Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs have come down in value considerably faster than Nvidia’s counterparts, with AMD promoting virtually all of its RDNA2-based merchandise at MSRP or decrease. Nvidia then again is seemingly nonetheless combating inflation points, as almost all of its RTX 30-series lineup stay inflated over MSRP, with charges going as excessive as 40%. This is how costs are stacking up presently (as of Might 18th).
For reference, we’ve got gathered pricing information on Nvidia and AMD’s aftermarket graphics playing cards alone, since they’re extra extensively accessible and AMD has stopped promoting reference RX 6700 XT, RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT graphics playing cards at its personal retailer.
Nvidia’s RTX 30-series merchandise have seen first rate value declines for the reason that begin of 2022, however most of its product stack nonetheless suffers from extreme value markups. The one exceptions are Nvidia’s high-end product stack. Solely the RTX 3090 Ti (unsurprisingly) and RTX 3080 Ti are promoting at Nvidia’s official MSRP, however these MSRPs are successfully marked up already.
The RTX 3090 lands in a wierd spot proper now. It is priced 13% over MSRP, with gaming efficiency that is just like the 3080 Ti however with twice the VRAM. Apparently, both provide is restricted and driving costs up, or there’s sufficient need for a 24GB card that it may possibly keep one thing of a premium.
The remainder of Nvidia’s lineup sadly have a lot larger markups, starting from 17% on the 3070 Ti to 40% on the 3060 Ti. The vanilla RTX 3070, 3070 Ti, and RTX 3080 10GB are potential choices at round 20% “inflation” relative to the MSRPs. The RTX 3060 may additionally be value a glance, at $410 proper now.
The GeForce RTX 3080 12GB stays an fascinating curiosity. Relying on the cardboard, efficiency can almost match the RTX 3080 Ti, and costs aren’t that a lot larger than the 10GB variant. Nvidia by no means introduced an MSRP for this mannequin, however paying $70 extra for the additional 2GB VRAM may be value contemplating. You possibly can virtually get 3080 Ti ranges of efficiency and save $280.
Sadly, Nvidia’s “budget-friendly” RTX 3050 is one among its worst values in comparison with MSRP. Presently, the most cost effective mannequin nonetheless prices $330 at Newegg. The worst offender comes within the type of Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti, nonetheless sitting at an eye-watering 40% over MSRP. That is most likely as a result of, based mostly on MSRP, it could in any other case be the most effective values.
Be aware that we seemed round at varied shops, however for Nvidia playing cards Newegg ended up as one of the best value in each case. Nicely, finest costs assuming you do not need to give eBay a shot.
RX 6000-series costs are faring a lot better than their Nvidia’s counterparts, and with the assistance of AMD’s new RX “6×50 XT” playing cards, costs are actually much more in favor of AMD.
Practically each RDNA 2 card might be discovered round MSRP, or probably with as much as a ten% low cost. The one exceptions are the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, that are presently going at 23% and 31% over MSRP nonetheless. Once more, that is maybe due to the “too good to be true” launch costs, as these playing cards are likely to compete effectively in opposition to Nvidia’s RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 GPUs.
The largest low cost at current comes within the type of the RX 6900 XT, presently going for as little as $900 on Newegg. In fact, that card has almost the identical specs because the decrease priced RX 6800 XT — it is solely about 7% sooner at finest. The vanilla RX 6600 additionally goes for 9% lower than MSRP, making it an awesome worth because it simply eclipses the RTX 3050 basically gaming efficiency.
Be aware that AMD has mentioned it’ll preserve promoting the RX 6900 XT and RX 6700 XT, whereas the RX 6600 XT can be phased out, to get replaced by the RX 6650 XT. You may get a 6600 XT at MSRP proper now, however we anticipate costs to worsen as provide dries up.
AMD Takes the Lead for Now
For now, AMD simply wins the value wars in opposition to Nvidia at virtually each value bracket, with extra assist from its current RX 6×50 playing cards. This would possibly win some extra mindshare to staff purple, as Nvidia nonetheless stays the much more in style choice amongst mainstream players.
It stays unclear how lengthy AMD can have this lead. Graphics costs as a complete are nonetheless trending downwards each month, that means that in just a few month’s time, Nvidia ought to have many extra playing cards at MSRP in comparison with immediately. However we’d additionally see AMD’s GPUs begin falling effectively under MSRP, which was comparatively frequent up to now (e.g. with the RX 5000-series previous to 2020).
Subsequent-generation graphics playing cards are additionally on the horizon. Many rumors have reported an unexpectedly early July launch for the RTX 40 sequence graphics playing cards, which if true may change the GPU panorama utterly. We anticipate Nvidia Ada GPUs to ship nice efficiency, although we do not know the way a lot they will value. AMD in the meantime ought to launch its RX 7000-series GPUs based mostly on RDNA 3 later within the 12 months, we anticipate within the This fall timeframe.
Should you’re wanting to buy a graphics card proper now, AMD presents some good values. Nonetheless, with costs in freefall, shopping for a quickly to be earlier era GPU proper earlier than the brand new playing cards arrive may not be sensible. However that is what we mentioned in 2020, simply earlier than the RTX 30-series launched, and all of us noticed how that turned out. This is hoping GPU historical past does not repeat itself in 2022.