Corsair expects graphics card offer to improve rather sharply and prices likely to fall below MSRP. I know it sounds too good to be true after over a year of shortages and rising prices, but we are starting to see things improve. As a company that makes computers and sells components, Corsair probably has a decent idea of what goes on behind the scenes.
“In the first quarter, GPUs, which are the most expensive product on a gaming PC, still had a high premium, about 150% of MSRP, and even with this premium, we saw gaming PC manufacturing activity slightly higher. from pre-pandemic and pre-pandem levels, “said Andy Paul, CEO of the company, in a profit statement.
“We expect GPUs to return to MSRP in the near future, perhaps at a discount below MSRP. in the 2nd half of 22 and in 2023. We see a similar positive trend with the peripherals “.
Not all the catastrophe and disaster for computer manufacturing in 2022. But I think we are beginning to realize it. At the risk of looking overly optimistic when the supply is anything but stable, we’ve noticed that graphics cards are starting to return to what you might consider “normal” levels recently. Not everything is there yet, but the AMD RX 6900 XT is available under its MSRP at $ 949 at Newegg and most cards are at least a lot cheaper than a year ago, if not at MSRP or lower.
My fingers and toes are crossed for a quick drop in price. If they do, the computer market will really be in a very good position — what a reversal it would be. Really only the lack of GPU has made building a computer so nightmare lately. We have an excellent selection of CPU, SSD and RAM to choose from in 2022.
Although I must say that not everyone believes that we have completely escaped from the forest. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger still believes that things will be tight for the chip market by 2024, which is a little later than he expected. As one of the world’s largest chipmakers, Intel has its finger on the pulse. Although it must be said that the effects of the wider limited supply may not have as acute an effect on the GPU supply as it has so far. Other factors fueled the lack of GPUs: demand for cryptocurrencies, gradual product ramps for the latest chips, and inadequate bot protection.
I choose to remain cautiously optimistic, anyway.
As for Corsair, it looks quite optimistic for its own coming year. He says the first months of 2022 fell to $ 380.7 million from last year, but says it is still above pre-pandemic sales.