No Nvidia 16nm Yield issues; Overwhelming Supply, Excess Demand
The rumour was that TSMC was having trouble producing the 16nm FinFET chips for the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. It seemed like TSMC was responsible for the short of supply but that is not the case as it turns out. There has been overwhelming supply and the Geforce GTX 1080 has been selling better than any high-end card in history. There are no Nvidia 16nm yield issues whatsoever.
The GTX 1080’s cards were launched on the 27th of May and the GTX 1070 on 10th of June. Since then we are seeing that these cards are nowhere to be found. Even the heavily priced Founder’s Edition cards are scarce. Why is this so? The answer is very simple. Both the Nvidia 10 series cards are exceptionally well performing and anyone that is looking to get a $500 GPU will be getting one of these Nvidia 16nm GPUs.
The AMD RX 480 is set for launch today and thought it will not be competing with these Nvidia 16nm GPUs. It will provide competition nonetheless. The Nvidia 16nm GPUs are for the high-end market but the AMD series of GPUs are for low-end to midrange gamers. AMD is targeting the larger market even though the profit margin here will be slimmer no doubt. It is still a bigger chunk of the pie.
Most gamers cannot afford to get a high-end $500 GPU and they will resort to the AMD RX 480 or other cards of the RX 400 series. These cards are both inexpensive and well-performing as compared to their price. The effect these AMD cards will have on the GPU market is inevitable and with the RX 480 coming out today we will see for ourselves which GPU sells out more.
Even though the GTX 1080 and 1070 have done well in terms of sale I still think that team red will do even better.