What happened? More sad news for those looking to nostalgic for the days when graphics card prices and availability weren't a nightmare: Prices in China are now on the rise due to declining GPU shipments, a trend we're also seeing in other countries.
Yes, graphics card prices start to rise again after several months of getting close to the MSRP. According to MyDrivers (via TechPowerUp), the increase in China is due to lower GPU shipments. This is particularly the case with Nvidia's RTX 3060, which has been reduced by 50% and is not expected to improve for a few weeks.
MyDrivers keeps track of card prices from several AIB partners, including ASUS. GIGABYTE and MSI Some of the increases aren't huge - the GIGABYTE GTX 1050 Ti only jumped $12 - but others are more serious: the ASUS RTX 3070 Ti is said to be up by $92. This is a 15 percent increase over the $599 for an MSRP, and you can't find it anywhere. MyDrivers also reported that Nvidia felt more supply problems than AMD.
Last week's news was more disappointing than 3DCenter. A regular report from the German website, which examines the average selling price of an Ampere/RDNA 2 card among retailers in the country, found that Nvidia and AMD products rose in August. In the case of the green team, this happened about three months later. 3DCenter notes that availability is also deteriorating.eBay MSRP June average price eBay average price July July average price eBay August Inflation rises in current price July-August GeForce RTX $3,090 $1,500 $2,962 $2,599 2,607 74% 0% GeForce RTX 3080 Ti $1,200 $2,187 $1,905 $1,815 51% -5% GeForce RTX 3080 Ti $1,200 $1,623 $1,643 135 1% GeForce RTX 3070 Ti $600 $1,323 $1,085 $1,170 95% 8% GeForce RTX 3070 $1,261 $1,075 $1,258 $1,252 -6% GeForce RTX 3060 $330 $830 $723752 1282% 4% Average 109% 2%
This is a similar depression story at the flea market. GPU availability and pricing update in August will increase card prices (on eBay) by a small percentage. Interestingly, it seems that people still buy Ampere cards, possibly from vendors, as the latest Steam devices. Surveys show that with the exception of the RTX 3090, user engagement increased in August.
Graphics card prices are on the rise in China, reflecting the global trend