Asus suggests Nvidia graphics card supply problems are down to low GPU yields

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Asus has stated in a recent Investor Conference call (via Tom’s Hardware) that the reason it hasn’t sold as many graphics cards in the first three months of the year is down to a drop in supply from Nvidia. Not only does this means the current shortage of Nvidia’s 30-series GPUs isn’t about to get better any time soon, but the increased graphics card pricing we’re seeing is likely to continue.

Nvidia itself has only talked about component shortages, so Asus saying, “Our guess is that the gap might have been caused by lower yields upstream [potentially indicating Nvidia’s own production at Samsung]”, is surprising. The yield here refers to the number of working GPUs per wafer. If the Asus claim is true, it suggests that all is not well with Nvidia’s decision to use Samsung’s 8N manufacturing for its Ampere GPUs. 

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