The year 2022 is off to a poor start for fans and users of high-performance CPUs and GPUs, since the big three, AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA, are intending to raise the pricing of their processors by up to 20%.
According to a recent report, the major three, AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA, are preparing to boost the prices of their CPUs by much to 20% because of many external reasons such as continuous rising shipping and Foundry expenses. These will have an impact not only on GPU prices but also on CPU prices.
TSMC has already raised prices for its existing 7nm and 5nm process technologies, which will power numerous next-generation GPUs and CPUs, including AMD Ryzen 7000, AMD Ryzen 6000H/U, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40, and Intel’s ARC Alchemist GPUs. TSMC’s 6nm process, which is an expansion of the N7 process node, will be used by Intel, and the price increase will be similar.
Because TSMC has increased its quotations for mature and advanced process nodes by 10-20% this year, AMD will increase its quotations for all 7nm and 5nm chips made at TSMC.
According to reports, NV has paid TSMC upfront payments for long-term orders for the 5nm RTX 40 GPU series and may pass on part of the high manufacturing costs to customers starting this year.
The price increase will compensate for the effects of these variables and external factors on the current chip manufacturing process. While there’s a chance that availability for several of these product lines may improve by the end of 2022, there’s no guarantee that costs will improve, which is the main issue for many right now.
The only consumer devices we know of that use TSMC’s 6nm production nodes are Intel’s ARC GPUs and AMD’s RDNA 2 updated GPUs, so they may have improved supply, but pricing is a huge question.