The situation in the graphics card market has been disastrous for several months. This applies to both the latest generation of AMD Radeon chips and competing NVIDIA GeForce chips. It’s not much better with older and aftermarket models. Demand outstrips supply, and what is left to buy has long “rised” prices. why? Well, there are a few different factors for this, but the main ones are the crypto-mining frenzy, rising freight rates, the COVID-19 pandemic and issues with the availability of basic components used in electronics manufacturing. Unfortunately, according to the latest data, it is getting worse every week.
The AMD Radeon RX 6000 family costs 201% of the manufacturer’s suggested prices, and in the case of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 it is “only” 188% of the MSRP.
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The editors of 3DCenter have published another report on the situation in the graphics card market, which is based on data from the ten largest German and Austrian computer stores. I’m talking about Geizhals, Alternate, Casking, Computeruniverse, Equippr, Galaxus, Hadwarecamp24, Mindfactory, Notebooksbilliger and ProShop. This gives a good overview of the situation in Europe, as many of these stores also cater to consumers from other countries. Unfortunately, the trend we saw at the beginning of October is getting stronger. Both AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce offerings are much more expensive than they were on premiere day. To make matters worse, the overall availability of graphics cards is declining, so prices will continue to rise.
Sapphire, PowerColor, and XFX have quite a few graphics cards. However, it is not sent to stores, but to cryptocurrency miners
The AMD Radeon RX 6000 family of graphics cards costs an average of 201% of the manufacturer’s suggested price, but it was only worse in the first half of May, when we saw a 205-214% MSRP. In the case of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards, this is 188% of the manufacturer’s suggested price, which is slightly “better”. Given the high prices of 12th-generation Intel processors, dedicated motherboards and DDR5 RAM modules, assembling a new computer set is becoming a bit more for people with thicker wallets, and one shouldn’t be surprised that many gamers are switching to Sony and Microsoft consoles.
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