June 2, 2023
We don't have a shortage of GPUs but it seems

2022 was a curler coaster for us GPU prices. Costs began excessive, dropped in the midst of the yr when the crypto growth was on the breaking point, and now GPU costs are holding regular at far more affordable prices. Or at the very least in comparison with the very excessive costs we noticed through the GPU scarcity.

we aren’t elsewhere GPU shortage, however I nonetheless bought a couple of messages from readers enthusiastic about how costly GPUs are proper now. Heading into 2023, I wished to try the present state of the GPU market and the place it might go, however extra importantly, decipher the distinction between excessive GPU costs and an actual GPU scarcity.

No scarcity of GPUs right here

RTX 4080 logo on pink background.
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In September I boldly claimed that, RTX 4090 won’t cause another GPU woes. In the event you’ve tried to purchase an RTX 4090 since launch, I am certain you’ll be able to think about the well-known egg in my face. Whereas I stand by this authentic level, there are some nuances to it, particularly months after the RTX 4090 hit retailer cabinets.

let’s begin with RTX 4090. Since launch, it is out of inventory, at the very least at main retailers like Newegg and Micro Middle. You may nonetheless purchase a brand new card from marketplaces like Newegg or Amazon, however you may spend at the very least $2,200. Many playing cards go over $2,500.

We’ve loads of proof to point out that we aren’t experiencing GPU shortages.

The used market is just not excellent. The minimal on eBay is $2,000 when you get a deal, however once more, you may spend $2,200 on the overwhelming majority of playing cards, and even over $2,500 in some circumstances. This sounds lots like GPU boredom. The last-gen RTX 3090 bought for $1,500 ($100 lower than the RTX 4090) and, on the peak of its shortage, went for about $2,500.

Nonetheless, we’ve loads of proof pointing within the different path. For starters, Nvidia’s RTX 4080 saw pathetic sales. Scalpers can’t promote them above checklist worth on eBay, and a few declare they’ve unsuccessfully tried to return the playing cards in heaps. In line with Hassan Mujtaba of Wccftech, Nvidia shipped greater than 4 instances the RTX 4090s in comparison with the RTX 4080s.

NVIDIA 4080 transport models:


NVIDIA 4090 transport models:


Complete RTX 40 transport models:


NVIDIA’s 4090 was just about bought out when it was launched.

Retailers nonetheless have the 4080 in inventory. 😶‍🌫️😶‍🌫️

— Hasan Mücteba (@hms1193) 19 November 2022

Even when these numbers are mistaken, you needn’t look any additional than the stock. RTX 4080 graphics playing cards. On the time of writing, Newegg has six fashions in inventory at checklist worth. And at my native Micro Middle alone, there are greater than 30 playing cards obtainable in two fashions. Even horrible GPUs just like the final era RX 6500XT It ran out inside hours through the GPU scarcity, however the RTX 4080 is prepared about two months after launch.

The identical goes for AMD’s not too long ago launched merchandise. RX 7900XT, however not the far more common RX 7900 XTX. In the event you’re looking for newest era playing cards, you’ll be able to principally discover any RTX 30 sequence or RX 6000 graphics card from a serious retailer.

The state of affairs we’re in proper now is just not a GPU scarcity. In the event you bear in mind the previous couple of years, all was out of inventory and marked on the used market. This case is unique to the RTX 4090 and maybe the RX 7900 XTX, however we’re nonetheless very near AMD’s launch.

Excessive GPU costs are a unique matter

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU.
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We’re not experiencing one other GPU scarcity, however the results of 1 nonetheless linger. Excessive GPU costs nonetheless prevail. Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, bought plenty of encouragement for saying it. Falling GPU prices are a thing of the pastand rightly so. However on reflection, it was a unusually prophetic assertion.

