Graphics card prices have been topics of much debates and speculations, simply because of the wild fluctuations that they’ve gone through in recent times. What started as a pricing crunch due to crypto miners clearing out all shelves for GPUs, soon evolved into a wider global crisis because of the worldwide chipset supply crunch. This led to widespread shortage of supply of graphics cards all over the world, but even if you could get your hands on one, chances were that you were likely paying a wildly inflated amount that was way over the suggested MSRPs of these GPUs.
Now, according to a report by Windows Central, these inflated prices may be witnessing a correction of sorts. Citing market activity in Germany, the Windows Central report states that graphics card prices that were as high as over 3x the MSRPs have now come down to about 1.5x, and that’s not just a momentary movement. The report notes that instead of being momentary, the price dip might be an indication of corrective action in the industry, which in turn suggests that over the coming days and weeks, GPU prices in various markets may start normalising to an extent.
For now, though, this movement remains absent from the Indian graphics card prices. For example, a quick check for prices of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 on popular computer components retailer Prime ABGB reveals an average price of about Rs 55,000 – as against the launch time suggested MSRP of Rs 29,500. Earlier this year, at the peak of the GPU supply crisis, graphics card prices in India were already around 2x the suggested launch MSRPs, and continue to remain so – or have in fact gone higher.
However, there is cause for optimism. General market movement suggests that stocks of an in-demand product typically normalise in high demand markets, and countries such as Germany and USA may see a price correction before more nations such as India do. This, of course, is purely speculative, and whether the dip is momentary or not cannot be ruled out in entirety. As of now, though, GPUs remain at around the same price as what they were already retailing at – and absolutely none of us would mind them selling at a more normalised price point in the near future.