Why is it important: Graphics card prices are falling again in some European countries, and retail stocks are now better than they have been in the past two years. In other regions, the situation is different, but the general trend is noticeable. Finding a GPU by MSRP is no longer a distant dream, and with a bit of luck, gamers will be able to find current-gen models at a reasonable price.
We’ve seen a positive trend over the past few months when it comes to both pricing and availability of new and used graphics cards. After two crazy years of speculators and miners pushing prices into the stratosphere, we are approaching MSRP and you can now find most of the Nvidia RTX 3000 and AMD RX 6000 series graphics cards in stock at major retailers.
However, as our own Tim Schisser points out in his monthly pricing and GPU availability. analysisit’s hard to ignore the fact that we’re only seeing more reasonable prices now as Nvidia and AMD prepare to launch a new generation of GPUs.
If the last rumors however, these new cards will provide a significant jump in performance over the current culture. This makes it harder for gamers to decide between waiting another six months or priced at MSRP levels for GPUs that are over a year and a half old. On the other hand, next-gen cards may well have higher MSRPs, and Nvidia is pretty much confirmed she will be releasing Ampere cards for some time to come.
Meanwhile 3DCenter reports that GPU prices in Europe have continued to decline over the past few weeks. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series is still more expensive than Team Red offerings, but can now be found at around 14 percent above the suggested retail price. The AMD RX 6000 series averages about seven percent above the suggested retail price. Some models, such as the RX 6500 XT and RX 6600, can be found as low as 11 percent below the suggested retail price.
The bad news is that Ethereum’s transition to Proof-of-Stake was delayed again, and now GPU miners can bypass hash rate limiter on many Nvidia RTX 3000 LHR series cards. There is a glimmer of hope that the Ethereum price drop may discourage miners from buying more Ampere cards, and mining profitability has been declining for months.
In general, the GPU market is becoming more and more convenient for gamers every month, and that’s a good thing. AMD is close to launching its updated RDNA 2 mapsand Intel is preparing to attack the budget and mass segments with Ark the Alchemist. We’ll have to wait and see if this affects GPU prices in general, but given Intel’s silence on this, we don’t expect any major improvements.
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