Nvidia releasing old GPU’s stock to cope with global chip shortage

Nvidia releasing old GPU's
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According to PCWorld, Nvidia releasing old GPU’s stock, that are GTX 1050 Ti, and RTX 2060 GPUs to its board partners. To deal with the global shortage of chips and sky-high prices of its latest 30-series cards. Right now people are having a hard time with getting graphic cards, not only the new ones but also any modern graphics cards at all.

There’s been a global shortage of chips which impacting everything from laptops to trucks. Also, some chipmakers informed that the industry is even having trouble designing chips that are not state of the art. Hopefully, Nvidia releasing old Gpu’s stock will help in bringing the prices down, especially when there is a hard time getting new graphic cards anytime soon. It also depends on how many of the older chips that Nvidia intends to produce.

Regarding this issue, President Biden pledged to do something about it, But it’s hard to say how effective that will be. One of the things that would be helpful is taking a look at the 25 percent tariff that former President Trump put on graphics cards.

Here are the details of Nvidia releasing old GPU’s Stock

The Nvidia planning to release stock of GTX 1050 Ti and RTX 2060 GPU’s. In that, the RTX 2060 GPU debuted in Jan 2019 for $350. It features Nvidia’s ray tracing and DLSS ambitions but it designed using an older 12nm TSMC manufacturing process instead of newly in-demand current nodes. Whereas Nvidia’s RTX 30-series GPU’s designed on Samsung 8nm, while shortages for AMD products and next-gen consoles originate from a TSMC’s 7nm node.

Increasing the production of this GPU will put more relatively current graphic cards with modern features on the streets. And designing hardware with well-established manufacturing nodes will be much cheaper than building GPU’s on a cutting-edge process.

Nvidia releasing old GPU’s stock in that the other one is Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti. It launched all the way back in 2016 for $140. It old-fashioned but this humble GPU remains the second most popular graphics card on the stem. And expanding it again will give some key strategic advantage over the current situation. Especially it comes with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

Using 4GB of GDDR memory will be an advantage

For some period, rumors are suggesting that there is a shortage of the GDDR6 memory used with modern GPU’S. If that is true then rolling out the GDDR5 equipped 1050 Ti again lets Nvidia build affordable hardware. Without tapping into its GDDR6 reserves.

However, The 75W card can slip into any computer’s PCIe slot and without any requirement for extra power connectors. The GTX 1050 Ti is an easy and affordable upgrade for newfound PC gamers.

Present GPU’S are not at all affordable

While Nvidia releasing old GPU’s stock, these GPU’s were affordable when they first launched. But they’re certainly not right now. The GTX 1050 Ti present available on Newegg and Amazon. However, Newegg had only one model in stock, and some third party sellers were asking for very high prices than usual.

Similarly the RTX 2060’s prices also very high. Newegg currently doesn’t have any stock of these GPUs. But other third-party sellers do have the stock and they are not at all affordable.

And notwithstanding Nvidia’s statement that these two GPU’S were never officially sent out, so make no mistake. The GTX 1050 Ti has been replaced by the GTX 1650. And retailers informed the Tech Yes City that ” it feels like nearly two years ago since they last saw the stock of the Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti.

Reasons why Nvidia releasing old GPU’s stock

There are several factors contributing to the current shortage of chips. Such as a Sudden rise in the demand for consumer electronic products like laptops because of the changes in lifestyle with the COVID-19 crisis. Another reason could be the slowdown in chip production also due to the COVID-19 crisis. Along with these, a business model in the semiconductor industry, where most companies outsource chip production to firms like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Instead of designing the part themselves.

Also the lingering effects from former President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Which made it difficult for US companies to do business with Chinese Chip producers. As result companies like Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD have all faced shortages in recent weeks. With effects ranging from part shortages for iPhone to the incredibly hard-to-find nature of the Playstation 5. Also AMD’s newest CPUs and GPUs.

However, In the current situation and lifestyle, a shortage of semiconductor chips will impact not only traditional tech industries but also a wide of other industries. Also, many automotive companies include Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, and Toyota. All have forced to suspend their production of vehicles over the past several months.

Recently Ford also announced that it will be pausing manufacturing on its most lucrative F-150 trucks, earlier this month because of the shortages of chips.

Other details

Nvidia releasing old GPU’s Stock will make us wonder whether we will see budget-minded next-gen graphic cards anytime soon though. Right now Nvidia is selling every high margin RTX 30 series GPU that Nvidia can manufacture. If classic graphic cards are holding down the entry-level market to some degree at least. It makes sense to focus on products that will generate max money.

By all this, we can say that it is best to keep an eye on for the prices to go down of the GTX Ti and RTX 2060. And only grab one of them if you really have a requirement. Otherwise, it’s best to wait for the 30-series to become available again.


As per the PCWorld reports, Nvidia releasing old GPU’s stock to cope with the current global shortage of graphic cards. The old GPU’s include GTX 1050 Ti and RTX 2060 GPU’s. Present people are having a hard time getting their hands on not only new cards but also on any modern graphic cards. These GPUs are affordable when they are launched, but right now certainly they are not.