The GPU Market Lastly Offers In, Nvidia Costs Drop

Welcome again to our GPU pricing replace sequence. We actually believed this month would stay comparatively uneventful within the GPU market till each Nvidia and AMD determined to get the ball rolling with their new mid-range and mainstream GPUs.

Nvidia simply introduced the RTX 4060 sequence a number of days in the past, and we’re anticipating news from AMD in regards to the Radeon RX 7600 any day now. This example has prompted a substantial quantity of exercise within the GPU market, making it a subject value discussing for anybody considering buying a brand new GPU within the close to future.

The first disruption to the market is the announcement of the RTX 4060 sequence, which Nvidia formally unveiled earlier this week. We suggest trying out our news recap to glean all of the specs and efficiency estimates.

Nevertheless, the important factors to notice for this text are that three new GPUs will likely be getting into the market shortly. We have the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB launching subsequent week at $400, adopted by the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB at $500 and the RTX 4060 at $300, each slated for launch in July.

These merchandise will exert value strain on present gadgets available in the market, and this has already begun to transpire even earlier than these playing cards have been formally introduced. It appears that evidently Nvidia is at the least making some strikes to filter out present inventory of mid-range fashions, and we anticipate this development to proceed and intensify across the launch of the brand new 40 sequence GPUs.

This situation precipitates a number of intriguing dilemmas. For GPU consumers, it would imply that buying an older 30 sequence GPU is the correct transfer, as pricing at the moment seems affordable and will doubtlessly supply an honest deal. Nevertheless, it additionally complicates Nvidia’s process of convincing consumers to go for their new 40 sequence fashions, at the least whereas shares of those playing cards stay.

GeForce RTX 30 sequence pricing

  MSRP Lowest Worth March Lowest Worth April Lowest Worth Could Present Worth Inflation Improve Apr to Could
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti $2,000 No inventory No inventory No inventory n/a  
GeForce RTX 3090 $1,500 No inventory No inventory No inventory n/a  
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti $1,200 No inventory No inventory No inventory n/a  
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB n/a No inventory No inventory No inventory n/a  
GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $700 No inventory No inventory No inventory n/a  
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti $600 $600 $540 $505 -16% -6%
GeForce RTX 3070 $500 $500 $500 $450 -10% -10%
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti $400 $420 $410 $390 -3% -5%
GeForce RTX 3060 $330 $340 $340 $340 3% 0%
GeForce RTX 3050 $250 $280 $280 $285 14% 2%
        Common -2% -4%

As an example, if we observe 30 sequence GPU pricing on Newegg in the meanwhile for the most affordable brand-new in-stock fashions, we have seen respectable value cuts for each the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3070 this month. The RTX 3070 Ti has plummeted to a brand new low of $505, down from $600 simply two months in the past, whereas the RTX 3070 has decreased to $450 – the primary time ever this card has been accessible beneath its MSRP.

Whereas these costs aren’t particularly spectacular, notably for the 3070 Ti given the constraints of getting simply 8GB of VRAM, they make the RTX 4060 Ti a much less enticing buy compared.

Simply days in the past, our most important dialogue across the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB concerned evaluating it to each the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070. It is nonetheless true that the 4060 Ti ought to supply roughly 15% extra efficiency than the 3060 Ti on the identical value; the 3060 Ti remains to be priced at $390 right now, so we have but to see flash gross sales pushing that card out the door.

Nevertheless, the 4060 Ti was additionally anticipated to ship roughly RTX 3070 ranges of efficiency at a $100 low cost, however this low cost has now shrunk to simply $50 whereas shares final for the 3070.

This example implies that the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB, priced at $500, will ship comparable efficiency ranges to the 3070 at a $50 premium, with the upper value solely masking the additional VRAM, 16GB versus 8GB. Nvidia would certainly wish to transfer the 3070 and 3070 Ti off the cabinets earlier than July to keep away from such a comparability, as a result of the hefty $100 premium for 16GB of VRAM will seem far much less interesting when the 3070 affords the identical efficiency for much less, albeit with VRAM constraints. One can perceive why these kinds of gross sales have begun, and we would count on even additional reductions to begin shortly, notably for fashions just like the RTX 3060 Ti.

