After years of supply shortages, rising demand and rising costs, PC builders can now rejoice. Following the recent crypto crash which has left the market in shambles, graphics card prices are finally dropping to more affordable levels. Nature is, as they say, healer.
According to a report by Digital Trends, the prices of the two AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards are in decline, with newer cards becoming significantly cheaper. NVIDIA’s RTX 3090Ti, for example, is now 16% below MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price), while AMD‘s RX 6950 XT is down 4% below MSRP.
By comparison, NVIDIA’s low-end GPUs are still suffering from inflation. The RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti sit more than 10% above their predicted prices, but AMD’s equivalents are apparently unaffected, with the RX6600 and RX 6600 XT falling 20% and 7% below, respectively. MSRP.
This latest analysis also notes that the price of an AMD graphics card is, on average, 8% below MSRP, unlike its NVIDIA counterparts, which are each about 2% above their predicted prices. While these prices vary from market to market, the downward trend certainly marks an overall improvement – and what a huge one it has been.
The price of some of NVIDIA’s best GPUs peaked at around 300% of MSRP in May 2021, and it was predicted earlier this year that it will continue to rise throughout 2022. AMD cards have also been subject to skyrocketing costs last year, hitting a peak of more than 200%.
The drop in prices, as mentioned earlier, can be attributed to the current cryptocurrency crash, but supply chain improvements also play a role. Having grown accustomed to GPU shortages, this feels like a dream come true, and it’s coming at an opportune time – AMD and NVIDIA are set to release the next generations of graphics cards later this year, so we might see prices for the RDNA2 and RTX 3000 line continue to drop.
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