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Graphics card prices see a big dip after months of scarcity and scalping

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What you need to know

  • GPU prices have been inflated beyond belief since 2020, thanks to shortages and scalpers.
  • Cryptocurrency mining has exacerbated said shortages.
  • For the first time in a long while, GPU prices seem to be trending back toward their normal MSRPs.

When's the last time you saw a GPU being sold at MSRP? It's likely been a long while, as most people have had to resort to bizarre behavior in order to attain a GPU for monstrously inflated prices since the great shortage wave of 2020. Semiconductor woes began the problem, but speculators and crypto miners took the issues further by straining already thin supply chains. Now, GPUs are virtually impossible to come by — though that may be changing, based on a recent report.

As cited by 3DCenter, AMD and NVIDIA GPU prices have been divebombing in Germany (via TechRadar). The article is in German, but even if you're not using Microsoft Edge and its handy translator feature and can't make sense of the text itself, you can still see the post's graph clear as day. It illustrates that German retailers are coming down from the mountains of May 2021's 304% inflated NVIDIA GPU prices and are selling at a comparatively cheap 153% of the MSRP as of July 2021.

3DCenter warns that prices nosediving back toward MSRP levels isn't a one-off, either. It says that consumers should hold their horses and consider waiting three to four weeks to see if standard pricing returns, since spending now may result in paying artificially bloated sums that could be much less puffy in just a few short weeks.

All of this info relates to Germany and German retailers, but it's important that North American audiences pay attention to the prices of the best graphics cards across the pond, as both markets share similarities, and the return to normalcy for one could indicate an incoming trend for the other. If you want an RTX 3060 Ti at its normal price, you may soon be in luck.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • FE edition GPUs are harder to find. AIB cards are available on every shop with 2x price tag.
  • At this point I'm just going to wait for the radeon 7000 series. Save up and get a decent AIB card or reference depending the situation at the time. By then decent 4K TVs should be on the market with 120 Hz refresh rate. I don't play FPS games online due to hardly any time lol so I don't need a fast panel.
  • Might as well with windows 11 coming out too. I was going premade since it's hard to find a graphics card at a good price, but realized I should wait for prices to come down and for W11
  • Long way to go. Still 100% on release pricing in most places but here in eastern Europe, they are still listed at 300% or above.