Nvidia

Need a new GPU? AMD is much cheaper than Nvidia right now

Need a new GPU?  AMD is much cheaper than Nvidia right now

Prices for AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 line of graphics cards continue to drop, while Team Green GPUs remain the most expensive option for gamers due to strong demand for the RTX 30 series.

Like reported by HardwareUnboxed and video cardzan analysis of video card costs on major US online retailer Newegg shows an interesting situation for the GPU industry.

The average price of a Radeon RX 6000 graphics card has increased by 5% over the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). However, cards such as the RX 6900XT, 6600XT, and 6500XT can actually be purchased for less than their original retail price.

That said, there is a notable caveat: the RX 6800 series in particular is currently being sold at a premium of 31%. If the popular RX 6800 model itself were not included in the price report, VideoCardz notes that average price inflation would equal 2.4% for the entire range. More generally, prices fell by an average of 8% from one month to the next (from April to May).

Meanwhile, Nvidia’s RTX 30 series is currently priced 24% above MSRP. Still, the range has been subject to an average price drop of 6% from April to May, suggesting that while we’re not out of the woods yet, costs are nonetheless approaching MSRP.

A closer look at the graph shows that even Nvidia’s entry-level GPUs fall far short of their MSRPs. For example, the GeForce RTX 3050 (MSRP $250) saw its price increase from $315 in April to $330 in May. Nvidia is reportedly set to launch a sub-$200 card at the end of this month.

So why are AMD’s cards on the verge of hitting MSRP or – in some cases, even falling below the original price – while Nvidia’s offerings remain the more expensive alternative? There are a few reasons to consider.

First, the RTX 30 series has always been more popular among the gaming community, especially the enthusiast segment, due to its technical capabilities – this will inevitably drive the pent-up demand accumulated during the shortage largely towards Team Green boards. .

Second, scalpers are always naturally trying to make as much profit as possible by buying cards and reselling them on third-party marketplaces, which is part of why you’re seeing inflated prices even for entry-level and entry-level RTX 30 graphics cards. midrange. .

AMD even recently released a comparison chart showing how its own Radeon RX 6000 line delivers more performance per dollar (up to 89% in some cases) compared to the RTX 3000 line. demand to Team Red’s GPUs is another discussion altogether.

For now at least, it looks like Nvidia’s cards are the go-to option for gamers, as evidenced by Newegg’s GPU bestseller list, which is dominated by Team Green, despite the higher prices.

One thing is certain, however; with next-gen around the corner, you’d probably be better off waiting a few more months before buying a new GPU. Once the RTX 40 series hits the market, prices for the RTX 30 lineup will naturally trend lower as retailers aim to get rid of existing stock.

Editors’ Recommendations