Friday, 18 November 2011 13:53

Graphics card makers concerned about HDD shortage

Written by Fuad Abazovic

As well as 28nm delays

The fourth quarter of 2011 has some six weeks left in it and after that we are starting a new, and hopefully more eventful year. In early 2012 we expect to see the Thailand floods and resulting HDD shortage gone, new 28nm graphics and mobile chips are on the way, a slew of Android 4.0 products are in the works, along with Ivy Bridge and a whole lot of other goodies.

However, all is not well in the tech world. Graphics card manufacturers really like Battlefiled 3, Call of Duty 3, Modern Warfare 3 and the soon to come (Nov 25th) Batman: Arkham City. They claim that these titles boosted PC graphics card sales a lot, but at the same time both AMD and Nvidia partners are disappointed that 28nm graphics only come in early 2012 and not in time for the holiday season as expected a few months ago.

Graphics card makers tell us that the HDD shortage has already upset the rest of the upgrade market, and they expect to be affected by it, at least slightly. Most PC DIY guys who waited to upgrade their machines tend to swap hard drives quite often, but once again, since 28nm graphics are delayed, a lot of them are now stuck waiting for new Radeon HD 7000 and Geforce 600 series to do the final upgrade.

In its fiscal Q3 2012 conference call Nvidia said that it doesn’t expect Thailand flood to affect results in Q4 of Q1 2012. Big manufactures might have enough of HDD drives, as they tend to buy a bunch of them in advance, to prevent shortages and get better prices. However, the retail/upgrade market is another story altogether. In the end quite a few consumers will be forced to hold off their upgrades until hard drives get a bit cheaper. Mind you, we are talking about enthusiasts and many of them are in the market for very large hard drives, even a couple of drives for RAID setups.
Again, the HDD will really do well for SSD manufacturers as many power users will buy their first SSD drive now, considering that $120 or €120 roughly gets you a speedy 120 GB SSD. Once consumers feel the performance boost, consumers will probably buy a 2TB or 3TB hard drive for storage and rely on their new SSD as the primary system drive. Yes, SSD’s are that much better, but it is one of those “you have to see it to believe it” things. So while hard drive makers are struggling to restore output to pre-flood levels and meet demand, the disaster might play into the hands of SSD makers by practically forcing quite a few people to try out SSDs. Trust us, they won’t got back to mechanical drives once they do.

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Thai floods to hurt PC sales in Q1 2012

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0 #1 noel1993 2011-11-18 17:54
jizzzas, I wanna live where You live. $120 for speedy SSD? Here in Poland, not only wages are 4xlower than UK, but as I've just checked, cheapest, not-that-speedy 120GB SSD goes for $133 before, $164 after taxes + shipping. And as I assume since it'a relatively small market, with few wholesalers, it's easier for those maggots, salesmen to rig prices and in effect price on a 1TB went up nothing less than 2,5 times. About the cards, I personally not buying nothing, until I see GTX460 equivalent for under $120 (before taxes). My 8800GT is old, but kicking.
0 #2 godrilla 2011-11-18 18:22
Fyi most high end gpus are sold out too, just look at EVGA's gpu product list the only gpus available ones are vanilla everything minus gtx 590s.
I'm hoping black Friday/cyber Monday brings great prices for ssds (m4 256gig for $256 or less ) fingers crossed.
-1 #3 karlsbad 2011-11-18 22:17
A graphic card upgrade is only second to adding more RAM in difficulty, which is to say it is not in the least hard. The real hiccup I'd think would be for punters who are looking to buy a complete system.
-1 #4 karlsbad 2011-11-18 22:17
I just finished creating a Do-It-Yourself Hybrid array using an HDD paired with an SDD for use in a BTX motherboard with only SATA2 ports.
-1 #5 karlsbad 2011-11-18 22:18
The Marvell controller card allows using an SSD (in my case, 256GB) as a Hyperduo springboard from a mirrored HDD in SAFE mode (- no worries if the SSD wears out in 5/6 years - you can just rebuild it, or use the Mirrored HDD alone as the OS startup drive. This card does everything for you...
-1 #6 karlsbad 2011-11-18 22:19
So far so good, and let me say that True Image Home 2012 is great software for clones and backups. Now the C: drive went from 300GB to 600GB - the size of the HDD.

Koutech IO-PESA234 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Dual Channel Controller Card w/ HybridDrive Support.

It is only 5 GB/s in a x1 PCIe slot
, but hey? the CPU slot is LGA 775 ICH10D0 and nobody can really afford a RevoDrive that large enough and then if you have the x4 or x2 slot on your motherboard too.
-2 #7 karlsbad 2011-11-18 22:20
The only thing left to do is WAIT AGAIN for a single-slot AMD Tahiti! Radeon HD 7950!!! and its very large die and 384-bit wide memory bus interface and high VRAM clocks and PCI 3.0.

Wait now, that would work wouldn't it?

I mean, it is not as like I have any option to go to another motherboard or case or network MAC.
0 #8 Silentwalker 2011-11-19 02:35
Wish I could get a drive for that cheep in australia, 120gb ssd's here go for around $190 AUD... Should just buy one from America for 164, be even cheeper when you convert the price.

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