Midway through last year, availability of GPU chips started to stabilize following a major shortage through the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hoped that this would mean prices would come down too, although some warned the crisis would remain for some time. Those predictions seem to be holding up as prices are not budging as we head into 2022.
German outlet 3DCenter shows that GPU chips from giants like Nvidia and AMD continue to be expensive. As has been the case over the last 18 months, the units are selling well over market price and scalpers are making massive profits.
Nvidia especially has seen no change in the price of GPUs, with both selling between 85% and 89% about their MSRP levels. AMD is seeing some decline, but it is small. This means customers must pay almost double the market cost to get a GPU.
It is worth noting 3DCenter only gives us a snapshot of the situation amongst German retailers such as Caseking, Mindfactory, and others. It also only looks at current generation GPU products like AMD's Radeon RX 6000 or Nvidia GeForce chips running Ampere.
Continuing the Trend
Either way, it is a pointer to an ongoing trend of pricey GPUs we are seeing on a global level. This is happening despite the report showing a solid improvement in availability of GPUs during the ladt quarter of 2021.
In fact, during this time prices actually went up. Maybe this is retailers understanding demand is returning and to extract every last drop of momentum out of higher prices. It is also worth noting while availability is improving, it will not reach pre-pandemic levels until 2023.
Yes, that means we can look forward to a 2022 of pricey GPUs.
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