GPU pricing and availability is a sore spot for gaming PC builders and enthusiasts alike. Unfortunately, it looks like things will get worse before they get better, as current market trends indicate inflated costs and increased stock scarcity that could continue for the rest of 2021.
According to statistics by 3DCenter based on Germany’s GPU market trends, both Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series GPUs and AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards have been continually rising in price. Currently, RDNA2 cards are going for 74% more than their suggested retail price, while Ampere pricing is hitting 70% over its suggested mark. For context, Nvidia’s RTX 3080 has an MSRP of $699, which means the card could cost you an additional $489, going by these stats.
Despite promising signs earlier this year, 3DCentre’s report also depicts a GPU availability decline, suggesting that the pricing situation will likely worsen. Essentially, if these trends continue, we could be haunted by further price hikes and MSRP markups as we approach the last quarter of 2021. So, if you were planning on upgrading your rig during the holidays, you might want to curb your expectations.