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Drought as a reason for shortages and price hikes for microchips? Reminds me of the price fixing shenanigans with RAM a few years back where all the producers had weird 'problems' simultaneously. TSMC is definitely in the price gouging phase of market dominance, and probably will be until Apple buys GloFo or something.

Samsung have zero Taiwan fabs and even the assemblers/ AIBs based in RoC actually assemble almost everything in PRC, so it shouldn't be a problem for nVidia anyway. AMD's problem is still MSony having coordinated their console releases and taking up 80% of their fab space. Fundamentally of course the problem is that inflated prices benefit everyone in the production chain, so long as they're being bought at the end still. I'd expect a lot more odd explanations of price rises until someone decides to look at price fixing. Whereupon, miraculously, the problems will clear up.

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nVidia's ARM acquisition may be in trouble after Her Majesty's Government announces a Public Interest Intervention on national security grounds.

May be genuine, though the grounds seems a bit odd with nVidia being a US company; or it may just be the political equivalent of "nice little business deal you've got there, would be a shame if someone stopped it..." and the UK wanting to leverage some guarantees about employment and investment.

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Pressure from my Genshin Impact daughter and her upcoming birthday, means I am now in the market for a GPU, preferably a 3080. Last week, I subscribed myself to a European PC hardware store, and I got a message today the cards I'm looking for would be available today at 1400. Unfortunately I only noticed that at 1410, which was way too late. Their website was already buckling under the weight of a bunch of nerds frantically clicking refresh. In any case, the 3080 was already gone, but a few 3070s appear to still be available. Unfortunately, I can't even login.

 

Well, as I wrote that, the site came back online and, obviously, even the 3070s are gone. Let's see if I'm on my toes next time.

 

By the way, no, my daughter ain't getting a 3080 for her birthday. She'd get my current 980 ti and some sort of budgety ryzen system which she scoped out herself, which is already an unbelievable luxury by my standards. To play at 1080p too. What is she running right now? my old q6600 with a GTX 580. Oh, yes, some nice classical gaming. It was fine for Minecraft but, for some mystical reason, she is complaining about hitches in a 2020 game. What could the problem be?

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There's priorities, I truly admire anyone who can make do on rusty hardware.

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47 minutes ago, Sarex said:

You monster. 😄

She's the one who doesn't want to play Witcher 2 and Call of Pripyat. I'm sure she'd enjoy Alpha Protocol too.

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2 hours ago, ComradeYellow said:

There's priorities, I truly admire anyone who can make do on rusty hardware.

Honestly, I really appreciate not having a cutting edge PC growing up. If I had, I would never use DOSBox, nor discovered some real classics. I gave a try to UFO: Enemy Unknown, Pirates!, Another World, Flashback, Deus Ex, Thief1&2, Systemshock2, and much much more purely out of necessity. 

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Today at 14:00, the shop opened for a 3070. I was there on time. clicking "Buy" 0 seconds in. Gateway timeout immediately.

 

Edit: 5 minutes later the cards are gone.

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2 hours ago, Pidesco said:

Today at 14:00, the shop opened for a 3070. I was there on time. clicking "Buy" 0 seconds in. Gateway timeout immediately.

 

Edit: 5 minutes later the cards are gone.

Oi, @Pidesco

You really need to check your PM's. Liek nau 😂

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that 3080ti still feels tasty (if you don't already have a 3080 of course), although it would've been even tastier if it was $1000 instead of $1200 (or, I bet, $1400+ for EVGA ftw) ... and if one could get one near that list price any time before 2023.

Only 1 more vram than my 2080ti tho, and a lot more power consumption at gaming load.

...I'll just have to console any jealous feelings with the idea that the 40xx or 50xx will even that much better for my (hopefully native/no DLSS needed) 4k/60 gaming one day. 

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Yeah I don't think I've ever seen such wide variable in pricing in such a narrow degree of performance difference in GPU history.

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Atleast nVidia didn't have the gall to charge 50% extra for the 2080 Super 😂

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From what I saw, the 3080 might average 10-12fps more for a lot of 4k gaming over what I have (which is why it was seen as a "great deal" for the original $700(?)retail price).  The 3080ti being maybe 5-10% better than that, for that much more, is rather absurd.  At least the 2080ti was something more like 25-30% more than the 2080, I think? Correct me if I'm way off. At any rate don't know why a gamer would want to replace a 3080 with the ti version like I see some scrambling to try and do, but many people are rarely logical. Or they're all scalpers.  >.>  

I'm just sitting around praying my 2080ti won't randomly break for at least a few more years - the longer the better ofc. I guess I still have the 980ti in my old rig if I get desperate but...

 

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