What hasn’t been affected but is the pricing for the RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 as a result of introduction of the RTX 4060. With the 4060’s debut set for July and the uncertainty surrounding its value and specs till just some days in the past, there was no value motion for the decrease finish of Nvidia’s line-up. Nevertheless, now that we all know the 4060 is coming and is priced at $300, it is exceedingly difficult to justify both 30 sequence mannequin. The RTX 3060, priced at $340, prices $40 extra and can probably carry out notably slower, though it does supply 4GB extra VRAM – but, that looks like a tricky promote to us.

The RTX 3050 seems even much less interesting, with that mannequin priced round $280 way back to September of 2022, with no makes an attempt to scale back this card to its $250 MSRP. At $280, we consider this mannequin ought to completely not be bought beneath any circumstances. The RTX 3060 is already round 35% quicker than the RTX 3050, and Nvidia claims an additional 20% enchancment for the 4060 over the 3060, with the identical VRAM capability because the 3050. Combining these features implies that by July, you’ll buy a GPU for simply $20 greater than the 3050 that delivers 60% higher efficiency – although it is value noting that the 3050 was not notably spectacular even earlier than we realized in regards to the 4060, as it has been outperformed in worth by AMD’s RX 6600 for months now.

With this in thoughts, in our opinion, the RTX 3050 needs to be priced at not more than $200 at current, ideally sitting at round $180, and we undoubtedly wouldn’t suggest buying it above $200. The RTX 3060 also needs to drop to $250 to be aggressive towards Nvidia’s new fashions – these are the types of costs required if Nvidia needs to start out clearing these from the market, and realistically they’d in all probability should be even cheaper in the event that they goal to clear them earlier than the RTX 4060 arrives.

Radeon RX 6000 sequence pricing

  MSRP Lowest Worth March Lowest Worth April Lowest Worth Could Present Worth Inflation Worth Improve Apr to Could
Radeon 6950 XT $1,100 $680 $630 $630 -43% 0%
Radeon 6900 XT $1,000 No inventory No inventory No inventory n/a  
Radeon 6800 XT $650 $565 $540 $510 -22% -6%
Radeon 6800 $580 $465 $470 $485 -16% 3%
Radeon 6750 XT $550 $380 $380 $380 -31% 0%
Radeon 6700 XT $480 $360 $350 $320 -33% -9%
Radeon 6650 XT $400 $260 $260 $260 -35% 0%
Radeon 6600 XT $380 $270 $255 $255 -33% 0%
Radeon 6600 $330 $225 $200 $200 -39% 0%
Radeon 6500 XT $200 $160 $160 $160 -20% 0%
Radeon 6400 $160 $135 $135 $135 -16% 0%
        Common -29% -1%

On the AMD aspect of the market, there’s been much less value motion and no noticeable efforts to filter out RX 6600 sequence GPUs previous to the launch of the brand new Radeon RX 7600. Pricing for the RX 6650 XT by way of to the RX 6400 has remained pretty constant over the previous few months, which may indicate one in all two situations.

Both this was already AMD’s flash sale value and so they started clearing out playing cards months in the past however nonetheless have a big provide left; or AMD is not notably involved with discontinuing older fashions earlier than their new card launches. It is laborious to find out their technique at this stage, however we’re positive we’ll acquire extra perception when the RX 7600 is formally unveiled and now we have a clearer concept of its pricing and efficiency.

Nevertheless, a few playing cards have skilled notable value reductions. The Radeon 6800 XT is now accessible for simply $510, down from $540 final month, and $570 earlier than that. This aggressive value, if provide stays regular by way of July, will exert substantial strain on the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB.

