Graphics card pricing can’t actually trend upward forever, right? Right!? Please tell me I’m right. Unfortunately, that is the disheartening reality we live in at the moment, where for the past several months, the cost of buying a graphics card has consistently gone up. This has been the case since earlier July, and even a little before, depending on the exact model.
Anyway, here’s the latest snapshot of GPU price trends…
The green and red lines highlight the best prices, on average, for various Radeon RX 6000 series and GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards (see the legend for specific models). And according go to the data that is plotted, Radeon RX 6000 series cards are selling for 72 percent above MSRP, while GeForce RTX 30 series cards are going for 83 percent above MSRP.
This will obviously vary by model, as well as by territory and by each retailer. But make no mistake, GPUs are like gold right now. Even the least expensive models from both companies are commanding big prices.
Recently sold AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT listings on eBay
Recently sold GeForce RTX 3060 listings on eBay
As we have said multiple times before, this situation is temporary. How temporary, though, remains to be seen. Both TSMC and Intel are investing billions into new and expanded chip factories. But the overall shortage could linger throughout the entirety of 2022. Here’s hoping for better times ahead.