AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPU Prices Expected To Increase Further
The pricing of current generation graphics cards has become a meme at this point. Persistent supply chain problems show no signs of abating. Combine that with high demand and here we are. Sadly, it looks like things could be about to get worse, at least if you’re in the market for an AMD card. Reports from the Board Channels Forum (registration required) via Videocardz indicate that AMD is increasing the prices of its GPUs by 10%. Marvellous. Not.
The report claims that prices are expected to increase by $ 20 to $ 40 depending on the chip in question. That may not sound like much when even RX 6600 cards sell for over $ 500, but the chain starts with AMD. A 10% increase in GPU prices is passed on to the card makers, who pass it on to the distributors, who pass it on to the retailers who then pass it on to us, the poor gamers. Somewhere along the way, someone will likely decide that they can charge 15% more instead of 10% and that those costs will eventually be borne by the consumer. When will this end? Will an RX 6400 sell for $ 500? It’s no wonder consoles are sold out everywhere. At least they’re affordable.
The report indicates that the rise in prices of TSMC wafers is the cause of the rise in prices. AMD CPUs and GPUs are made on the same 7nm node, but only the price of the GPU is affected. Will AMD processors follow suit? Oddly enough, AMD processors tend to go down to better combat 12th generation Intel processors. Is AMD redistributing its 7nm allocation towards the production of processors?
Even though RX 6000 cards are not the best hash mining options per watt, one can only hope that the switch from Ethereum to Proof of Stake in 2022 prevents miners from buying cards by pallet load. . Demand is expected to start declining by then as it becomes more difficult to recoup the cost of new card purchases. Let’s see how it goes. A Black Friday deal this year might be the last best chance to get a “relatively” reasonably priced GPU for a while. Pessimistically though, good GPU deals aren’t going to set the world on fire this year.