The video card market continues to go through a difficult phase, characterized by the crisis of components and high demand, an explosive mixture that has generated a rise in prices and a shortage of stocks. In January there were some signs of lightening, even if transitory factors contributed to them that cannot be considered resolutive of the crisis in the sector (in particular the contraction of the cryptocurrency market and the consequent decrease in the demand for video cards to be dedicated to mining). According to the findings of 3DCenter, the trend of decreasing prices and the improvement of availability was repeated also in this first half of February .
The source averages the best prices of AMD Radeon RX6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series video cards detected in German stores, as well as keeping track of their availability and the trend in the value of the Ethereum cryptocurrency. Although it is a partial analysis (it is limited on a geographic basis), it can be indicative of a trend in the European market, and for potential buyers it is positive, given that prices are still falling , albeit still far from those of the recommended price lists. public .
Prices Still At The Stars For Rtx 3080 10gb And 6800xt
More specifically, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 Series video cards are paid 57% more than the recommended price , which is still a lot but still lower than the + 77% recorded last month. In the case of the AMD Radeon RX 6000, the average price is 45% higher than the recommended price (in January it was + 63%). It is understood that the two product lines include models of various price ranges and that these percentages take into consideration only the average price of the entire line: when you pass to examine the individual products, the more or less painful notes arrive.
The mid-range and high-end cards are still very expensive: the AMD Radeon RX6800 and the GeForce RTX 3080 10GB, respectively + 73% and + 72%, register the highest increases compared to the list price. The low-end models such as the AMD RX 6600 XT and 6500 XT are more affordable – the latter in particular exhibits a + 17% compared to the list price. Among the high-end models, we also mention the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and the AMD RX 6900 XT with increases of + 32% and + 33% respectively (high prices, but significantly lower prices compared to the aforementioned lower-end RTX models 3080 10GB and RX6800).
Even if the difficulties remain, there are a couple of elements that are worth underlining: one concerns the availability in stores which, especially in the case of low-end models, is constantly improving; the other relates to the observation that, despite the rising price of Ethereum, there has not been a consequent increase in the price of the cards – at least in the first two weeks of February. The overall picture is very delicate and it is difficult to make certain forecasts – also because there are production difficulties that will take months to resolve – but according to the 3DCenter report, a cautious optimism can be harbored on the trend in the sector.