GPUs are back, honey!

Nvidia GPU

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Raise a glass for your teammate: the GPU storage shoertage is coming to an end. If you are a PC player or content creatorthen yyou do not need any reminder of how it has been almost impossible to buy a graphics card or game console without paying a markup in the last few years due to lack of supplies, which is largely due to the ongoing pandemic.

You’ve heard this story countless times before, but this time it has a happy ending. GPU storage is finally normalized, and the price of AMD and Nvidia graphics cards is falling to the point where they are approaching MSRP. To signal this new era, Nvidia has launched one “Restocked and Reloaded” campaign in Great Britain, which contains products in stock that you could not dream of buying just a few months ago.

GPU prices

Picture: 3DCenter Germany

Not all maps are available, nor do they sell all at retail prices, but the GPU landscape is in better shape than at any point in the last two years. Actually, 3DCenter Germany (via Toms hardware) released a report on Monday indicating that AMD GPU prices had fallen by an average of 13% over the past three weeks, while Nvidia cards had fell 6 pct. The price drop for Nvidia cards may be slower, but components from both Team Red and Team Green are now approaching MSRP, down from peak markups of over 300%.

The edge updated its April and MSRP price chart with April figures and found that a worst-case scenario puts a card at around $ 400 above the bid price, while certain models are actually sold for under the MSRP. AMD’s RX 6900 XT, an advanced desktop GPU, costs $ 961, down from its retail price of $ 999. Nvidia cards generally provide higher markups.

Able to I finally buy a new Nvidia RTX or AMD RX GPU?

For everyday consumers, a quick search on popular retailers like Best Buy, Newegg and Amazon shows that many cards are actually in stock. For example, Gigabyte, Asus and MSI RTX 3050 models can be purchased at Newegg to about $ 100 over retail. Similar is one ASRock Radeon RX 6700 XT, a card billed as a challenger to RTX 3060 and 3070 to 1440p games, costs $ 569 (Radeon RX 6700 XT has an MSRP of $ 479). Gamestop is even on it, one sells AMD RX 6600 GPU for $ 339or only $ 10 above MSRP.

You still have to pay a relatively small markup for most cards, especially those that land between top-of-the-line options and budget. We just can not see the 2x or 3x price hikes we once undertook at the height of the pandemic and the simultaneous growth of unlimited cryptocurrency mining. With prices returning to something close to normal and falling at a slower pace, those who have persevered after a graphics card may feel compelled to take the plunge.

That said, we are nowhere near having all the options available to customers at any given time, and all the stock cards from AMD and Nvidia are sold out. While that does not help morale, it is worth noting that GPUs would normally be sold to under MSRP at around this time, as next generation cards are just around the corner. AMD unveils its long-awaited RX 7000 RDNA 3 GPUs later this year, while Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace architecture will drive the RTX 40 series cards when it comes to fall.

This leaves customers with a difficult predicament to either buy today close to retail or a small price increase, wait for prices to continue to fall, or risk waiting for the next generation of opportunities. We can not tell you which option to choose, but what I can say – with a wide grin on your face – ie.s that any of these choices beat lining the pockets of scammers.