November 28, 2022

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Graphics cards are now 25% cheaper than MSRP, the lowest price in 15 months.

More good news for anyone wishing to upgrade their graphics cards: Nvidia and AMD’s latest GPUs have plummeted to their lowest prices in 15 months in Germany and Austria, hitting 25% above MSRP. The announcement comes over a year after the RTX 3000 series was selling for 218 percent more than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

The German/Austrian market information comes from 3D Center, which has been tracking the average selling prices of the RTX 3000 and Radeon RX 6000 series since January 2021.

We’ve seen the average GPU selling price at European shops plummet this year, with AMD and Nvidia hitting lows of 35 percent and 41 percent over MSRP earlier this month. But, for the first time since 3D Center began publishing its findings, both businesses’ cards are at their lowest points, with prices approaching those seen at the end of 2020. Even though these numbers only apply to Germany and Austria, they frequently indicate present or future global trends.

The availability is also excellent. Except for the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 (10GB), which have four stars, all Nvidia’s GPUs have five stars. AMD performs somewhat worse in this category: only the Radeon RX 6600 and 6800 XT received four stars instead of five, while the RTX 6800 received three.

After what seems like an eternity of being absurdly high, graphics card costs are finally trending in the right direction. According to our data, Newegg and eBay prices continue to plummet, reaching their lowest point in a year. In Germany, the —admittedly poor—Radeon RX 6500 XT is 35 percent off MSRP, and several of Nvidia’s and AMD’s AIB partners are offering discounts on their GPUs. Furthermore, some Chinese imports have been exempted from taxes, potentially lowering motherboard and GPU prices.

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We wouldn’t usually celebrate 25% over MSRP cards, but these aren’t standard times. The chip crisis and other Covid-related difficulties and scalpers and miners have combined to drive GPU prices through the ceiling, but if things keep going like they are, we could see a return to MSRP in a few months. And maybe Nvidia will stop bragging about how upgrading to an RTX card costs $300 extra.