With the Radeon 6800 XT additionally providing 16GB of VRAM and delivering efficiency about 30% increased than the RTX 3070 – which needs to be just like the 4060 Ti primarily based on Nvidia’s figures – AMD needs to be extremely aggressive right here. This additionally reinforces our perception that the $100 premium for the 16GB 4060 Ti is extreme, and in actuality, there ought to solely be one 4060 Ti mannequin, ideally the 16GB mannequin priced at not more than $400.

The Radeon RX 6700 XT additionally continues to be accessible at a lowered value, now having dropped to simply $320. This mannequin, together with the RX 6700 non-XT at $280, are more likely to exert an excessive amount of strain on the RTX 4060 and RX 7600 from a aggressive standpoint.

We do not know a lot in regards to the RX 7600 but, however the RTX 4060 is priced at $300, solely $20 cheaper than the present 6700 XT asking value. The 6700 XT is roughly 30% quicker than an RTX 3060 in our testing, so that may actually current an intriguing battle concerning components resembling price per body and VRAM limitations, because the 6700 XT is a 12GB card.

As we look at the RTX 30 sequence and RX 6000 sequence, it seems that we’re heading into a captivating few months. Each Nvidia and AMD are poised to introduce new mid-range GPUs right into a market that appears to nonetheless be saturated with previous fashions accessible for buy. The RTX 3070, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6700 XT are more likely to exert appreciable aggressive strain on the brand new fashions, and we count on costs for different fashions (particularly the RTX 3050) to start out declining quickly.

New GPU Pricing: Present Technology

One constant development seems to be that the majority PC avid gamers at the moment present little curiosity in buying a brand new GPU. Demand is low in the meanwhile, provide is robust, and graphics card distributors have struggled to persuade consumers that new merchandise are important.

We’re nonetheless listening to from retailers that gross sales volumes for GPUs are comparatively poor, even for the latest launches. This example explains why playing cards on the producer’s recommended retail value (MSRP) are extensively accessible.

  MSRP Lowest Worth March Lowest Worth April Lowest Worth Could Present Worth Inflation Improve Apr to Could
GeForce RTX 4090 $1,600 $1,650 $1,600 $1,590 -1% -1%
GeForce RTX 4080 $1,200 $1,200 $1,150 $1,120 -7% -3%
GeForce RTX 4070 Ti $800 $815 $800 $800 0% 0%
GeForce RTX 4070 $800   $600 $590 -2% -2%
Radeon RX 7900 XTX $1,000 $1,000 $960 $955 -5% -1%
Radeon RX 7900 XT $900 $800 $780 $760 -16% -3%
Intel Arc A770 16GB $350 $350 $350 $400 14% 14%
Intel Arc A770 8GB $320 $320 $290 $330 -3% 14%
Intel Arc A750 $290 $250 $250 $230 -21% -8%
Intel Arc A380 $140 $140 $140 $140 0% 0%
        Common -3% 1%

In actuality, we should not even name them MSRP playing cards, as most fashions are already promoting for beneath their MSRP within the US and different areas. The RTX 4090, for instance, is priced just below MSRP, whereas the RTX 4080 is now promoting for as little as $1120 (nonetheless too excessive in our opinion). The Radeon 7900 XTX is simply $955 and the RX 7900 XT is priced at $760 – a stark admission that the $900 MSRP was considerably overestimated.

It is solely the RTX 4070 Ti that is maintained its $800 MSRP; even the RTX 4070 has began to drop barely beneath its marketed value. Solely Intel Arc GPUs have risen in value, which appears to be extra associated to provide and the top of flash gross sales.

The overall sentiment amongst consumers, nonetheless, is that these costs are nonetheless too excessive. Only a few persons are interested by an RTX 4080 at $1100, and the identical goes for the RTX 4070 at $600. Most fashions will want substantial reductions to start out promoting rapidly, which could by no means occur or is perhaps a really gradual course of.

Nvidia appears extra inclined to scale back manufacturing than decrease costs considerably, though the RTX 4080 affords some indication they’re prepared to regulate. In the meantime, AMD’s technique appears to be to soak up criticism at launch for a excessive value, solely to virtually instantly decrease that value. A curious method certainly.

