The previous few years have seen a large rise in GPU costs due to market demand and chip shortages. Avid gamers have been particularly onerous hit due to crypto miners including further stress on these onerous working playing cards. Nevertheless, maybe January could be the month we are able to say we began to actually see a decline in GPU costs, within the ever hopeful march again to normality.
3DCenter (through Videocardz) has been monitoring GPU costs in German and Austrian retailers throughout these unprecedented occasions. Despite seeing cards selling for their highest prices since April only a few months again, to this point January has seen two distinct value drops.
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For Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 playing cards just like the RTX 3090, gross sales fell to 185% of their retail value early within the month and at the moment are all the way down to 177%. AMD noticed the same development with costs dropping to 178% after which once more to 167% of the MSRP. This implies playing cards just like the AMD Radeon RX 6800XT is promoting between 1279-1559€, which remains to be a far cry from the MSRP however at the least it’s getting nearer, slowly. Hopefully this development will proceed and unfold all through the remainder of the world.
We may be cautiously optimistic about this for the time being. Positive, the chip scarcity remains to be seeing firms desperately scramble to attempt to make up for market demand. Nevertheless, we’re seeing loads of new budget GPUs starting to appear to assist choose up a number of the slack.
This, mixed with a latest drop in crypto costs and Ethereum’s upcoming move to Proof of Stake means the demand for gamer graphics playing cards for mining could dry up. After all we’re prone to additionally see the market flooded with used playing cards when this occurs. Purchaser beware on these as they could be effectively and actually labored to the core, however there might also be good offers to be discovered.