GPU prices lower and lower, will they become "human" in May?

GPU prices lower and lower, will they become human in May?

GPU prices lower and lower

In an analysis carried out by 3DCenter, it is shown how the price of recent video card models has undergone a significant drop since May last year, continuing to fall steadily up to the current months. A mix of factors such as the increase in demand due to work from home, as well as a higher value of cryptocurrencies, had contributed to the cost of GPUs soaring. A situation that now seems to be coming to an end, with a cryptocurrency market currently in stagnation and a drop in demand due to more and more people returning to work in the office.

3DCenter chart This it means we may soon see video card prices finally return to normal levels, and there's good reason to believe this could happen soon. Both the Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series and the AMD Radeon RX 6000 are now “only” 25% above the recommended price, currently the lowest value in the last 15 months. 3DCenter's analysis focuses on the German and Austrian market, but it is likely that similar prices can also be seen in other countries.

“I expect GPU prices to return to where the market was, as the situation is coming to an end. By the end of April or early May, we should start seeing products return at a more attractive price. ”

The claim is quite vague and the fact that other retailers have not rushed to make such claims is an indication of how optimistic this forecast is. As things stand, however, we are indeed seeing double-digit monthly changes in GPU prices. By the end of the second quarter, we could therefore see attractive prices for the RTX 30 and RX 6000. There is also a lot of interest in Intel's Arc Alchemist, now around the corner.

GPU Prices Plummet as Stock Normalizes to Pre-Pandemic Levels


Picture of Nvidia GPU as stock shortages begin to ease. 

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Two frustrating years for gamers hot to get GPUs to make their rigs sing may be coming to an end. 

Websites such as Best Buy, Overclockers and Micro Center are showing the latest Nvidia and AMD GPUs in stock, as reported earlier Monday by PC Gamer. This means that as long as stock is available for buyers near their local stores, they can go in and pick one up. 

Asus, a company that makes boards for GPUs, said it will begin cutting prices by 25% starting in April. A change in US tariff policy on Chinese imports is behind the price drop, the company told Tom's Hardware. Asus didn't respond to a request for comment from CNET.

The loosening of supply may spell an end to the scalpers, bots and Best Buy Totaltech memberships that stood between GPUs and gamers over the course of the past several years, though prices will remain elevated. Supply chain issues affecting other components are likely contributing to costs at board makers, who pass some of it on to consumers in the form of higher prices. 

For example, an Nvidia-branded RTX 3080 reference card has a suggested retail price of $699. Board makers such as Gigabyte and MSI add power delivery and cooling modules that contribute to the price tag. For example, a Gigabyte RTX 3080 carries a price of $1,249, or 79% more than the GPU alone. 

Many GPU buyers have been waiting for Nvidia cards to come back in stock, which has increased prices for the company's products. 

Nvidia didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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