Slowing sales of mid-range 8GB GPUs reportedly pushing VRAM constrained boards out of consumer consideration
We reported last week that, according to an EEC listing by Gigabyte, the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 7600 and the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti will seemingly have 8 GB of VRAM. The news will disappoint many consumers who might have been hoping for mid-range boards with more than 8 GB memory capacities, as modern PC games are increasingly becoming memory-limited even at 1080p.
As it turns out, consumers may be reconsidering buying VRAM-constrained cards if the GPU sales data from TechEpiphany (aggregated by 3DCenter) is any indication.
According to 3DCenter’s report, TechEpiphany’s GPU sales data from the German retailer MindFactory reveals that, in the 4th week of this year, the top ten best-selling boards on MindFactory had 4.5 entries with 8 GB of VRAM. The top-selling card was the RTX 3060 which comes in both an 8 and 12 GB memory configuration, hence the fractional result.
Fast forward to week 17 and the list of the top ten most sold GPUs on MindFactory was dominated by cards with more than 8 GB of VRAM, as there are only 1.5 GPUs with 8 GB of memory. The previous chart-topper, the RTX 3060, is relegated to the 5th spot with only 240 pieces sold vs the 490 in week 4.
All in all, if TechEpiphany’s data is accurate, consumers may actually be voting with their wallets this time around. Only time will tell whether AMD and NVIDIA will take the hint and launch mid-range GPUs with >8GB of VRAM.
Interesting difference in Mindfactory's GPU sales between last week and year's start, data by @TechEpiphany— 3DCenter.org (@3DCenter_org) May 4, 2023
???? Top 10 list in W4 includes 4½ SKUs with 8 GB VRAM, in W17 only 1½
???? RTX 3070 & 3070Ti sold 330 pcs combined in W4, 60 pcs combined in W17https://t.co/gtGxex7nu2 pic.twitter.com/HC2AJzcIPq