Graphics card prices are now just 20% over MSRP in Europe, but crypto mining boom may return

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Apr 19, 2022 3:35 PM

Over the past couple years we’ve all been moaning about the state of the graphics card industry, from limited supply to enormously inflated prices. However, after a long period of time those inflated GPU prices are dropping rapidly, to the lowest they’ve ever been since the start of 2021.

According to 3DCenter, graphics cards are currently under 20% over MSRP, with much better availability since January 17th 2021 (when they started monitoring GPU prices and supply). Back then, graphics cards were around 34-42% more expensive than their retail price, whereas now they are only 12-19%.

GPU prices comparison (% over MSRP)

GPU series Dec 12th Jan 2nd Jan 23rd Feb 13th March 6th March 27th April 17th
AMD RX 6000 +83% +78% +63% +45% +35% +25% +12%
Nvidia RTX 30 +87% +85% +77% +57% +41% +25% +19%

Obviously paying more than MSRP for a GPU is still not ideal, but it does raise hopes of seeing graphics cards returning to their original MSRP around Summer 2022, as well as for the next generation of cards from Nvidia and AMD like the RTX 40 series and RX 7000 series launching later this year.

Unfortunately, there are reports that there could be another crypto mining boom as the ‘Proof of Stake’ update for Ethereum mining has been delayed to the latter half of 2022, which could once again cause a spike in GPU prices (though not as harsh as before) and even affect the next-gen GPUs later this year.

All we can hope for is that the increase in supply helps to mitigate the surge in prices, and if it does happen again it will once again take a few months to calm back down. But hope is on the horizon at least! And with all these rumors of massive performance leaps for nextgen graphics cards, it’s sure to be a popular launch once again.

What do you think? What has GPU prices and availability been like in your region recently? Do you think we will see GPU prices return to MSRP this year? Do you think there will be another crypto mining boom? How do you think it will affect the market this time? Let us know your thoughts!

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How much more over MSRP are you willing to pay for nextgen GPUs if the rumors are true? In percent

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17:32 Apr-20-2022

I am willing to pay below MSRP for two year old cards.

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16:19 Apr-20-2022

It's getting better slowly. but still not close to where it should be. normally you pay under MSRP for most products! I wouldn't pay anything over MSRP personally..


Right now these are the prices here:


3060: MSRP 329 - real: 474


3060 TI: MSRP:419 - real:: 599


3070: MSRP: 519 - real:699


3080: MSRP 719 - real:: 969

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20:58 Apr-19-2022

the cheapest 3060 ti is still about 2x the msrp here in Hungary... :(

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11:41 Apr-20-2022

They are getting cheaper, but in reailty it's the RTX 3050, RTX 3060 non-Ti, RX 6500XT, RX 6600 non-XT that are at or close to MSRP.

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20:28 Apr-19-2022

It's crazy when I think i got my bby 2070(it's mini ATX size) for $390 second hand unused, now 3070 it's $1050 . What a bs time to look for an upgrade, for me every product above 550$ that isn't high end can go to hell.

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20:21 Apr-19-2022

Prices in the nearest PC store called PCEL are slightly lower, but still well above MSRP, they just dont want to let their massive stock go since they saw that people are willing to spend double for GPUs. For example the 3070 i bought on sept last year is still going for $950bucks (got mine for 1k), 3050 going for $650 it is just ridiculous.

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18:41 Apr-19-2022

This is getting tiring, i guess PC gaming is a rich mans hobby these days.

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01:11 Apr-20-2022

Depends, I know of a few cheap game builds that would be usable for 2 - 3 years of gaming.


Med settings mind you, but the end result would be most games with 60+ FPS.

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09:55 Apr-21-2022

currently on ocuk you can get a Saffire nitro 6900xt for the £999 msrp of a reference model, 4-6 months before they become old gen...... yay?

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16:46 Apr-20-2022

This is why the Steam Deck sold like hotcakes on a freezing winter day. It ain't a powerhouse, but the price to performance ratio is insane.

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