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AMD RX 6000-series GPUs are much cheaper than Nvidia RTX 30-series cards

AMD RX 6000-series GPUs are much cheaper than Nvidia RTX 30-series cards

Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs have dropped in price much faster than their Nvidia counterparts, with AMD selling nearly all of its RDNA2-based products at MSRP or lower. Nvidia, on the other hand, still seems to be struggling with inflation issues, as nearly all of its RTX 30 lineup remains inflated relative to MSRP, with rates of up to 40%. Here’s how the prizes stack up currently (as of May 18).

For reference, we’ve gathered pricing data on only aftermarket Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, as they’re more widely available and AMD has stopped selling the RX 6700 XT, RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6800 XT reference graphics cards. RX 6900 XT in its own store. .

Nvidia’s RTX 30-series products have seen decent price drops since early 2022, but most of its product lineup is still suffering from steep price increases. The only exceptions are Nvidia’s high-end product stack. Only the RTX 3090 Ti (unsurprisingly) and RTX 3080 Ti sell for Nvidia’s official MSRP, but those MSRPs are already effectively marked up.

The RTX 3090 is landing in a weird place right now. It’s priced 13% above MSRP, with similar gaming performance to the 3080 Ti but with twice the VRAM. Apparently either the supply is limited and drives up the prices, or there is enough desire for a 24GB card that it can sustain a premium.

The rest of the Nvidia line unfortunately has much higher markups, ranging from 17% on the 3070 Ti to 40% on the 3060 Ti. The vanilla RTX 3070, 3070 Ti, and RTX 3080 10GB models are potential options at around 20% “inflation” from MSRP. The RTX 3060 might also be worth a look, at $410 right now.

The GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB remains an interesting curiosity. Depending on the card, performance can almost match the RTX 3080 Ti, and prices aren’t much higher than the 10GB variant. Nvidia never announced an MSRP for this model, but will pay $70 more for both GB of additional VRAM might be worth considering. You can almost get 3080 Ti performance levels and save $280.

Unfortunately, Nvidia’s “budget” RTX 3050 is one of its worst values ​​relative to MSRP. Currently, the cheapest model is still $330 at Newegg. The worst offender comes in the form of Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti, still sitting at 40% off MSRP. That’s probably because, based on MSRP, it would otherwise be one of the best values.

Note that we looked around at various outlets, but for Nvidia cards, Newegg turned out to be the best price in all cases. Well, the best prices assuming you don’t want to give eBay a chance.