GPU prices crash, could return to normal in weeks





With GPU prices dropping in global markets in recent weeks at a rate not seen in the past two years, it’s only a matter of time before consumers can finally buy a graphics card at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). .

According to the latest price analysis from 3DCenter, it looks like the GPU market will finally normalize next month or in May.

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Between March 6 and 27, Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 and AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards were 25% more expensive than their MSRP, respectively.

GPU prices are now the lowest in the 14 months since January 2021. Availability levels, meanwhile, have not been affected and thus remain unchanged from last month.

In comparison, for the period between February 13 and March 6, prices for products from the above GPU families were 41% (Nvidia) and 35% (AMD) above MSRP, respectively.

Admittedly, these numbers represent certain European regions, namely Austria and Germany. However, the costs for popular boards in America are also starting to become more affordable. That said, it could be a few more months before US GPU prices reach their MSRP.

A chart analyzing prices for Nvidia and AMD graphics cards in March 2022.
Image source: 3DCenter

Interestingly, this marks the first time since 3DCenter started tracking price changes in the GPU market, where the costs for both Nvidia and AMD cards are precisely aligned.

Due to the difference in demand for Nvidia boards, Team Green’s products have come with higher price tags. Scalpers and third-party sellers took advantage of the cryptocurrency’s popularity and its compatibility with RTX 30 series GPUs by selling them at significantly inflated prices, but that no longer seems to be the case.

Taking a closer look at the specific pricing, as detailed by Wccftech, will give us a better idea of ​​how much certain GPUs cost right now:

  • Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti (7% above MSRP)
  • Nvidia RTX 3090 (17% above MSRP)
  • Nvidia RTX 3050 (22% above MSRP)
  • AMD 6500 XT (now priced at MSRP)
  • AMD 6600 (11% above MSRP)
  • AMD 6600 XT (15% above MSRP)
  • AMD 6900 XT (14% above MSRP)

These prices are certainly reassuring, especially when you consider how hard it was to get them during the height of the GPU shortage, but Wccftech highlights how the 6700 XT is still quite pricey (32% above MSRP), while the 6800 and 6800 XT 50 are % above MSRP.

A sign of things to come

Regardless, with prices dropping across the board, crypto market volatility, and the fact that Ethereum’s proof-of-stake concept will become a reality in the coming months (threatening the ability to mine ETH on Nvidia boards). effectively disabled), it looks like retailers will start selling GPUs at MSRP again in the near future.

That scenario looks set to become a reality next month: We’ve already seen Nvidia board partners cut prices by as much as 35% overnight on popular graphics cards.

The head of PC components at a major UK computer retailer, Box.co.uk, told TechRadar he expects high prices for GPUs to no longer be the norm in May.

“I do expect GPU prices to be close to where the market used to be, as the market boom is now coming to an end. By late April, early May, we should see things return to a more attractive price.”

For a comprehensive overview of the current state of the GPU market documenting pricing for specific GPUs, be sure to check out our recent GPU Pricing and Availability feature.

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