The autumn of 2020 became a packed period for enthusiasts. Nvidia launched a new generation of graphics cards in the Geforce RTX 3000 series, AMD met up with the Radeon RX 6000 series and came back into the game again after many years on dekis. Alongside this, AMD launched the Ryzen 5000 and tricked the performance throne from Intel, and this was accompanied by a new generation of game consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
However, it did not take long before a persistent shortage became a fact, something that in the above-mentioned categories may have mainly affected graphics cards. This has also made a clear price imprint and the manufacturers’ so-called recommended prices (MSRP) are now unrealistic fantasy figures. Now data from Pricerunner shows the broad rise.
During the summer of 2020, a clear decline in average prices can be seen, but this trend was broken in the autumn in connection with Nvidia’s launch of the Geforce RTX 3080. In the weeks that followed, there was a great shortage of new graphics cards store shelves were emptied.
Initially, it was mostly that the graphics cards could not be bought, but this did not have a major impact on prices in 2020. Shortly after the turn of the year, a clear increase began and during the full year 2021, Pricerunner shows an increase of more or less exactly 100 percent. This is also in line with the recommended prices of the graphics cards available for purchase today.
After just over a year of shortage, it is now possible to get a graphics card in a store without hanging on the lock. This is due to the market adapting prices to supply and demand, with the result that graphics cards depending on the model are somewhere around 100 percent above the recommended prices set by AMD and Nvidia.
As the increase of 100 percent is about an average, the increase varies greatly between different models. This is not least clear with price statistics for 2021, where figures apply to the top ten most popular graphics cards that have been available at the beginning and end of the year. Among these, the price increase is anywhere between 14 to 55 percent, where generally models in lower segments have increased the most.
Graphics card model
Zotac Geforce GTX 1660 Twin Fan 6 GB
Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 Nitro+ OC 16 GB
PNY Nvidia Quadro P400
XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition 8 GB
MSI Radeon RX 580 Aarmor OC 8 GB
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC 4 GB
Asus Geforce RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix Gaming 11 GB
Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4G
Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2060 OC Rev2 6 GB
Powercolor Radeon RX 550 Red Dragon4GB
If we finally look at the top ten graphics cards that have risen the most in price, it is confirmed that they are lower priced models from previous generations in the list. The exception to the rule is the Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 Nitro + OC. The reason behind this is probably the steep price increase of the latest generation of graphics cards, which is why consumers have opted for models with, at least initially, lower price tags.
When the shortage of graphics cards eases and prices begin to fall completely sonic, it is still difficult to predict. At the earliest, it looks like it will be during the second half of the year, but at the same time there is much to suggest that a possible relief can only be discerned at the beginning of 2023.
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Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.
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