The prices of graphics cards suitable for games have risen so much in recent weeks that there are currently hardly any models available for less than 1000 euros. The cheapest available graphics card from the current generation is AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 with prices starting at just under 540 euros, which is only suitable for full HD gaming with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels. The much faster Radeon RX 6700 XT already costs at least 880 euros.
At Nvidia, the GeForce RTX 3060 starts at around 710 euros, the faster Ti model is occasionally available for just under 800 euros. The GeForce RTX 3070 and its Ti sister scratch the 1000 euro mark – many manufacturer models even exceed it. As a reminder: Nvidia’s recommended retail price for the GeForce RTX 3070 is 520 euros.
All faster graphics cards cost significantly more than 1300 euros, such as the GeForce RTX 3080 or Radeon RX 6800 XT. In relative terms, the Radeon RX 6900 XT is actually doing quite well with prices starting at 1430 euros – AMD actually recommends 1000 euros for its own top model. Individual shops offer the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for 1500 to 1800 euros, the GeForce RTX 3090 from 2600 euros.
There is no improvement in sight for the time being. During the Christmas business and the high-selling holiday season in the USA from the end of November, demand tends to go up rather than down. At the same time, mining farms continue to buy graphics cards for mining cryptocurrencies.
the Hashrate in the Ethereum network – the most popular crypto currency for mining with graphics cards – recently cracked 800 terahashes per second for the first time. Since Ethereum recently reached a new all-time high of around 3850 euros and the move away from energy-guzzling mining has been postponed to 2022, the trend is likely to continue for now.