Can’t get a brand new graphics card to your PC? You is likely to be tempted responsible bots, scalpers or cryptocurrency miners for that — however AMD CEO Lisa Su is downplaying the impression of crypto on the 2021 Code Convention at the moment. When requested about how large a deal crypto is for the chipmaker, she informed the viewers that it’s a slightly small a part of AMD’s enterprise, known as it “a reasonably risky house,” and advised that it shouldn’t be a magnet for AMD going ahead both.

That’s not a very shocking stance for a number of causes. First, what upside there was for GPU makers like AMD and Nvidia has drastically shrunk — GPU costs have slowly been dropping amidst China’s cryptocurrency crackdown, which solely received stronger this previous week as China’s central financial institution formally banned cryptocurrency transactions solely. There have been stories of mass GPU sell-offs from mining areas going again months, though costs are nonetheless fairly excessive.

Second, if she have been to publicly say she helps AMD chasing crypto gross sales, that might be a extremely unpopular look in the case of AMD’s hyper-vocal viewers of avid gamers who consider that each sale to a crypto miner is a sale at their expense — and who additionally drive purchases of desktop CPUs and motherboards for AMD.

Su made it very clear in her reply on the Code Convention that avid gamers are high of thoughts: “We are attempting actually onerous to get extra merchandise to avid gamers; I get so many ‘Expensive Lisa, are you able to assist me get a gaming card?’” she stated. AMD already took some flak from avid gamers when it revealed it wouldn’t block mining workloads with its new GPUs, in contrast to Nvidia. “On the finish of the day we’re constructing for form of shopper functions, and that’s the place the main focus is.”

However third, AMD may not have a big sufficient provide of GPUs to tempt miners to start with. Whereas we don’t know what number of current-gen GPUs the corporate has truly shipped, there are numerous indicators that the corporate has offered treasured few of them in comparison with its rival Nvidia.

It’s far rarer to see an AMD GPU in inventory, there are far fewer of them altering arms on websites like eBay, and never even one AMD GPU has damaged into Steam’s {Hardware} Survey, which supplies a tough glimpse at what number of of them have made it into PC avid gamers’ arms. Over 6 p.c of gaming PCs included within the survey have one of many Nvidia 3000-series GPUs, however there isn’t a single latest AMD GPU on the record, which suggests none of them have gathered greater than a 0.15 p.c share of Steam avid gamers. When Su says that crypto is “not a big piece of our enterprise,” it’s potential she additionally implies that new desktop GPUs should not a big piece of AMD’s enterprise. Su did say in Could that AMD was having to prioritize some parts over others, although she didn’t point out GPUs particularly.

Talking of shortages, Su additionally addressed the continued international chip scarcity onstage, reiterating that provides might be “tight” this 12 months and “probably tight” the primary half of subsequent 12 months, however that “it’ll get higher in 2022” as further manufacturing capability comes on-line. “It will get higher subsequent 12 months, not instantly, but it surely’ll progressively get higher as extra crops come up,” she informed the attendees at Code Convention.


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