GPU prices are in free drop. This is excellent news for gamblers looking to get their hands on the latest graphics cards, which have long been sold out or coded at very high prices over the past few years thanks to the global shortage of semiconductors as well as other external factors. However, this appears to be changing. We previously reported that GPU prices were set to drop in March, and that brands like ASUS have already tweaked their MSRPs to be lower than what we’ve seen for a very long time. Expectations were that pricing was set to drop about 11%, but after we take a look at some other examples around the world, the GPU’s price is down as much as 37% to match original MSRP prices after years of being inflated.
RTX 3080 Prices Drop 35% in Australia
As reported by HardwareUnboxed, the price of the RTX 3080 is currently dropping lower. We’ve seen ASUS cut prices in the UK by about 10%, but seeing the RTX 3080 drop in price by 35% is unprecedented, and that could be due to a combination of several factors. First, there are now more chips going on, which means you can get the RTX 3080 easier than ever before. With more shipments coming to shore, and supply and demand starting to return to normal across the market, you can expect previously inflated prices to drop now.
This can also be attributed to speculators not wanting to buy the cards, as cryptocurrency prices continue to drop, and there are more attractive options in the market for dedicated mining cards. Second, scalpers may now be less attracted to cards because of this, as the majority of people who buy a high-volume graphics card will either be someone who has a lot of money to burn or someone who knows they’re going to make money. In time by mining. This spillover effect is exacerbated as factories resume production to their maximum capacity, after being affected by shutdowns due to the global pandemic.
But, one of the most important factors involved in this is that the manufacturing process is now much more mature, compared to what it was just a few years ago when Ampere cards were launched. With factories closed in the middle of the pandemic, foundries have had to repeatedly halt this process until more stable production can resume. This has almost certainly had an impact on the industry, as manufacturing nodes on chips must be mature to ensure chip yields improve as the seed process matures. You can expect the supply limitations on Lovelace and RDNA3 to be somewhat similar, as those upcoming chips will use new processing nodes again.
RTX 3090s is now 37% cheaper in Germany
In Germany and Austria, RTX 3090 prices are down about 37% compared to their prices in May 2021. This is also unprecedented, and already reflects the cards getting more supply but also the demand for the cards has gone down as well. Nearly every card is getting cheaper, priced less inflated, as savings funnels down to the consumer, and the latest reports that prices will drop have been proven true, we didn’t know this drop would be so surprising. and exciting. We can only hope that the factors involved in acquiring these cards will remain stable for as long as possible, as they enable more actual gamers to get their hands on the GPU than speculators or miners, who are now seemingly uninterested in the GPU. The market after the aforementioned crash in cryptocurrency prices.
The RTX 3090 is one of the most valuable GPUs, but also one of the most expensive as well. Therefore, the demand for the card will be less. This significant drop in demand may not be reflected in many consumer-friendly cards like the RTX 3060, so you should instead expect a 10% drop in prices, if previous reports are to be believed.
More cards in the stack means more GPUs to sell
Before Nvidia could release a full line of Ampere graphics cards, I was limited by the number of options on sale, which meant fewer options for consumers and, ultimately, fewer cards on the market. This was a calculated tactic by the company as they revised the binning process on each chip, helping the company sort out future chips. For example, chips that were made and not cut into the RTX 3080 soon became the RTX 3070 Ti, but a large number of chips had to be placed in the 3070 Ti class after the RTX 3080 was released in order to be released. Therefore, the chips that failed the binning of the 3080 had to be forwarded to the 3070 Ti, and the inventory had to build up from there before the card was released to the world. It can often take up to a few years to see the full stack of chips being released, now that we’re finally here with the Ampere cards. Naturally, availability will improve as each card will be put into their own little denomination, and consumers will have more choices of what type of card they want to buy as well.
Ultimately, this is good news for the consumer, even if it means more restricted stock levels approaching launch. It’s hard to get a good picture of what’s going on behind the scenes at the foundry, or what many of these companies are planning. But, one thing is for sure, GPU stocks are starting to stabilise, and hopefully, the end of the massive GPU shortage that has plagued us for years will come with it.
We’re about to get out of the woods guys, let’s keep our bombers across until the good news continues.