Only hope is that as coins transistion to proof of stake, instead of mining, demand for GPUs returns to more normal levels.I know a lot of people are hoping that this next gen will bring down prices (like they thought Ampere would with Turing), but everything is saying the opposite.
Manufacturing costs have skyrocketed, shipping costs have increased multiple times (perhaps for a long time), raw material prices have gone up, labor costs have gone up, and other inflationary pressures are pushing up the prices of everything.
It seems like people are willing to pay about $600 for a midrange x60 card, so I wouldn't be surprised if they charged that for the 4060. $999 for the 4070, $1300 for the 4080, $2500 for a 4090.
Think this sounds insane? It's the pricing that's already here that retailers are already asking for. Remember we thought prices would go down over each generation? That's over. People accepted the Turing price increase and we can't argue with Nvidia to go back.
For gaming and CAD, you really only need one GPU per-person. Maybe 2-3, if you get into some really specialized use cases. But for mining? The more GPUs per-person, "the better". If BTC follows ETH into the proof of stake model, we should see GPU demand plummet. Then a bunch of scalpers will be left holding the bag, and retailers and OEMs/ODMs will need completely re-evaluate their financial plans.