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AMD Radeon RX 6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series cards are finally starting to drop from their inflated prices

It may take a while for current-generation graphics cards to get anywhere close to their MSRPs. (Image source: Forbes)
It may take a while for current-generation graphics cards to get anywhere close to their MSRPs. (Image source: Forbes)
Finding AMD or NVIDIA's latest desktop graphics cards at reasonable prices has been almost impossible since their launch. Not only has their scarcity pushed prices to insane levels, but it has also inflated the re-sale value of older cards. Thankfully, the prices of AMD Radeon RX 6000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series cards are now starting to come down.

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While sourcing a new AMD Radeon RX or NVIDIA GeForce RTX card from retailers has been improbable for months, there are signs that the desktop graphics market is improving for consumers. The situation remains dire in most cases, but prices have dropped considerably in the last month.

According to 3DCenter and Videocardz, the average price for a new GeForce RTX 3000 series card has dropped from 3x NVIDIA's MSRP in mid-May to 2x over a month later. The gap between AMD's MSRP and the current prices of the Radeon RX 6000 series is narrower, although it still stands at about 1.8x.

Ultimately, the Radeon RX 6000 and RTX 30 series remain overpriced, severely so for many models. However, a trend chart produced by u/gregable shows that prices peaked in mid-May and are now tracking downwards. While the chart shows prices relative to a card's ETH hash rate, the latter will not change unless NVIDIA applies a firmware update retroactively. 

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for AMD and NVIDIA's latest graphics cards. Both companies expected stock levels to improve heading into Q3 2021, although neither would get into specifics earlier this year. Unfortunately, the slope of the chart below suggests that desktop graphics card prices will probably remain above MSRP heading into 2022.

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(Image source: u/gregable)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-06-24 (Update: 2021-06-24)