Price-performance analysis and ideas for alternatives

Graphics card: The price crisis continues

The pre-Christmas season has begun. And now many (potential) PC gamers who rarely deal with the subject of hardware and want an upgrade of performance or a new PC for Christmas notice that something in the graphics card market is going completely wrong. Of course, anyone who regularly reads our news and hardware offers or obtains information from other portals has known this for a long time.

The prices of gamer graphics cards have risen massively since the fall of 2020. To be more precise, the graphics card series that have been gradually released by AMD and Nvidia since then are significantly more expensive than their indicative prices on the respective release date.

This has to do with semiconductor supply problems and lack of chip production capacity, which is also related to the very high demand for electronic products due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Gaming hardware is also in high demand as some leisure activities are no longer or less frequently possible worldwide, so gaming has become more interesting again. In addition, the so-called mining with some graphics cards as a calculation basis is worth so much that miners also affect demand and thus prices. Cryptocurrencies like Ethereum have become so valuable that some graphics cards that are particularly well-suited for mining are even sold at higher prices than others that are inherently faster for gaming. In mining, you provide hardware power and use it to help calculate cryptocurrency transactions – the reward for this is a proportion of those cryptocurrencies whose prices have been rising for some time.

The currently extremely poor price-performance ratio for games indicates that the RTX 3080 Ti is very popular among miners. The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is just as fast in games, costs 500 euros less.

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You can find a longer overview of the possible factors behind the outrageous graphics card prices in our special on November 13, but the total prices would of course be much lower if AMD and Nvidia could throw significantly more graphics cards onto the market. But now we look at the price development of graphics cards in the last few weeks and classify the currently available model series in relation to price performance. Later we will also come up with ideas for what alternatives you have to buy a new graphics card – in addition to abstinence or use of existing graphics cards.

Graphics card: Current prices

Currently, we see 18 graphics card series for gaming purposes on the market that are available. We take the cheapest available model of a graphics card series as a benchmark that we could find on price comparison websites as an offer from a well-known and established store. The absolute lower limit is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, which two years ago was only an entry-level option. It currently costs from 380 euros, an increase of 145 percent compared to October 2020. Our list of AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti ends at the top. The table below shows the current price and base price of 18 graphics card series arranged according to their performance. The base price is the price at the release of the respective graphics card for the AMD 6000 and Nvidia 3000 models or the price from autumn 2020 for the remaining graphics cards:

series of graphics cards Current price basic price extra charge PL index
Nvidia GTX 1650 € 380 € 155 145% 11.2
Nvidia GTX 1650 Super € 450 € 150 200% 12.5
Nvidia GTX 1660 € 600 € 215 179% 13.6
Nvidia GTX 1660 Super € 585 € 245 139% 11.7
Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti € 550 € 250 120% 11.0
Nvidia RTX 2060 525 € € 320 64% 8.6
AMD RX 6600 € 580 € 339 71% 8.2
Nvidia RTX 3060 € 740 € 329 125% 9.9
AMD RX 6600 XT € 690 € 379 82% 8.4
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti € 845 € 419 102% 8.5
AMD RX 6700 XT € 935 € 479 95% 9.0
Nvidia RTX 3070 € 1,080 € 499 116% 9.5
Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti € 1,280 € 619 107% 10.5
AMD RX 6800 € 1,350 € 579 133% 10.8
Nvidia RTX 3080 € 1,645 € 699 135% 11.5
AMD RX 6800 XT € 1,415 € 649 118% 9.6
AMD RX 6900 XT € 1,500 € 999 48% 9.6
Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti € 1,960 € 1,199 50% 12.5

Additional information: With the supplement you can see how much more you currently have to pay in relation to the basic price. The price-performance index works as follows: We divide the price of the graphics card according to its performance, with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti as the basis and a performance of 100. To put it bluntly, the PL index is the price per. FPS when benchmark RTX 3060 Ti hits 100 FPS. A weaker card reaches 70 (FPS), for example, so its price is only divided by 70. With a graphics card that is 20 percent stronger, for example, you divide its price by 120. The smaller the index, the better the graphics card in relation to price -performance. On the next page, we take a closer look at which graphics cards are currently doing relatively well in relation to this price-performance ratio, and we will also take a quick look at the price development over the last few weeks.

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