German GPU sales suggest that finding a graphics card will get harder

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Hope you weren’t looking to buy a GPU any time soon

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Despite the small improvement in GPU supply this year, signs suggest that finding a reasonably priced graphics card will become even more difficult amid rising prices and dwindling availability.

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as reported by 3dcenter (and seen by pc gamer), Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-Series and Amd’s Radeon RX 6000-Series graphics cards are losing availability while becoming even more expensive to buy.

Over the summer, the lowest prices for these GPUs were “only” 50 to 60 percent more than the standard retail price, the report said. It has since increased through August and September, with the GeForce RTX 30 selling for 70 percent more than standard pricing as of September 19.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. credit: nvidia

It also said that there has been a significant increase in GPU availability in May and June, with overall supply declining since mid-July and continuing to decline until September.

3dcenter It also recognizes that the most expensive graphics cards — such as the RX 6900 XT and RTX 3090 — are selling for 59 percent more than usual. They usually enjoy high availability and low price inflation due to the already high price of these cards, but it now appears that even the most securely priced cards are not untouched by high demand and low supply. This doesn’t bode well for under-performing GPUs, as the price hike on top could indicate even steeper prices for older GPU models.

The report identifies the 6800, 6800XT and 3070Ti models as suffering the worst levels of availability, with the 6900XT being the most expensive card, reaching prices of up to €3632 (£3,118).

Much of the volatility surrounding GPU prices revolves around a global chip shortage, which the CEO of STMicro recently warned will last through “the first half of 2023.”

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In other news, Dota 2 has dropped support for older hardware “to keep the game and the Source 2 engine fresh”.

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