CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: May 2021

Squid Surprise

Posts: 4,099   +3,258
“The basic situation is that if you’re looking for someone to blame, well, direct that anger to the AIBs and board partners who are essentially being a barrier stopping you from purchasing GPUs at the prices Nvidia and AMD have suggested.“

No... blame Covid and the fact that a global pandemic has simply heightened demand while at the same time crippling supply.

In a couple years, things will be back to normal.
 
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QuantumPhysics

Posts: 5,033   +5,643
They were camping outside of Microcenter yesterday.

When I got home, I hugged both my 3090 FTW3 tightly!

I paid $1799 plus tax.($1955)


The MSRP now on a 3090 exceeds $2100
 

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Achaios

Posts: 142   +419
If you think that it's gamers that go out and buy RTX 3080s for 3000 euros and 3060TI's for 2500 euros, and that it's gamers who are responsible for the historic surge in demand watch this:

Also watch this if you think that COVID and the so-called "chip shortage" or maybe even QUOTE Console Gamers Who Go PC For The First Time UNQUOTE are responsible for the mythic surge of the GPU market instead of ETH & crypto-miners:

 

kiwigraeme

Posts: 371   +302
Here in NZ - got my 3080 for about US$1100 last week - includes 15% tax - plus normally slightly more expensive than USA - better warranties etc - PNY failed to fulfil what I ordered but shop got me a Evga for about same price - internal supply - The Asus ones you can buy on their website Asus etc are about $1800 - no way I'll pay that - would just wait for next gen . Thing is could buy a Dell Alienware complete system ( good specs ) with dell 27inch Monitor etc with 3080 for about US $2600 with Keanu discount code - but I already have all the other components for MSRP price or better - 2TB M2 - 570MB, 850 Gold PSU ,32Gb ram + cooler+ 5600x +monitor +case ( reusing old one - just putting another USB C on the back to connect to a dock , one already of MB as well
 

JamesBlond

Posts: 100   +60
They can all go to hell for failing to produce for the market and protect the gamer, their bread and butter is no more, and I would suggest every person with a brain say to the gaming companies do your work and start making games run better on current hardware or lose gamers forever.... no remorse f**k Nvidia and Intel

These guys who are selling the cards at 2 or 3 times the normal price are all C**Ts that are in league with the manufacturers or suppliers, take them to the halls of shame and ban them and their contacts from ever doing business with anybody ever again, SUCM
 

Thretosix

Posts: 97   +106
They can all go to hell for failing to produce for the market and protect the gamer, their bread and butter is no more, and I would suggest every person with a brain say to the gaming companies do your work and start making games run better on current hardware or lose gamers forever.... no remorse f**k Nvidia and Intel
AMD is no better with everything going on. All this has done is basically indefinitely keeps me on my computer that still works fine. On the bright side it's been a while since I've seen one of those articles about how the PC is dead or dying.
 

emmzo

Posts: 297   +262
Get this: right now the best card if you can find it, a 3090RTX is priced at around 4000-4500 euros (maybe even higher) and you can mine ETH worth 325 euros a month, so ROI is at least a year plus electricity, that is if the hashrate remains the same and ofc it won`t. Down the line (3080, 3070, etc.) the situation is similar or worst and then you have EIP 1559 in July and the coming of PoS (hopefully, this year!). Already, mining pools are extremely angry and started all sorts of petitions. And if you think they`ll just mine the next most valuable currency I`d say good luck with that at this prices. As for gamers, this just means a faint ray of light, faint, but it is there.
 

CybaGirl

Posts: 59   +27
Just wondering?

I am a mad PC gamer and although my main gaming rig is getting on (i7 4790K, 32GB RAM, ASRock OC Formula motherboard and iGame 1070 GTX Vulcan OC) I am still happy with it and I can play all the games I like at decent frame rates (1080p).

But last year on Christmas Eve I won a GALAX 3060Ti which has a retail sticker on it for $999.00 (AUD). I did intend on replacing my GTX 1070 with this card but now I am unsure?

I live on a limited income and basically live from week to week. So I am wondering if I would be better off using my 3060Ti in a mining computer to help make some extra money to help make ends meet and if so how long would it take to make the same amount of money from mining with it instead of using the card myself or selling it seeing how prices are high and they are in such demand?

So I am wondering what others would do in my position?

1. Put the card in my main gaming rig and be happy.

2. Put the card in a mining computer.

3. Sell the card now and upgrade to a RTX card later on.

Also currently paying around $0.25 per kilowatt of electricity.

Thanks.
 

amghwk

Posts: 1,055   +969
It's sad to see it has come to this: An article dedicated to inform the availability of CPUs and GPUs.

Gone are the good old days when you can buy PCs and components from your favourite retailer at suggested retail prices.
 

Pastuch

Posts: 72   +75
Sold a 4 year old 1080 ti for 50$ less than what I paid for it and bought a 3080 for retail. Canada rules.
 

Dyper

Posts: 35   +19
Thankfully I bought 4 x 4790k’s back in 2015, so when I see a CPU that actually whoops it in single core, I will watch the dust settle.

Was hoping AMD 5700G would be available, or a Tiger Lake desktop.

So far leaks look okay but after 6 years this isn’t that exciting.
 

ddferrari

Posts: 499   +249
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“The basic situation is that if you’re looking for someone to blame, well, direct that anger to the AIBs and board partners who are essentially being a barrier stopping you from purchasing GPUs at the prices Nvidia and AMD have suggested.“

No... blame Covid and the fact that a global pandemic has simply heightened demand while at the same time crippling supply.

In a couple years, things will be back to normal.
Sadly, you're right. Boy do I regret selling my "old" rig with a 1080ti included, expecting to pick up an RTX3080 no problem. I was wrong.

Luckily I grabbed a Gigabyte 1060 6GB OC off of eBay- just to game- for $150 USD before the madness hit... and now even those are fetching $350 USD these days...

I've decided to play my backlog of older games that aren't so demanding. I have a 3440x1440p ultrawide and this card has performed admirably. But I see no point in buying Cyberpunk or Red Dead until I can enjoy it at higher settings. Ugh...
 
“The basic situation is that if you’re looking for someone to blame, well, direct that anger to the AIBs and board partners who are essentially being a barrier stopping you from purchasing GPUs at the prices Nvidia and AMD have suggested.“

No... blame Covid and the fact that a global pandemic has simply heightened demand while at the same time crippling supply.

In a couple years, things will be back to normal.

Respectfully, you're wrong.

The pandemic did indeed dramatically jack up costs on electronics and create shortages, but what's going on with graphics cards is particularly acute. You have the general component shortage going on, and you have mining going nuts, but the biggest offenders really are the AiB companies and not by an insignificant margin.

I've had visibility for what cards are going for to distributors, and the AiB partners...while you can't say they're colluding, they certainly all seem to be basically playing chicken to see who can jack up their prices the highest and the fastest before the market tells them what to do with themselves. It's actually really repugnant and stinks of when the IC companies were colluding to jack up the costs of SSDs and DRAM.
 

Myflag

Posts: 11   +17
Well this is a sad affair of news. I've been trying to get a graphics card since October, I refuse to pay these ridiculous prices.
I've been trying to get a card for my church to utilize for live streaming, for many months, but we can't get one. The last one we ordered, we believe, was stolen by the FedEx man.