We have lined the RTX 4090, however even the clearly unpopular RTX 4080 is far more costly than it must be. You could find one mannequin, the PNY XLR8 Gaming Verto, for an inventory worth of $1,200. Each different card obtainable sells for $1,300 or extra. Board accomplice playing cards are all the time costlier than checklist worth, however after the low gross sales and the already excessive MSRP, are they between $100 and $200? That is troublesome to justify.

The final era choices are worse. This RTX 3080It begins at round $900, though it is over two years outdated, which ought to retail at $700. Down the stack, Nvidia’s costs are higher. The RTX 3060 Ti is about $50 above checklist worth, identical to the RTX 3060, and the RTX 3070 Ti is $100 above checklist worth. Nonetheless, it is necessary to recollect the age of those playing cards. They’re the final generations and they need to promote for now. little greater than checklist worth at this level

Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition on pink background.
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These costs are distinctive to Nvidia, and AMD’s GPUs present plenty of context for the place GPU costs must be. AMD’s RX 6950 XT It debuted at $1,100, however you’ll be able to at the moment discover fashions in inventory for round $800. Nvidia’s rival RTX 3090 Ti is offered in a refurbished capability for round $1,200. That is low cost under the cardboard’s $2,000 checklist worth, nevertheless it’s additionally the identical worth. Nvidia announced in August 2022.

Equally, AMD’s RX 6650 XT is $50 to $100 under checklist worth, and the RX 6750 XT (competing with Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti) is as much as $150 under checklist worth. The one outlier right here is the RX 6800 XT, which, just like the RTX 3080, sells nicely above checklist worth (about $200 above checklist worth for AMD and Nvidia).

AMD RX 6950 XT installed on a PC.
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Again in August, when Nvidia stated it had “Excess inventory” of RTX 30 series GPUs, the writing was already on the partitions. Nvidia’s pricing this era is far more costly than the earlier one. The RTX 4080 prices $500 greater than the cardboard it changed, and rumored RTX 4070 Ti equally it may very well be greater than the final era RTX 3070 Ti. Nvidia, which has a lot increased costs, doesn’t need to compete with its final era merchandise and might proceed to promote at or above the checklist worth.

Evaluate that to what AMD has performed. The RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT take up the area occupied by the newest era flagships, inflicting costs to drop. Let’s not be naive right here although. Whereas it is true that AMD’s fastened costs have slashed the price of last-gen choices, Nvidia owns about 90% stake The desktop GPU market wants decrease costs for AMD to remain aggressive. Not on Nvidia.

GPU outlook for 2023

AMD's RX 7900 XTX fits the mold.

I hope we are going to see an enormous drop in GPU costs throughout 2023 and there are two causes for this. First, the RTX 4080. Prospects voted with their wallets and made it clear that the worth of this card was unacceptable, and I do not suppose Nvidia will proceed to launch playing cards with comparable markups in the event that they proceed to see low gross sales.

The second cause is that we’ve handed the flagship stage. All through 2023, AMD and Nvidia will launch GPUs decrease of their product stacks, and that is once we’ll begin to see current-gen and last-gen GPU costs actually compete. AMD has already put some strain on Nvidia with the RX 7900 XTX additionally opposing the RTX 4080. Within the $300-$500 worth vary, a equally aggressive GPU from AMD will drive Nvidia’s hand.

But there isn’t any doubt that AMD and Nvidia It desires to maintain GPU costs as excessive as attainable. That is why they’re within the GPU enterprise. Whereas I’ve praised the RX 7900 XTX right here for its aggressive pricing in opposition to the RTX 4080, it is necessary to notice that AMD’s RX 7900 XT can be far costlier than it must be. If AMD had a grip on the GPU market like Nvidia has, we would in all probability see equally excessive costs from Staff Purple.

Actual competitors is mid-range, the place a distinction of $50 or $100 is all it takes to affect a shopping for choice. 2023 ought to deliver these mid-range playing cards and hopefully the excessive GPU costs we’re seeing now begin to dwindle then. In spite of everything, our GPU scarcity is over.

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