Used GPU pricing

  MSRP Newegg Lowest Worth Could eBay Used Worth April eBay Used Worth Could Used Worth Hike Apr to Could Low cost Used vs New
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti $2,000 No inventory $991 $872 -12%  
GeForce RTX 3090 $1,500 No inventory $748 $743 -1%  
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti $1,200 No inventory $654 $587 -10%  
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB n/a No inventory $591 $532 -10%  
GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $700 No inventory $519 $452 -13%  
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti $600 $505 $438 $392 -11% -22%
GeForce RTX 3070 $500 $450 $360 $326 -9% -28%
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti $400 $390 $302 $288 -5% -26%
GeForce RTX 3060 $330 $340 $273 $263 -4% -23%
GeForce RTX 3050 $250 $285 $190 $218 15% -24%
        Common -6% -24%

There’s promising news for the used GPU market this month, too, notably for previous-gen GPUs. After a number of months of comparatively stagnant pricing, Could has witnessed extra substantial value drops for the RTX 30 sequence. The general market has decreased by a mean of 6%, with some playing cards experiencing double-digit share drops.

This permits the used market to maintain tempo with new product pricing; the debut of recent fashions just like the RTX 4070 makes it unsustainable to promote a used RTX 3080 for $590, for example, when the 4070 is quicker and prices $600 new. This is the reason we’re seeing fairly affordable value drops for many fashions within the mid to excessive vary, and I anticipate it will speed up for the decrease segments of the market within the coming months.

  MSRP Newegg Lowest Worth Could eBay Used Worth April eBay Used Worth Could Used Worth Hike Apr to Could Low cost Used vs New
Radeon 6950 XT $1,100 $630 $611 $555 -9% -12%
Radeon 6900 XT $1,000 No inventory $554 $499 -10% n/a
Radeon 6800 XT $650 $510 $475 $464 -2% -9%
Radeon 6800 $580 $485 $400 $380 -5% -22%
Radeon 6750 XT $550 $380 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Radeon 6700 XT $480 $320 $290 $273 -6% -15%
Radeon 6650 XT $400 $260 $231 $205 -11% -21%
Radeon 6600 XT $380 $255 $199 $187 -6% -27%
Radeon 6600 $330 $200 $163 $155 -5% -22%
Radeon 6500 XT $200 $160 $114 $98 -14% -39%
Radeon 6400 $160 $135 $100 n/a n/a n/a
        Common -8% -21%

Comparable story with AMD, with used Radeon 6000 sequence pricing dropping by a mean of 8 p.c. Final month we solely noticed a 3 p.c value discount, so used sellers are discovering it more and more difficult to promote playing cards at excessive costs. That is logical since some fashions weren’t beforehand accessible used for a lot lower than their brand-new counterparts. In consequence, the low cost for getting used versus new has elevated, from a 17 p.c low cost final month to 21 p.c this month, which is a extra affordable determine.

  MSRP eBay Common Worth March eBay Common Worth April eBay Common Worth Could Present Worth Inflation Worth Improve Apr to Could
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti $1,000 $385 $378 $383 -62% 1%
GeForce RTX 2080 Tremendous $700 $288 $284 $254 -64% -11%
GeForce RTX 2080 $700 $241 $236 $239 -66% 1%
GeForce RTX 2070 Tremendous $500 $248 $236 $209 -58% -12%
GeForce RTX 2070 $500 $216 $203 $182 -64% -10%
GeForce RTX 2060 Tremendous $400 $207 $213 $195 -51% -9%
GeForce RTX 2060 $350 $175 $168 $153 -56% -9%
        Common -60% -7%

Older sequence just like the RTX 20 sequence have additionally been impacted, though the impact varies by mannequin. The RTX 2080 Ti has held its worth fairly nicely over the previous three months, doubtlessly attributable to its 11GB of VRAM, which remains to be very usable for contemporary extremely settings gaming. This card averages $383 used, whereas the comparable RTX 3070 with simply 8GB of VRAM has steadily dropped from $379 to $360 to $326 over the previous three months. Nevertheless, different playing cards just like the RTX 2070 Tremendous have seen a 12% value discount on the used market, so it is solely choose fashions which can be sustaining their worth.

