That’s how much they had to cost if it was about performance

from Oliver Jaeger
A few weeks ago, the website calculated the list price / performance ratio using a proprietary 4K performance index of graphics cards from Nvidia’s and AMD’s current generations. Geforce RTX 3070 was used as a reference card with a ratio of 100 percent. Read below what fair prices will look like based on these calculations.

As graphics card prices this year are almost constantly falling – especially due to the recent cryptocurrency – the operators of took the trouble a few weeks ago to calculate how much the graphics cards from the current generations of Nvidia and AMD should actually cost after manufacturers deliberately set RRPs too high last year. For this, used a self-developed 4K index to calculate the prices, which is composed of a long list of collected data.

Which graphics cards are considered overpriced, which are cheap?

The Geforce RTX 3070 from Nvidia was taken as a reference point, which therefore has a list price / performance ratio of 100 percent, so the suggested retail price of 499 US dollars is considered reasonable. Based on this calculation, it stands out that the upper-class cards around the RTX 3090 and 3080 are significantly overpriced, while the mid-range and entry-level GPUs are offered at a fair list price. With the Geforce RTX 3060 Ti, the performance even exceeds the price, so it is actually sold too cheaply, which is said to be one of the reasons why many board partners did not have the graphics card in stock for months and could easily sell more expensive models in their place.

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The situation in the GPU market has even changed so drastically that Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3080 12 GiB is no longer produced and therefore should no longer be delivered to on-board partners, such as the Twitter user “Zed__Wang” or “MEGAsizeGPU”. recently claimed. The reason he gives is the falling price of the Geforce RTX 3080 Ti, which is now said to be on par with the RTX 3080 12 GiB. For the latter, however, Nvidia had never officially confirmed an EIA.

As already described, the 3090 cards are overpriced. Street prices are currently above $ 1,000, while a fair price for both cards is said to be well below that. However, anything below a Geforce RTX 3080 Ti is within ten percent of the perfect list price / performance ratio for the Geforce RTX 3070, which means a slight overprice in most cases. On AMD’s side, the relationship between performance and list price is only clearly wrong with the high-end model Radeon RX 6950 XT and the entry-level Radeon RX 6400 card. Here the deviation is 33 percent. The list prices of the RX 6800 and 6800 XT are the fairest in the 3dcenter evaluation. In general, AMD’s mid-range cards come out best.

MSRP in US dollars Performance / List Fair price in US dollars
Geforce RTX 3090 Ti 1,999 41% 814
Geforce RTX 3090 1,499 50% 750
Geforce RTX 3080 Ti 1,199 61% 731
Geforce RTX 3080 12GiB 687
Geforce RTX 3080 10GiB 699 94% 659
Geforce RTX 3070 Ti 599 90% 541
Geforce RTX 3070 499 100% 499
Geforce RTX 3060 Ti 399 109% 433
Geforce RTX 3060 329 100% 329
Geforce RTX 3050 249 91% 228
Radeon RX 6950 XT 1,099 67% 735
Radeon RX 6900 XT 999 70% 695
Radeon RX 6800 XT 649 99% 643
Radeon RX 6800 579 96% 555
Radeon RX 6750 XT 549 85% 467
Radeon RX 6700 XT 479 92% 441
Radeon RX 6650 XT 399 84% 333
Radeon RX 6600 XT 379 84% 317
Radeon RX 6600 329 81% 267
Radeon RX 6500 XT 199 71% 140
Radeon RX 6400 159 67% 107

However, it should always be remembered that not only the performance costs, but also extra material, such as highly developed printed circuit board designs, sometimes large cooling solutions and other features that incur additional costs for the printing partners. What is certain is that prices will continue to fall, and the board partners still have about three months to get rid of their large stock of Ampere / RDNA2 graphics cards before Nvidia’s and AMD’s next GPU generations are expected to knock on the door this fall. .


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