Surprisingly, MSI is reducing the prices of some ampere models, while Sapphire is slightly increasing the prices of the Navi 2X. On the street, however, prices are still determined by supply and demand, and the two still diverge widely.
It’s hard to believe, but MSI has lowered the non-binding prices for ampere graphics cards – even before the Christmas business and at times when premium surcharges are paid for graphics cards in stores. The Geforce RTX 3060 (Ti) is therefore between 100 and 200 yuan cheaper (converted at the daily rate of approx. 14 to 28 euros); the Geforce RTX 3070 (Ti) is 100 to 300 yuan cheaper (converted at the daily rate of approx. 14 to 42 euros); the Geforce RTX 3080 (Ti) is 300 to 600 yuan cheaper (converted at the daily rate about 42 to 83 euros). The price of the Geforce RTX 3090 is not reduced; here, however, it should not be significantly decisive. However, the report did not specify which models will be adjusted in price. It is currently unclear whether the adjustments will even reach European retailers.
At Sapphire it works the other way around: Here some models of the Radeon RX 6000 series are more expensive. The Radeon RX 6900 is 500 yuan more expensive (converted at the daily rate of around 70 euros); the Radeon RX 6600 XT is 400 yuan more expensive (converted at the daily rate of approx. 56 euros); the non-XT model is listed with a 350 yuan increase (converted at the daily rate around 49 euros). According to the report, Sapphire cannot even supply other models. Four new amp models: tight release graduation in January
In both cases, the price adjustments should not come from the chip manufacturer, but rather be initiated by the board partner. Why MSI is lowering its prices remains unclear, but is also welcomed in these times. On the street, models like the Geforce RTX 3080 are currently selling for up to 130 percent surcharge on the manufacturer’s recommendation. Even technically outdated cards like the Geforce RTX 2060 12 GB are sold for absurd sums if they are available. A serious easing of the situation is not yet in sight for 2022 either; What will happen in the second half of the year can hardly be predicted with any degree of certainty at the moment.