Just two to three months, if we wanted to purchase the graphics card, we had to pay almost triple the original MSRP of the cards to get our hands on one. However, now even though the prices of the cards are still high, it is still worth purchasing from the market.
The situation seems to be getting better since Nvidia’s new Light Hash Rate (LHR) series of GeForce RTX 30-series cards have started to arrive. Prices of graphics boards are still high in the US, Europe, and Japan, but the new LHR cards do attract the attention of hungry miners.
According to the latest sources, the Geizhals. EU, a search engine that tracks hardware prices and availability in Austria, Germany, Poland, and the UK, has now listed 19 different GeForce RTX 30-series LHR graphics boards. Reports suggest that their prices now range from €599 for a GeForce RTX 3060 to €1899 for a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
In other news, the frequenters of the large stores in the famous Akihabara district of Tokyo report that graphics boards have started to re-appear on the shelves. And most of them are the new GeForce RTX 30-series LHR models that pose little interest to miners.
“We have plenty of graphics cards in stock. The only new models arriving are LHR models. The price is still soaring, but the inventory itself is reasonable.”
But the situation in the US still needs some improvement as the online retail stores like Amazon and Newegg doesn’t have much in their direct inventory, and Newegg continues to sell all new GPUs via its Shuffle lottery system.
However, for now, the situation regarding GPUs still needs lots of improvements. Still, based on various indicators, we can say that the situation with the availability of the cards is at least getting better.
The prices are still high because the demand exceeds supply and the workload on the industry increasing, but at least availability in retail seems to be improving. Let’s hope that the situation continues to remain positive.