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!