Gamers who have been (planning on) building or buying their own PCs will no doubt know of the situation: prices for graphics cards have been through the roof these past two years. That was down to the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic (and the resulting lockdowns and worker outages due to illness) had serious consequences on supply and manufacturing chains.
A chip shortage not only impacted graphics cards, but also made demand far outgrow the supply in other sectors of the gaming world: PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles were and still are extremely hard to come by.
Cryptocurrencies rising in popularity have also contributed to the GPU shortage. As the crypto world was growing bigger and bigger, more and more people invested in rigs that were meant to mine crypto coins, making these cards less commonly available for gamers, and if they were available they could only be bought at prices far above MSRP.
With the volatility of the crypto market, the fact that mining Ethereum (a very popular crypto coin) soon won’t be abled to be mined on NVIDIA cards, and global supply chains slowly but surely recovering from the heaviest hits of the pandemic we’ve seen prices of graphics cards gradually lowering, and now NVIDIA announced a restock that may end the drought for good.
Under the title ‘Restocked & Reloaded‘, NVIDIA announced that GPUs are now back in stock.
We know that it’s been a difficult time for the vast majority of gamers, frustrated because they are not able to buy the products that they want at the right prices. That’s why we have good news for gamers who are looking for GPUs. Whether you’re an entry-level, enthusiast, or high-end user, there are a bunch of great options available at fantastic prices. Now more than ever is the time to get yourself a GeForce GPU at attractive prices.
If we take a look at GPU prices across international retailers we can indeed see that many popular cards are now available at (or near) MSRP, which is a massively improved situation when compared to prices that we saw just a year ago, where cards were being sold at over twice the MSRP. The average price for an RTX 3070 Ti in the Benelux has gone down from 1631 euros in December of last year to 859 euros at this point in time according to Tweakers.net.
If you’ve been waiting to buy a new graphics card (or a new prebuilt PC) then now might be the time to strike as prices have finally been normalizing after two years of turmoil.