As chip shortages drag into the second quarter of the year, prices of graphics cards have continued to increase despite foundries increasing their manufacturing capacity. Boosted by the WFH/PFH lifestyle and demand from miners, most board partners are predicting increased demand for the rest of the year, with a respite in the latter half of 2022. In this post, we have a look at the prices of processors (CPUs and GPUs) in Europe over the last several months:
Starting with the mid-range, we have NVIDIA’s GTX 16 series lineup, with the GTX 1650 and 1650 Super selling for marginally higher prices than the SEP. Similarly, the GTX 1660 lineup is also a bit over the MSRP, but nothing too shocking. You can expect to find these non-RTX Turing parts €20-50 higher than the SEP, with certain retailers still selling them at the MSRP, or very close to it.
Here’s where things start to get ugly. The RTX 2060 which was launched for $349 (and was still priced more or less the same late last year in December), is now going for well over €500. The newer Ampere-based RTX 3060 which was launched at under €300, is priced at €420, a steady increase over last month’s average price of €340. The GeForce RTX 3070 has also seen regular increases in the market price, going from €550 at the end of 2020 to close to €800 this month. The RTX 3080 and 3090 are currently priced at nearly €1,000 and €2,000, a notable increase over last year’s €799 and €1,699, respectively.
AMD’s cards have been nearly impossible to find, even at inflated prices. TThe few listings that you’ll find here and there will be way over the top, with the RX 6900 XT priced at over €1,300 and the RX 6800 XT hovering above the €800 mark, a fairly large increase over their respective MSRPs. While these prices may not seem as bad as their Ampere competitors’, the truth of the matter is that there are too few units on the market and it’s the lack of supply that has kept the price in check rather than strict regulation by AMD.
Things are much more stable in the CPU market, with most of the Ryzen 5000 and Intel Rocket Lake SKUs selling close to the retail prices. On Intel’s side, all the newly launched 11th Gen CPUs are available at the MSRP and in some cases even lower. This can be largely attributed to the in-house foundries that the chipmaker is known for. For AMD, things are a bit dicey on the high-end, with the Ryzen 9 parts being a bit scarce. Although we’ve been seeing regular shipments, they generally don’t last for long and the price keeps going over the SEP.
The Ryzen 5 5600X and 5800X have been selling at the stipulated prices across most regions, with consistent re-stocks over the last several months. The former is often priced a bit higher due to increased demand, but it’s not hard to get hold of at the MSRP.
Credits for the table: CowCotLand