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Graphics Cards UPDATE

We are still experiencing Graphics Card shortages like all other IT Retailers are. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that most computing products like graphics cards and processors are more expensive than ever. And, well, they could be getting more expensive soon, as TSMC may be rising its semiconductor prices.

According to the Wall Street Journal, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is looking to raise prices by as much as 20% in order to offset the huge spike in demand for chips. And while PC gamers are feeling it because it's hard to buy a graphics card, this global silicon shortage is affecting everything from the iPad to automotive manufacturing.

Because of the hardware shortage we're going through right now, pricing is just kind of all over the place, even before taking this news into consideration. While we praised the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 for not being more expensive than the RTX 2080 when it launched, it didn't take long for resellers to make Nvidia's reasonable MSRP seem like a pipe dream. SOURCE:


Nvidia and AMD graphics cards are getting more expensive, again

Things aren’t looking good for anyone looking to buy a new graphics card. After several weeks of prices falling rapidly towards their MSRP, both Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series and AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 cards saw their average prices rise during August.

The latest figures from, which looks at average selling prices of Ampere/RDNA 2 cards at retailers in Germany, show team green’s products rising 9% throughout August to 59% above MSRP, while AMD’s cards were up 5% to 64% above MSRP.

Availability also gotten worse since the start of the month. Whereas only the RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti failed to achieve four out of five stars in the previous report, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 are also rated at 3/5 in the latest edition.


GPU prices back on the upswing, indicating stock issues not going anywhere

A recent market analysis is showing the price of the best graphics cards ticking back up after months of decline, meaning the market might not be ready to return to normal any time soon.

Prices for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards analyzed by 3DCenter show an increase of about 9% for Nvidia cards and about 6% for AMD, putting the average price for Nvidia cards about 59% above MSRP and about 64% for AMD's.

This is still much better than it was just a few months ago, however. Back in May, as TechPowerUp points out, the average price for an Nvidia card hit a high of around 304% above MSRP, with AMD cards seeing a 202% markup on average.

It appears that even though China's cryptomining crackdown forced a lot of mining cards to be resold, this has helped ease prices, but not as much as we'd have liked as other factors keep upward price pressure on the graphics card market.

Analysis: we're not nearly out of the woods yet on graphics card woes

While the bump in prices isn't as gobsmacking as it was earlier this year, it does indicate we've reached something of a floor for graphics card prices for the time being, and prices are only set to rise.

With last week's news that TSMC is hiking the price of newly fabbed wafers, even if supply issues start to ease up later this year, it won't be enough to bring the price of the these cards down enough to their original MSRP if their MSRP gets bumped up as a result.


AMD loses more graphics card market share to Nvidia, says report

AMD has a long way to go before it closes the gap with rival Nvidia in graphic card shipments, and the gulf just got a little bit wider according to a new GPU shipment report. Meanwhile, Intel is still far and away the biggest supplier of GPUs, a quirk in these kinds of reports because practically every CPU the company sells wields an integrated graphics chip. Those count, even if the consumer isn't using onboard graphics.

Those are the two main categories—overall GPU shipments, which include PC graphics cards, embedded GPUs, console graphics chips, and discrete GPUs in laptops; and discrete GPUs, which narrow the field to PC graphics cards and discrete laptop GPUs.

Looking at the latter, AMD's share of the discrete GPU market slipped to 17% in the second quarter of 2021, down from 19% in the previous quarter, and 20% from the same quarter a year ago, according to the latest report from Jon Peddie Research, a well known market research and consulting firm. What AMD loses, its chief rival gains—Nvidia's share of the discrete GPU market now sits at a dominating 83%.

The numbers roughly align with Steam's hardware survey, which shows the GPU split between AMD and Nvidia being at 15.31% and 75.41%, respectively (Intel makes up the rest).


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