  MSRP eBay Common Worth March eBay Common Worth April eBay Common Worth Could Present Worth Inflation Worth Improve Apr to Could
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti $280 $137 $138 $138 -51% 1%
GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous $230 $130 $125 $125 -45% -4%
GeForce GTX 1660 $220 $106 $113 $113 -49% 7%
GeForce GTX 1650 Tremendous $160 $115 $102 $102 -36% -11%
GeForce GTX 1650 $150 $95 $99 $99 -34% 4%
        Common -43% -1%

The GTX 1660 sequence is one other group of GPUs that noticed giant reductions in pricing on the used market this month. For some motive, the GTX 1650 sequence did not see as drastic cuts, which has led to anomalies just like the GTX 1660 typically being extra inexpensive than the GTX 1650 Tremendous, regardless of being quicker. The actual killer right here is the GTX 1660 Tremendous, which is simply $5 extra on common than the 1650 Tremendous, however delivers 20% extra efficiency.

  MSRP eBay Common Worth March eBay Common Worth April eBay Common Worth Could Present Worth Inflation Worth Improve Apr to Could
Radeon 5700 XT $400 $173 $157 $158 -60% 1%
Radeon 5700 $350 $149 $139 $133 -62% -5%
Radeon 5600 XT $280 $122 $125 $127 -55% 2%
Radeon 5500 XT 8GB $200 $85 $106 $104 -48% -2%
        Common -56% -1%

The one GPU sequence we at the moment observe that did not see a ton of value motion this month was the Radeon RX 5000 sequence. Pricing remains to be low there given the efficiency, and value reductions in earlier months have been steep, so we guess that is sensible.

Total, it has been a fairly fascinating month for the GPU market. As we talked about on the outset, this got here as a little bit of a shock to us, but it surely is sensible as we’re drawing nearer to each GPU distributors providing a full lineup of next-generation merchandise.

Whereas these new graphics playing cards have not been notably spectacular, they’re barely higher to the purpose the place justifying previous-gen fashions on each the brand new and used market at present costs is changing into tough. This has led to cost cuts, flash gross sales, and a common downward shift for consumers contemplating used graphics playing cards.

That is all constructive news for consumers. Nobody needs a market the place new merchandise are launched, and pricing stays stagnant. The method has been a lot slower this time round, however we’re lastly seeing reductions for Nvidia GPUs beneath MSRP, in addition to loads of competitors from AMD, who appear to repeatedly modify costs over time. New releases are having some affect right here, and we suspect AMD and Nvidia are desirous to discontinue older playing cards so they do not intrude with the launches of recent mainstream fashions.

Our expectation going ahead includes extra aggressive value cuts and flash gross sales for lower-end fashions, notably the RTX 3060 and RTX 3050, which have not considerably moved in value and can rapidly turn into unappealing as quickly because the RTX 4060 turns into accessible. We’re looking forward to some candy reductions, though if there’s nonetheless a big stock to maneuver, Nvidia could also be unwilling to execute drastic value cuts throughout numerous inventory. Nevertheless, some motion will probably be needed given new releases.

We’re additionally desirous to see what AMD does with the Radeon RX 7600, which we anticipate will launch shortly. We’re unsure about how it will affect the market as we’re nonetheless awaiting particulars on pricing and efficiency, however we hope AMD would not make a misguided determination the place the 7600 fails to supply a rise in price-to-performance ratio.

Purchasing Shortcuts:
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 on Amazon
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti on Amazon
  • AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT on Amazon
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 on Amazon
  • AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX on Amazon
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 on Amazon

Peter Johnson