Things aren’t “back to normal” yet, but GPU prices are steadily falling

By | April 11, 2022


Enlarge / The RTX 3080 Ti. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Graphics card prices remain hugely inflated compared to a few years ago, but the good news is that things finally seem to be getting consistently better and not worse.

To quantify this, Jarred Walton at Tom’s Hardware and analyst Jon Peddie pulled together data on current and historical GPU pricing. The only modern card consistently tracking close to its manufacturer-suggested retail price of $199 is the harshly reviewed AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT, which is currently selling for an average of $220, according to Peddie’s data, and $237 according to Walton’s. But across the board, prices are way down from their 2021 peaks.

Data from Graphic Speak's Jon Peddie, comparing the current and peak prices for a handful of current-generation GPUs. Note that the RTX 3050 and RTX 6500 XT launched in early 2022; their prices were never as inflated as some of the higher-end models.

Data from Graphic Speak’s Jon Peddie, comparing the current and peak prices for a handful of current-generation GPUs. Note that the RTX 3050 and RTX 6500 XT launched in early 2022; their prices were never as inflated as some of the higher-end models. (credit: Graphic Speak)

Pricing for Nvidia’s RTX 3080 demonstrates where the market sits right now—the card is currently selling for between $1,200 and $1,300 on average, and you can buy some models on retail sites like Newegg for as low as $1,000. The cost is still way up from the card’s MSRP of $699, but it’s down nearly a third from its peak price of $1,800.

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