After two years of extreme exhaustion, GPUs are finally back to stock our major retailers, with some selling below MSRP. The prices of the record GPUs are due to the past two years. Not only did the scaling and price increases unfold during this period, but things were so screwed up that even the converters struggled to get hold of new graphics boards in a field.
Meanwhile, things have moved quietly in recent weeks, with several reports suggesting buyers could only get their hands on decent GPUs once without spending too much. For example, AMD’s base-level Radeon RX 6500XT is already selling below the suggested retail price in Germany in mid-March, while Asus announced plans to lower the prices of its graphics cards a few days later. The most recent report on many other selling platforms in the MSRP or below suggests that GPU prices are finally falling to reasonable levels.
Search done by ExtremeTech showed that not only are many graphics cards back in stock and available for purchase at various US retailers, but some are also available for purchase at MSRP. However, the reason is that the improvement in availability and price is more noticeable at the premium end of the spectrum, while the more convenient platforms continue to struggle to find reasonable prices. On the plus side, Nvidia and AMD platforms are now more readily available, while the RX 6800 models remain hard to find. The blog also featured a Gigabyte Windforce RTX 3080 Ti in stock for the suggested retail price of US$1,199 – a significant discount from the US$1,549.99 that has been on sale for some time.
What’s even more interesting is that Microcenter is now offering discounts on some GPU models – an impossible scenario in just a few weeks. According to the report, a 12GB RTX 3080 currently costs less than $1,000. The same GPU with 10GB of VRAM can be had for under $900, with an MSI RTX 3080 listed for $880 instead of the standard $930. Another three million OC model from Asus was available for just US$850. It’s not clear how long the low prices will last, but for how long they are good news for gamers and bricolage enthusiasts.
Despite the best availability, some cards are still very hard to find. This includes Nvidia’s ever-popular Founder’s Editions cards, a few of which will be available at Best Buy. There were also some RTX 3080 Ti and 3090 Ti in stock with their usually high prices, but the more convenient and cheaper plates were nowhere to be found. I hope the situation is mild in the coming weeks for better and more intermediate and basic level GPUs will be available for purchase, preferably with discounts.