The average selling costs for the RTX 3000 series and Radeon RX 6000 line have both reached their lowest points, according to the latest research from 3D Center, which has been collecting graphics cards price and availability data from German/Austrian stores since January 2021.
Normally, anything selling for more than its MSRP isn’t cause for celebration, but it feels like a long time since graphics cards were so close to their suggested retail cost. Things were at their worst in May of last year, when RDNA 2 cards were more than double the MSRP and Ampere products were three times the recommended price. Prices have been steadily declining since December, reaching a new low yesterday.
And it’s not just pricing that’s becoming better. For the first time, 3D Center has given every Nvidia card a perfect 5/5 rating for availability. AMD, on the other hand, offers three cards with this designation (the 6900 XT, 6700 XT, and 6600 XT), as well as three more with 4/5. The Radeon 6800 is the only graphics card with a 3-star availability rating.
Graphics Cards prices plummeted due to decreasing crypto drive
The news that graphics cards have reached a low point comes at a good moment, especially since we just learned that Ethereum’s long-awaited transition from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake will now take place a few months later than expected in June. That could keep ETH high, but after the transfer is made, graphics card pricing and availability should improve even more, eventually reaching the now-mythical MSRP (or lower) later this year.
In addition, Nvidia recently announced their “Restocked and Reloaded” campaign, which includes some fantastic deals on RTX 3000 GPUs, several of which are priced much below MSRP.
Once Intel’s desktop Arc graphic cards, the RTX 4000 series, and RDNA 3 arrive in a few months, the GPU market will become more exciting. There’s also the RDNA 2 update, which is due out this week and is apparently already selling for far more than its MSRP.