Congress could stop Grinch bots from snatching RTX 4000 GPUs next Christmas

2021 is coming to an end and it looks like graphics card shortages may continue into the new year. While the TSMC Alliance is apparently trying to solve production problems, resellers and inventory snapping algorithms are also contributing to the situation. Fortunately, this changing practice has not gone unnoticed, and Congress is trying to implement a bill to stop “Grinch bots” in their tracks, which could help sustain future Nvidia RTX 4000 series.

According to a recent press release, the “Stopping Grinch Bots Act” aims to tackle “online algorithms that store in-demand toys and goods”. Although the bill does not explicitly mention gaming PC components, it will apply to all online store facades, including graphics card and CPU retailers.

It is worth noting that despite the support of three non-profit consumer groups, the Stopping Grinch Bots Act in 2018 and 2019 failed to advance in Congress. The finer details of the preventive action also still need to be elaborated, but it will ban the use of automated bots and storefront scraping algorithms under the Federal Trade Commission Act if passed.

Reseller practice is only one piece in the GPU shortage puzzle, so even if the new bill is approved, component stocks may remain scarce. In addition, both Intel and Nvidia say supply and demand problems may continue until 2023, suggesting that manufacturing is more of an issue than fair retail distribution.

That said, 2022 may be plenty of graphics card options, as rumors claim that Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPU update will arrive in January, followed by a new RTX 4000 Lovelace series shortly after. Intel’s Arc Alchemist desktop graphics solution may also appear next year, but whether any of the new products will be readily available or not is still unknown.

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