It’s not a secret. Between gamers looking for the latest graphics and the demand from crypto miners, GPUs are really hard to come by lately which also makes them incredibly expensive. Last month we saw them selling at their highest prices since April in Germany and Austria, and it looks like the trend will continue.
According to reports from 3DCenter and unboxed hardware (Going through Videocardz) Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, like the RTX 3080, are still extremely expensive in these European markets. Cards sell for 95% more than their recommended retail price, and many are more than twice as expensive as they should be. This places an RTX 3080 which is expected to sell for an MSRP of 719 EUR at an average cost of 1,500 EUR, or around 1,260 GBP or close to 1,700 USD.
Other statistics suggest that cards like AMD Radeon RX 6000 have lost value slightly. This is largely thanks to the increase in the number of regular RX6800s on the market and the lower average price compared to the more powerful and expensive 6800 XTs. The average is still around 200% of their regular retail cost, and that’s one year after their original release. The situation looks rather gloomy.
Fortunately, we didn’t return to the ridiculous highs in May, where Nvidia Geforce 30 Series cards were fetching over 300% of their proper price. Cards continue to get more expensive pretty much everywhere, but you might still find some great deals in our Black Friday listings. Right now, it’s even worth looking at prebuilt PCs, and it’s way better than paying the prices for scalpers.
If you want to learn more about current chip shortages, like what it is and why it still happens, check out our neat explanation. If you just want some help trying to get a GPU in this silicon wasteland, we’ve got some tips for you as well.