavailable in stores not only because of production problems. According to analyst Mitch Steves, Nvidia sold $175 million worth of chipsets to cryptocurrency miners.

Apple Currently Owns Over 25% of the CPU Market

Bart Swiatek, 05 October 2020, 11:59

Another edition of the usual hardware survey appeared on Steam. It shows that AMD already controls over 25% of the CPU market. The data also indicates stagnation in VR goggle sector.

Nvidia May Soon Add CPUs to Its Offer

Paul Musiolik, 16 September 2020, 12:33

Nvidia, after purchasing the British chipset manufacturer AMR, is thinking about entering the market for data center processors.

How Much Would It Cost to Buy Everything on Steam?

Milosz Szubert, 14 September 2020, 14:10

There is a site that enables us to check how much we would need to spend to buy all the games available on Steam. Currently, the amount is just over $537,000 (nearly $522,000 if discounts are included).

Flight Simulator Will be a Golden Egg-laying Goose for Hardware Companies

Agnes Adamus, 21 August 2020, 22:09

Microsoft Flight Simulator may turn out to be a golden egg-laying goose, not only for its creators but also for PC hardware manufacturers. According to analysts from Jon Peddie Research, in the next three years the game will bring 2.6 billion profits from hardware sales.

Prices of SSDs and RAM May Drop Soon

Bart Swiatek, 18 August 2020, 11:48

The DRAMeXchange website reports that we may soon see a significant drop in prices of RAM and SSDs. The reason for this is that many companies' warehouses are still stocked and the production of new chipsets is more efficient than expected.

Over 3 Billion Inhabitants of Earth are Gamers

Frozen, 15 August 2020, 18:51

According to the latest report of the analytical company DFC Intelligence, gamer represent as much as 40% of the world's population.

The First Top-shelf Gaming GPUs From Intel in 2021

Sodar, 13 August 2020, 14:45

The first Intel GPU based on Xe-HP/HPG chipsets will appear in 2021. Their goal is a demanding gaming market. A new competitor will appear in a space dominated by AMD and Nvidia.

It Takes Only a Week to Make a Diablo Clone These Days

Bart Swiatek, 11 August 2020, 12:30

One youtuber decided to prove that a week's work is enough to create a fully functional diablo clone. It turns out that this is possible provided that we use Unreal Engine and ready tools, models and maps.

Steam - Cheap Shopping Via VPN Will be More Difficult

Sodar, 30 July 2020, 14:38

Steam has changed the payment system. From now on, purchases must be finalized by the local payment method. The move may be part of the fight against buying cheaper games from other regions through VPN.

CEO of Epic Games: Digital Ownership Should be a Universal Notion

DS, 22 July 2020, 15:08

Tim Sweeney, owner of Epic Games, shared his thoughts on digital ownership on Twitter. According to him, they should be universal and accessible to all platforms and stores.

Pandemic Drives the Market; PC Master Race Grows in Strength

Bart Swiatek, 09 July 2020, 17:55

According to Jon Peddie Research analysts, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic has led to a large increase in interest in computer hardware. Sales of all kinds of components are growing dynamically, as is the number of PC players. By the end of the year, the PC components market may be worth nearly $40 billion.

Epic Games Store's Share in PC Game Market is Growing

Bart Swiatek, 02 June 2020, 10:35

Epic Games Store, a digital distribution platform launched by creators of Fortnite, is doing better and better. According to Tim Sweeney, EGS already controls about 15% of the PC game market. The developer also convinces that giving away free games brings measurable benefits not only to players but also developers.

AMD Bests Intel in Many Major Stores

Adrian Werner, 02 May 2020, 17:07

AMD's CEO has boasted that in many major stores, more than 50 percent of available premium CPUs are made by his company. According to The European Hardware Association, gaming enthusiasts also prefer Ryzen's manufacturer.

Intel: New Tiger Lake CPU in Mid-year

Sodar, 24 April 2020, 16:21

Intel remains financially successful despite the crisis. Revenues increased by 23% compared to the same period last year.

New Data Shows Intel's Dominant Position in China

Bart Swiatek, 17 April 2020, 11:07

Data from the Chinese benchmark Master Lu shows a picture of the PC market in China. The Chinese are most likely to use Intel processors and graphics cards from Nvidia.

Huawei Aiming to Enter GPU Market?

Laty, 14 April 2020, 11:58

Huawei is recruiting employees for the new department, whose task will be to build server graphics cards. These may be one of the last elements for China to achieve technological independence.

Gabe Newell Comments on Competition From Epic Game Store

Jacob Blazewicz, 21 March 2020, 17:50

Gabe „Gaben” Newell commented on Steam's competition with Epic Games Store. He said that competition in the digital stores is necessary and beneficial for all, but criticized Apple's style approach and its „faceless bureaucrats” managing App Store.

RAM and SSD Prices May Spike

Laty, 04 February 2020, 16:14

Many PC component price analysts have expressed their concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China. After all, many large companies have their branches in that region of the world, and the virus could hit production and consumer demand.