In the early January, it was advised that it was a bad time to purchase a graphics card- not that one actually could do so at most retail outlets, but also when one could find the GPU he/she wanted, the prices were double or even more than the original launch prices. The brief summary is that cryptocurrencies had a huge spike in valuation in the latter half of the year 2017, the profits from mining shot up, and everything from the lowly RX 560 and the GTX 1050 through the extreme performance GTX 1080 Ti and RX Vega 64 was sold out.
Everyone has experienced the pain of the shortage of graphics card for the last three months, but finally, that pain is coming to an end. Over the last week, it has been witnessed the stock of Founders Edition GPUs at Nvidia.com arrive and go a few times, selling at the official MSRP. The custom cards are even showing up, with the factory overclocked models going for a small price premium over the stock models. Everyone has seen the EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW for 510 dollars and the RX 580 4GB for 520 dollars.
Now the question is if this is the correct time to purchase a graphics card. The answer is, a resounding maybe. Firstly, the consumers require being in the market for a new GPU that implies they are either building a new PC or upgrading. If anyone is in the latter camp, they need to make sure that they are upgrading out of a requirement, or at least a strong desire. Even the most recent games are playable on pretty modest graphics cards—and while the users may miss out on some eye candy playing at a low quality, medium quality and above all look good in the majority of the games. 30fps may not be as buttery smooth as 60fps or higher, but it still is playable.
It is not advisable to wait as newer parts are just around the corner. All the indications are that Nvidia would launch its next-generation graphics architecture prior to the end of the current year. The Pascal architecture, which powers all the 10-series GPUs now is two years old, and historically every new architecture enhances performance by about 30-50 percent. The best guess right now is that the new GPUs show up around the month of August, perhaps in the month of July at the earliest, or in the month of October at the latest. If any consumer has got a card that already works well enough for their needs, holding out for the next generation to arrive always is a sound advice.
If any consumer is building a new PC, the advice changes. A new PC without a graphics card is not a gaming PC, or at least is not a very potent one, and when the consumers are ready to build a rig they must probably just get started. The AMD’s second-gen Ryzen CPUs just launched, along with the X470 motherboards, and Intel just completed filling out its lineup of the Coffee Lake processors and the 300-series chipsets. Additional new CPUs are expected later in the current year, perhaps even an 8-core Coffee Lake and Z390 motherboards may show up in the month of June.