Last August, we wrote that video card prices seemed to be rising again. Not long after it became known that many graphics cards in China were also being sold at increasingly higher prices, but in Europe the problems seemed not to be so serious. If we now look at our product comparator, we see a mixed picture.
The shortage also seems to have made its way back to the Netherlands and Belgium. It is difficult to estimate exactly how big the problem is; At the time of the greatest shortage earlier this year, web stores removed many of the unavailable cards from their web stores, to prevent resellers from buying them outright when new stock is available. However, from the data we have, one thing seems to be clear; the situation is very unclear. It’s no wonder there are stories of both improvement and decline.
The average and minimum prices of the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ventus 3X OC. We regularly see the huge spikes in the Product Comparison.
Unfortunately, the situation is not much better now. Of many cards, half or even only a third of the stores are in stock, if the web stores have not removed them from the catalog. Of the cards that have been on the market for a while, the Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 take the crown, which can only be found in ten web stores with five and one card (s) in stock respectively.
Unfortunately we do not have a crystal ball, it is difficult to estimate when the situation will improve. AMD CEO Lisa Su believes 2022 will be dominated by upgrades, while Intel CEO Maurits Tichelman believes the situation will be fully resolved in 2023.