The current generation of RTX Ampere and RDNA 2 GPUs from Nvidia and AMD have been able to fetch some pretty staggering prices. But everything seems to be starting to stabilize and even go down. Explanations.
Obviously with the semiconductor crisis, one might be tempted to point the finger at Nvidia and AMD for the rising GPU price market, but according to analyst Jon Peddie, it is mainly distributors and retailers who have increased prices at unaffordable levels.
And that’s without mentioning the sometimes very abusive use of miners, who have shamelessly reduced the stocks of graphics cards.
The good news for AMD and Nvidia cards
But the good news is that 3DCenter’s latest report on European GPU prices indicates that they are approaching MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price). The publication indeed traces price and availability trends for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards since the start of 2021. And as you can see, the curve has a course that is a pleasure to see for us, humble buyers and simple players.
So and as you can see from the graph above, Nvidia RTX 3000 cards now have an average price of 6% above manufacturer suggested price points, while AMD’s RX 6000 series is closing in at just 2% above MSRP.
In detail, for Nvidia, we can learn without surprise that the only Nvidia GPU to be slightly below the MSRP is the GeForce RTX 3090. The very high-end and very expensive model of the greens. Other high-end models like the RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti or even RTX 3070/3070 Ti can be found for 5-12% above MSRP. Which is still a bit too much, of course.
Now it remains to be seen what this will give with the arrival of the new generation of RTX 4000 cards. It is better to be attentive.