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When Will GPU Prices Return to Normal? AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 Cards Have a Headstart

The graphics card market has been an absolute mess over the past couple of years. Shortages, cryptomining, scalping, and price hikes have turned it into an ugly monstrosity where even the entry-level GPUs are priced as much as flagship offerings. The prices of the top-end NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards are roughly 50% over the marketed MSRP, with some SKUs even pushing 100%. Going by recent trends though, things are getting better and it’ll only be a matter of time before GPU prices return to normal.

Source: 3DCenter

Data compiled by 3DCenter indicates that graphics card prices in Germany are at the lowest since January. Only except this time, there’s plenty of stock, and shortages have mostly subsided. The market prices are still around 50% over the MSRPs though. AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards have a clear price advantage over the rival GeForce RTX 30 series lineup. The former is priced 145% over the MSRP while NVIDIA’s Ampere offerings are 157% pricier than the official prices. Let’s have a look at the Radeon RX 6000 prices on Amazon US.

The Radeon RX 6900 XT (MSRP: $999), 6800 XT (MSRP: $649), 6700 XT (MSRP: $479), and the 6600 XT (MSRP: $329) can be had for roughly $1,600, $1,500, $900, and $600, respectively. That’s a 50% uplift over the MSRP for the Navi 21 SKUs and a close to doubling of market value for the Navi 22 and 23 parts. The Radeon RX 6900 XT and 6800 XT have hit their cheapest prices in over a year while the budget parts have been fluctuating quite a bit. NVIDIA’s prices are much worse. Check out the price trends of the GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs below:

The GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 have fallen in prices over the last few months, but they’re still far from their MSRPs. The GeForce RTX 3090 is going for nearly $2,600 (MSRP: $1,500) while the RTX 3080 is being sold for $1,500 (MSRP: $699) on average. These prices are roughly the same as the Radeon RX 6900 XT and the 6800 XT. Down the stack, we have the RTX 3070 Ti and 3060 Ti selling for a bit over $1,100 and $800, respectively. These are both priced a fair bit over the Radeon RX 6700 XT, and the RX 6600 XT, their direct competitors which also explains why AMD’s overall prices are lower than NVIDIA’s.

Well, that’s that. I’ll close this one with the same thing I said last time. The launch of AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 and NVIDIA’s RTX 40 series is slated for the latter half of 2022. By then, GPU prices should be more or less back to normal. Even if they aren’t, the next-gen offerings will be there to set things straight.

Areej

Computer hardware enthusiast, engineering dropout, and PC gamer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.
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