We’ve been hearing all sorts of reports and analyses regarding the graphics card market for months now, looking at the current trend of prices and availability of GPUs in Europe. Things seemed to be looking up for a while, but with new constraints on supply prices have once again begun to rise before the end of the year.
The new report comes once again from 3DCenter, who have been monitoring the prices and availability of graphics cards in Germany since the start of the year. Although it is indicative of the situation in Germany, it is likely not too far off from the current state of the GPU market globally, especially in Europe.
As you can see, graphics card prices have risen since August by around 10% for both Nvidia and AMD GPUs. This is due to graphics card availability continuing to decline since July. As the report mentions, if the trend continues this way then we could see GPUs being sold for twice their MSRP by Q4 2021.
Thankfully, it is unlikely to ever hit the huge 304% over MSRP spike that we saw back in May, but it seems like we might be having to wait a while until supply starts to pick back up again before we see the inflated prices start to drop again.
There have been reports that TSMC has raised their prices of their 7nm process, which theoretically would affect prices of graphics cards as well. It’s possible that we are now seeing the consequences of that decision now, but we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out over the coming months. For now though, maybe it’s still not a great idea to upgrade your PC just yet.
What do you think? What has GPU availability been like in your region? Has it gotten better or worse? Let us know!