Latest report on graphics card market: Ampere prices rise, availability remains poor

TL;DR: Are you hoping to get a shiny new, or soiled second-hand, graphics card for the vacations? You may wish to take into consideration one thing else. The most recent GPU pricing and availability report for Germany and Austria, which supplies an excellent indication of worldwide traits, reveals the scenario isn’t bettering. The RTX 3000 sequence’ common worth retains on rising, and whereas the Radeon RX 6000 line is getting barely cheaper, there’s a easy rationalization as to why.

As traditional, the survey of Ampere/RDNA 2 playing cards comes from German publication 3DCenter. At first look, we see that the Radeon RX 6000 sequence has fallen from 101% above MSRP to 90%. This may appear to be excellent news, however the playing cards themselves aren’t really getting cheaper; it’s as a result of retailers have obtained shipments of non-XT RX 6800 playing cards, reducing the common worth of the entire line.

There’s no ambiguity in regards to the common worth of Nvidia’s newest playing cards. Ampere has been on the rise since August 8 and now sits at 95% above MSRP. It’s additionally the primary time that crew inexperienced’s merchandise have been costlier than AMD’s since July 18.

Trying on the painful topic of availability, Nvidia has seen no modifications for the reason that earlier report arrived in early November, with the RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, and 3080 Ti on four-star scores as the remainder of Ampere languishes on simply three stars.

AMD’s availability has seen a minor change: the Radeon 6900 XT nonetheless has a four-star score however the RX 6800 has gone from one star to 2. The remainder of the road is rated 3/5.

The depressingly acquainted state of affairs is repeated within the second-hand market. Our examination of card costs on eBay reveals Ampere up 6% and RDNA 2 up 9%. Even older generations are getting costlier; the Nvidia 20 sequence (+6%), 16 sequence (+5%), and 10 sequence (+7%) all noticed worth hikes between October and November. The Radeon 5000 sequence was additionally up, by 9%.

  MSRP eBay Common Worth September eBay Common Worth October eBay Common Worth November Present Worth Inflation Worth Improve October to November
GeForce RTX 3090 $1,500 $2,863 $2,818 $3,107 107% 10%
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti $1,200 $1,880 $1,851 $1,916 60% 4%
GeForce RTX 3080 $700 $1,673 $1,534 $1,584 126% 3%
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti $600 $1,191 $1,151 $1,227 104% 7%
GeForce RTX 3070 $500 $1,180 $1,121 $1,170 134% 4%
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti $400 $866 $860 $946 136% 10%
GeForce RTX 3060 $330 $708 $692 $739 124% 7%
        Common  113% 6%

Everyone knows that the chip scarcity is the first motive behind the cardboard disaster, however the seemingly ever-increasing worth of cryptos akin to Bitcoin and Ethereum is one other main issue. The upcoming vacation season can also be influencing each costs and availability as individuals scramble to seize components to improve their rigs in time for Christmas.

When will issues get again to regular? No one can say for certain. The optimistic view is the second half of subsequent 12 months, whereas others consider 2023 is extra of a sensible goal.

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