AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT finally hits MSRP levels in some markets with prices also falling in the US
It seems the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is heading toward MSRP price levels for the first time in many months, and not too long before the expected launch of the upcoming Radeon RX 7000 series. Of course, it may be just a case of retailers (and scalpers) shifting their remaining stock of the current-gen cards before the next-gen boards, from both AMD and Nvidia, become the must-have item for gamers and PC builders alike.
Reports from both China and Germany have revealed that the Radeon RX 6900 XT in particular is one of the first RX 6000 series/GeForce RTX 30 series boards to hit region-specific MSRP. In China, a variant of the AMD graphics card has been listed at 9,399 yuan (still a hefty US$1,478; 7,999 yuan (US$1,257) for members), while current prices in Germany have been recorded at €1,080 (US$1,178). The current MSRP for the RX 6900 XT in Germany is reportedly €1,085 (US$1,183).
Meanwhile, US retailers such as Best Buy and Newegg have been slashing the prices of RX 6900 XT boards. At the time of writing, Best Buy had an ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT Phantom Gaming D graphics card in stock listed for US$1,149.99 (reduced by 23% from US$1,499.99), while Newegg had an MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Z Trio available to buy for US$1,399.99 (down US$350 from US$1,749.99).
Other cards also seem to be getting closer to the MSRP levels, such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti, which are listed in German retailers at prices only slightly above current MSRP, apparently at +2% higher and +6% higher, respectively. At one point, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT was listed at 2 to 2.5x its MSRP price, with the COVID-19 pandemic, crypto mining boom, scalping practices, and part shortages all contributing to exorbitant graphics card pricing tactics.