According to some of the largest retailers in Germany and Austria, the prices of graphics cards are somewhat surprising, super expensive at the moment. Some cards, like the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series, have more than double their MSRP.
The report from the 3D Center does not include recent maps released after March 2021, but it does show the current upward trend in GPU prices. The data show that AMD and Nvidia GPU prices have risen by 18 and 16 percentage points respectively in the past month. This places the average sales of both short-haul lines very close to double what was recommended for retail sales, and is a significant increase as prices have steadily risen from their lowest back in July.
According to the analysis, at the end of July, for example, you could pick up a humble Nvidia RTX 3060 at a worst price of € 799 and best price of € 579. This price rose to € 1280 at the end of August, and has maintained it while still raising the cheapest price to € 699.
The report also notes the general volatility in the market. Slightly lower-end models like the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT can be found going for higher prices than the powerful RX 6900 XT. There are also outrageous top prices for those willing to pay it, but this is all just a sign that demand far outweighs supply.
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It is worth noting that because the report is from data from Germany and Austria, prices may be very different from other countries. Different rules mean that suppliers can sell directly to customers, which is not the case everywhere.
There is a lot to see in the GPU space at the moment, even apart from the chip shortage and what is causing them. Companies taking steps like Nvidia are ready to announce RAM boosts for many of their cards in the coming months, the surprising potential specifications of Intel’s Arc Alchemist and AMD’s next-generation flagship design are nearing completion.