AMD Radeon RX 6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series of Graphics Cards Supply Issues Partially Due To GDDR6 Memory Shortage?

AMD as well as NVIDIA’s latest graphics card are extremely difficult to purchase. Apparently, the exceptional scarcity can be partially attributed to the GDDR6 memory shortage. Multiple reports, however, are pointing to different components that are hampering production and supply of AMD Radeon RX 6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series of Graphics Cards.

A new report that deals with the Global Add-in-Board (AIB) partners of both AMD and NVIDIA, claims the manufacturers are facing a shortage of GDDR6 memory modules. These latest memory modules are embedded onto the RDNA 2-based and Ampere-based graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA respectively.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series Supply Not to Improve Until February?

According to a new report, NVIDIA and AMD have trouble keeping up with the demand for its new graphics cards. Moreover, the issues with the supply-chain for the GDDR6 memory modules could till at least February 2021. In other words, buyers intending to purchase AMD Radeon RX 6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series of Graphics Cards will have to be patient at least till February 2021.

Incidentally, AMD hasn’t offered any official explanation about the extreme shortage of its latest Big Navi, Navi 2x, or RDNA 2-based graphics cards. NVIDIA, on the other hand, has repeatedly indicated that global shortages of wafers, substrates, and components are affecting the availability of the Ampere graphics cards.

Neither AMD nor NVIDIA has ever mentioned the memory supply problem before. Nonetheless, there are a few issues with GDDR6 memory modules and their production. The problems aren’t pressing for entry-level graphics cards with lesser memory configurations. However, starting this year, AMD and NVIDIA have started to embed large quantities of VRAM modules on their graphics cards.

Industry practice involves a bulk deal of GPU Cores and VRAM modules together. Needless to mention, buying these together ensures optimum prices and assured production schedules. Hence, the limited stock and production issues with GDDR6 VRAM memory modules are impacting the GPU supply as well.

Top-End Graphics Cards With GDDR6X VRAM Memory Won’t Have Supply Issues?

The supply issues with GDDR6 is likely to affect AMD’s new Big Navi or RDNA 2-based graphics cards more than the NVIDIA Ampere-based SKUs. This is because the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 models do not use GDDR6. Instead, these models have GDDR6X memory modules. However, the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti do have the GDDR6 memory modules, and hence, their supply will be affected.

Coming to AMD, its entire range of Big Navi based graphics cards use GDDR6 memory modules. Simply put, this means the entire AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series of Graphics Card are expected to remain in short supply, at least till February.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.