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When Will GPU Prices Return to Normal: Bots Continue to Scoop Majority of AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs in Europe

Graphics card prices have been falling slowly but steadily over the past few months, with a major drop expected in March. That doesn’t, however, mean that it’s any easier for the average gamer to buy a GPU anywhere close to the MSRP. According to an image posted by a team of scalpers, most of AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 GPUs in Europe are still being scooped up by bots (scripted by them).

As reported a short while back, AMD’s RDNA 2 offerings have a headstart in the race to the normalization of market prices. Graphics card prices in Germany are at the lowest since January. However, 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.

Unfortunately for gamers, there are still plenty of obstacles if you’re in the market for a new graphics card. A Redditor has shared the purchase stats for the Vuurvlieg AMD Companion script, one of the most popular (a menace) bots programmed to buy out AMD Radeon graphics cards whenever they are back in stock.

The latest figures from the bot show that out of the 350 GPUs allocated by AMD for the European market, a considerable 214 were snatched by the Vuurvlieg bot. Furthermore, it was also able to buy pretty much every Radeon RX 6800 XT (overall units available: 50). As for the Radeon

Following the most recent European GPU drop, one Redditor posted a screenshot allegedly posted in a stock tracker Discord chat (as spotted by Tom’s Hardware). The image shows the purchase stats for the Vuurvlieg AMD Companion script, one of many bots designed to snap up video cards whenever they go on sale. The bot in this case was able to buy 214 of the 350 GPUs that AMD allotted for the European market. It managed to buy 44 out of 50 6800 XTs, and 46 out of the 50 available RX 6800s. As for the RX 6700 XT, 124 units were bought by the bot, leaving gamers and ordinary users with just 5. Overall, 214 orders came from bots, with only 15 failing the grasp of these automated buyers.

Via: TomsHardware

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