Just a few months ago, it was still difficult to find the best graphics cards at “reasonable” prices. Nvidia, for example, launched his RTX 3090 Ti at the end of his March with a then-obscene hefty suggested retail price of $1,999. Today, the retail price has dropped by a whopping 43%, nearly half the price!Other cards will be much more affordable as well, with only a handful of GPUs surpassing their official suggested retail price.
2020 and 2021 was a complete storm of convergence factors: pandemics, supply chain issues, and soaring cryptocurrency prices, but now we are seeing a turnaround in almost every sector. Cryptocurrency prices and mining profitability are plummeting, current-generation card inventories are “too much,” and most of the supply chain kinks are unraveling. With Nvidia RTX 40-series Ada GPUs set to debut in the next month or so and AMD’s RX 7000-series RDNA 3 parts not far behind, the manufacturer is doing its best to pave the way for the upcoming launch. increase. end to end of the market.
Unlike the GPU Price Index, which focuses on monthly eBay prices, we’re primarily interested in retail prices for new graphics cards. We’re looking specifically at US pricing, and while we rarely care about previous-generation GPUs, the Nvidia Turing models (RTX 2060 and GTX 16 series) are included because they’re still in production.
Here’s a full rundown of current retail prices as of September 6th: Note that all of these tend to fluctuate wildly in some cases. For example, short-term sales (such as Labor Day) may offer an additional 5-10% off the prices shown here.
Comparison to August 2022 retail GPU prices (opens in new tab), graphics cards are down an average of 7%. Nvidia doesn’t track retail prices for Turing cards, and while the Intel Arc A380 is new to the list (along with his RX 6700 outside of the XT), the more expensive cards show the biggest deltas.
Nvidia’s top-of-the-line RTX 3090 Ti GPU is currently selling for 45% less than the official suggested retail price. Nvidia itself has the lead, as the cheapest card is his RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition. (opens in new tab) from best buy. That’s another 21% decrease from last month. The RTX 3090 costs basically the same, but Newegg has RTX 3080 Ti $809.99 (opens in new tab) (After $40 instant rebate) — Another steep drop of 15%. The RTX 3070 to 3080 are still priced slightly above MSRP, but assuming they weren’t simply discontinued to make way for newer models, prices are close and will hit that level soon. On the other hand, the RTX 3050 to 3060 Ti are 12-20% higher than their MSRP. This is probably because Nvidia isn’t planning to replace its budget and mid-range offerings with his new RTX 40 series GPUs until next year.
Back to the AMD side. AMD’s GPUs have been selling mostly below his MSRP for the last few months, but even the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 add to the fun.of Radeon RX 6900 XT for $699.99 only now (opens in new tab) It looks especially delicious — there’s also MSI RX6900XT (opens in new tab) Same price with rebates, but I don’t particularly like mailed rebates.If you’re looking to pay less than $500 or closer to $250 Radeon RX 6600 $249.99 (opens in new tab) Almost impossible to beat now. Nvidia’s closest replacement is the previous generation RTX 2060 $229.99 (opens in new tab) — Ray tracing is actually faster, especially with DLSS, but up to 20% slower with standard game performance.
No matter how you slice it, the RTX 2060 and RX 6600 don’t look appetizing when priced under $200. Yes, it’s more expensive than cards like the RX 6400 and RX 6500 XT, but up to twice the performance.If you want a cheap card that might actually perform better in the coming months, Intel’s $139.99 Ark A380 (opens in new tab) has some great video codec hardware, but is currently on backorder.
GPU Pricing: Coming Next Month
Again, we have multiple GPUs that are all set to launch in the coming months. I think it’s likely that Nvidia will release his RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 cards by October and some of the architecture will be delved into at the GTC 2022 keynote although Nvidia is rumored to be his 48GB Ada It is also possible to start with a card. This could be the new Titan. Find out on September 20th.
AMD’s plans are less clear. During the Ryzen 7000 announcement, the RDNA 3 silicon was demonstrated in action. The CPU He will launch on September 27th, but we don’t think the RDNA 3 graphics card will hit retail stores until late November. It’s basically a repeat of the RX 6000 series launch. It would be much better if AMD launched RX 7000 cards in October and made them available for holiday shopping which runs through November and December.
With the latest indications, Intel isn’t left out of the fun this year either. Drivers continue to be updated regularly, eliminating the worst bugs and issues. Rumor has it that the ‘imminent’ launch of the Arc A770 and A750 and possibly the A580 could happen by the end of this month, certainly he by October. If the price looks like the A380, Intel will try to sell the card aggressively and push the card off the shelf rather than stagnate any more. Will it deliver decent performance? Intel is still a newcomer to the graphics scene, so that makes the most sense.
All of these upcoming GPUs mean that existing cards will have to keep dropping prices if anything. For high-end cards that should be overshadowed by RDNA 3 and Ada Lovelace’s offerings, a ‘wait and see’ approach is highly recommended. Midrange card prices could drop even further to clear inventory and discourage people from buying Intel’s new GPUs, but there isn’t much room below the $250s.