GPUs are going in the wrong direction
Recently, The Verge published a commentary article, saying that the GPUs of the two companies are expanding in a way that has never been seen before, which is more serious than inflation itself. The huge size and high price have never been seen in the past ten years. It believes this phenomenon is abnormal, saying that “GPUs are headed in the wrong direction.”
Avid enthusiasts may be willing to pay a premium for top-of-the-line graphics cards, but the RTX 4080 and RX 7900 XT aren’t the top models in their respective product lines. In addition to the price, the volume of the new graphics card is also expanding, which is 30% to 60% larger than before, and even three-slot thickness graphics cards have become the norm. It also sets a bad precedent if the high pricing is meant to drain the inventory of previous-generation GPUs.
The supply shortages that have occurred over the past two years have shown that there are gamers who are willing to pay any price for the latest and greatest graphics cards, and there are those who are willing to pay for more bulky graphics cards. However, if this kind of expansion permeates the entire graphics card product line, it will definitely annoy many players. For example, the affordable small-form-factor PCs that many players have pursued in the past ten years may become unfeasible in two years.