Graphics card prices are rising slightly once again as supply constraints persist

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Aug 31, 2021 12:28 PM

The PC hardware market is pretty screwed at the moment, and whilst it’s a lot better than it was a few months ago, we are still seeing overpriced GPUs sold by retailers as well as persisting supply issues. Despite recent hopes that the trend was pointing downwards, it looks like graphics card prices are once again rising, though only slightly this time at least.

Thanks to 3DCenter, we have a pretty comprehensive breakdown of GPU prices and availability since the start of the year, when these issues first started to appear. Since the start of August, Nvidia’s graphics cards have raised in price by around 9% on average, whilst AMD has risen from 159% to 164% MSRP.

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The upward trend suggests we could be seeing another (albeit, small in comparison to May 2021) spike in GPU prices. Availability is apparently sustainable at the moment on average, but some specific cards are much harder to come by than others. The RX 6800 (non-XT) for instance is one of the rarest GPUs to find now.

That probably explains why the RX 6800 is also one of the most expensive cards to buy in terms of inflated pricing, with a surcharge of up to 95%. The RX 6800 XT falls slightly behind at up to 77%, and the RX 6700 XT after that at up to 59%. The rest of the RX 6000 series is doing okay though.

As for the RTX 30 series, supply is much better than AMD (Nvidia sold more than twice the amount of GPUs that AMD sold in August 2021), but prices are still pretty expensive. However, it seems like the top-end cards like the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 are faring the best, with surcharges of 17% and 29% over MSRP respectively, the smallest of the entire lineup.

Essentially, hopes that GPU prices would steadily move downward before the end of the year are looking very slim. It seems that we are now at a steadied out stage where prices won’t get much better until availability does. Nvidia stated they believe supply constraints will persist throughout the majority of 2022 still, the year in which the company should also be announcing their RTX 40 series graphics cards.

We’ll have to wait and see what prices and availability are like by the end of the year, but it looks like we’re in a bit of a stalemate at the moment. Don’t expect prices or supply to get better anytime soon, but we’ll keep an eye on the trends for now.

What do you think? Have you noticed GPU prices increasing in your region? What has supply been like in your area? Will we ever see prices and availability drop back to normal? And do you think the RTX 40 series will suffer the same issues? Let us know your thoughts!

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23:00 Aug-31-2021

Next gen graphic card pricing will really depend on state of the market. Just because it is new, this doesn't mean they will jump hard at lowering prices. They will be pretty much subject to same market conditions as current gen will be and pricing will reflect that. Since they will use same materials, come from same fabs, be subject to same distribution system,... and equal, if not higher demand. Though one thing I do see happening is that they will likely want to stop ignoring that sub 300USD market, since otherwise this would be pretty much the most ideal opportunity for Intel to take the biggest market segment. Still, regardless of that we will have to see what they will offer in this bracket, I am sure they will want to cover it, but I am not so sure if they will want to give something worthwhile or keep treating it like "peasant" segment. As they are kind of doing now, considering what used to be sub 300USD midrange or around 300USD is now more like 400-500USD. But yeah, I don't expect next gen to be some magical bullet that will fix everything and everyone will turn into good guys and so on... unless market conditions will change to warrant that. And don't get me wrong, I would love to see things just suddenly normalize, but we do have to be realistic, a lot of issues will keep persisting for at least another, if not two or three years. As much as it sucks, I can't say i see things majorly improving. But as they say, hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

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20:17 Aug-31-2021

the 3060 never went below 800$ here, not once since release and that is the cheapest 30 series gpu i saw

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20:18 Aug-31-2021

and 800$ is a good one month salary in this country

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17:31 Aug-31-2021

Rather AMD n Nvidia not even release new gpus next year tbh

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15:26 Aug-31-2021

Did they ever go down?

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15:24 Aug-31-2021

I don't even care anymore tbh lol.

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14:03 Aug-31-2021

Hot take, probably, but if people just united and didn't buy the GPUs at above MSRP - the prices would have had to go down in a big hurry... Unsold stock can't possibly be sitting there at inflated prices if nobody buys it - it's not NYC real estate 😂

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22:57 Aug-31-2021

true that but good luck convincing everyone not to buy new stuff

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03:23 Sep-01-2021

The new stuff isn't really the problem, it's somehow the FOMO that drives up demand... Just like in that old South Park episode 🤣

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13:45 Aug-31-2021

Well CRAP

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13:45 Aug-31-2021

Well CRAP

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13:11 Aug-31-2021

I'm glad I bought my GPU when I did. The prices have been way too crazy and I'm pretty certain that I wouldn't have been able to find something if I waited for black friday this year.

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09:53 Sep-02-2021

Same same... Though maybe I rushed, after all my card is now junk and a 3090 SUPER-DUPER might come out for only $3000 🤣

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12:56 Aug-31-2021

I came from a place which never experienced msrp. And once the prices go up, there's almost no chance it's going down.

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