AMD's Lisa Su says chip supplies will remain 'quite tight' until 2022

AMD's CEO Lisa Su at CES 2020
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An interview with AMD CEO, Lisa Su, on Barron's (opens in new tab), echoes what we've been hearing elsewhere in the industry—the current silicon shortage will continue to impact supply at least until the end of the year. The interview also goes into the effect the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the company as well as touching on AMD's plans after its $35B acquisition of Xilinx.

The standout part of the interview for PC gamers though is to do with those squeezed supply chains. Lisa Su states that over the last 12 months, "demand has far exceeded even our aggressive expectations." 

This is something we've all felt the impact of, with graphics cards essentially being impossible to buy and CPUs being difficult to get your hands on over the holiday period. Although, thankfully you should be able to get your hands on AMD's Ryzen 5000-series CPUs now.

This scarcity of chips is set to continue though, "for this year, it's going to continue to be quite tight." That's probably not something any of us wants to hear, although the AMD CEO did state that the company was, "bringing on more capacity every quarter." 

We have started to see graphics card pricing begin to return to normal levels, with cards in Germany dropping from a high of 304% down to 153% of the MSRP (opens in new tab). That's clearly far too expensive still, but it's a sign that things are moving in the right direction. 

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China has been cracking down on cryptocurrency mining in some provinces too, which has lead to used graphics cards flooding the markets (opens in new tab). Although these are generally sold in bulk, and you'd probably want to show caution around any card that has been slaving away 24/7 for the best part of a year.

Maybe we will see some of AMD's graphics cards out in the wild at reasonable prices in the not too distant future after all. Especially as the latest rumours have its Radeon RX 6600 XT and RX 6600 GPUs expected to launch this August (opens in new tab).

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.