Media: Intel, AMD, NVIDIA will raise prices for video cards and processors up to 20% in 2022

The year 2022 started with pretty bad news for users and gamers who we're going to upgrade their PC.

Media: Intel, AMD, NVIDIA will raise prices for video cards and processors up to 20% in 2022
Prices for processors and video cards from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA are expected to rise by up to 20% in 2022.

According to DigiTimes, the big three, which includes AMD, Intel and NVIDIA, are planning to raise prices for their products by up to 20% due to a number of external factors, such as continuing high supply and production costs.

The report says that TSMC has already raised prices for existing 7nm and 5nm process technologies that will be used in several next-generation GPUs and CPUs, such as AMD Ryzen 7000, AMD Ryzen 6000H/U, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 and Intel's ARC Alchemist GPU. In the latter case, Intel relies on a 6-nm process technology, which is a continuation of the N7 technology node, but the price increase will be similar.

AMD will increase the cost of all 7-nm and 5-nm chips produced by TSMC, since TSMC has raised its prices for old and modern technological nodes by 10-20% since this year.

It is reported that earlier this year NVIDIA also paid TSMC advance payments for long-term orders for the 5-nm series of RTX 40 GPUs and may shift part of the increased production costs to customers.

The increase in prices for end-users should compensate for the variables and external factors that have affected the existing chip manufacturing process. And although there is a possibility that the availability of some products will improve by the end of this year, there are no prerequisites for this in the case of prices, and this is what remains the main problem for many now.

AMD has already raised prices for Zen 3 processors based on TSMC's 7nm process technology, but the Risen 7000, using TSMC's 5nm process technology, may rise even more.

Intel's ARC graphics and AMD's new RDNA 2 graphics cards are the only GPUs currently known to use a 6-nm TSMC technology node, so their supply situation may be better, but how things will be with prices is a big question. Judging by the retailers' prices for the Radeon RX 6500 XT, it seems that the 6-nm process will also be affected by problems with the supply of chips, despite the fact that AMD promises to improve supplies and prices for the upcoming card.