Graphics card thirst is over

Graphics card prices have been reduced by 50% within half a year, users can buy their favorite models at the listed price of the manufacturer.

Technology writer Sean Holloster of The Verge said that after two years of waiting, he has just spent $ 599 (VND 14 million) to buy an RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card , equal to the manufacturer's suggested price (MSRP). .

Other models such as the standard RTX 3070, 3070 FE, 3070 Ti, Radeon RX 6750 XT, 6900 XT and 6950 XT are also available on store shelves. In the first six months of the year, the prices of most popular graphics cards have halved. Nvidia models like the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 fell the most. Some AMD models are even below the MSRP around $100.

In the second-hand market, GPU prices have also gone down and users can find a used 6900 XT model for 300 USD (7 million VND) while the MSRP is 999 USD (23.2 million VND). RTX 3080 used to cost up to nearly 2,000 USD (46.6 million VND) late last year, now it has dropped to 702 USD (16 million VND).

The average selling price of Nvidia RTX 3080 on eBay from June 2021 to June 2022. Photo: eBay

Market analysts say that the graphics card thirst of the past two years has really ended. However, whether this is the best period to buy a GPU remains to be seen.

The first is the age of the product, the chip used for the above graphics card models is two years old. In October 2020, a $500 RTX 3070 could be a bargain. But by July this year, when new models go on sale, users may regret buying old cards.

AMD's RTX 40 series and RDNA 3, due out this fall, both promise significant strides in performance. Therefore, users should consider buying an old graphics card, wait a few months for more new options.

In addition, GPU life is also a matter of concern to experts. Many older models have even been used for cryptocurrency mining during the past two years. Immediately after the price of cryptocurrencies plummeted, a large number of old graphics cards were "discharged" by miners into the market. Whether it's a gamer's card or a miner's card, users need to be careful when choosing to buy. If there is no experience, experts recommend that ordinary users should not be cheap, should buy new models without having to worry too much about being inflated.

Nvidia's CFO Colette Kress said that the current supply and demand of graphics cards is balanced and continues to be maintained. Meanwhile, Digitimes cited a number of supply chain reports suggesting that Nvidia and AMD may have too many spare graphics cards and are looking to cut orders due to overestimating market demand. .

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