The crypto boom caused a severe spike in PC graphics card prices throughout 2020 and 2021, and prices still aren’t where many users would like them. The current AI craze could have a similar effect as some companies report shortages, but Nvidia says the supply chain is more complex than many assume.
Recent statements from AI companies indicate that the AI boom is increasing the demand for GPUs to the point where some report shortages. Nvidia claims its supply chains haven’t totally failed to meet demand but are encountering minor snags, somewhat allaying fears.
Microsoft, OpenAI, and other companies mention steps they’ve had to take to mitigate shortages in Nvidia H100 and A100 enterprise GPUs, which are used for AI workloads. Microsoft is rate-limiting employees and the CEO of Quora says the hardware shortage is hiding the real potential of AI applications.