In short: Graphics cards in Europe have fallen to their lowest levels since at least January 2021, with Nvidia and AMD products selling between 9% and 14% below the recommended retail price. A number of factors have led us to this point, although the main one was the crypto winter which caused people to leave the mining business and sell their cards.

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We’ve been using 3DCenter data as a price benchmark for graphics cards for some time now. Although he only uses retail selling prices in Germany and Austria, they are still a good indicator of global trends.

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latest results show that average GPU prices in countries have now fallen to their lowest level since 3DCenter started keeping records early last year. The Nvidia RTX 3000 series is now selling 9% below MRSP, while the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series has dropped even further, 14% below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

We have been seeing this trend for a few months currently. The AMD series was the first go down below MSRP in mid-June and the RTX 3000 line shortly thereafter. This is a far cry from May 2021 when Team Green cards were over 200% above MSRP and Radeon RX 6000 cards were more than double MSRP. retail price.

Affordability, once as much of an issue as sky-high prices, also seems to be a thing of the past. The only RTX 3000 card that doesn’t get five stars in this area is the RTX 3090 Ti (four stars). AMD, which has been worse for a long time when it comes to affordability, has A’s and B’s across the board, with the exception of the Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6800 and RX 6400, which each have three stars.

The current situation is in stark contrast to the times of lockdown, when cryptocurrency prices were high, demand was through the roof, and the chip crisis was in full swing. With former miners selling their cards at a discount and a shaky economy making consumers think twice before spending big, Nvidia is sitting on the GPU glut the company has seen. cut Prices and reportedly kill SKU as he hopes to clear supplies before Ada Lovelace arrives.

The dilemma faced by PC owners looking to upgrade is whether to buy now, wait until prices drop even further, or wait until the RTX 4000/Radeon RX 7000 series arrive. Given that Lovelace is rumored to be just as expensive as hungry for powerthe solution is not simple.