Recently Nvidia’s latest graphics cards – RТХ 3080, 3070, 3060 Ті and 3090, as well as АМD’s Rаdеоn RХ 6800, 6800 ХТ and 6900 ХТ are hard to find in stores or are out of stock due to high demand and deficit and that leads to very high prices of these GPUs, even significantly higher than the cards’ manufacturers recommended prices. Believe it or not, but you can spend hours online looking for Nvidia’s RТХ 30-series cards or even for the previous generations cards – the RТХ 20 and RТХ 10 series, only to find that they are sold out or that the very few that remain are priced higher today in comparison with what they cost before. On the other hand, one of the good news is that AMD confirmed its intention to continue the sales of the original RX 6800, 6800 XT and RХ 6900 ХТ on its website for the first quarter of 2021 and promised to keep the prices as they were before.
The whole situation gets even more complicated lately regarding MSRP price changes, i.e. the prices on all graphics cards are going up to 25% thanks to tariffs on Chinese made PC components like GPUs and motherboards. On the other hand Bitcoin also has an impact on the increased demand for graphics cards, as the huge processing power of the GPUs is used by Bitcoin miners to mine Bitcoin. We must take into account the fact that a lot of people have been working from home for the past months because of the pandemic, which means that people are upgrading their computers with higher-end graphics cards for higher power setups.
So not only graphics cards cannot be bought at normal prices and are hard to find due to high demand nowadays, but now we have increased demand due to Bitcoin mining (especially the newest RТХ 30-series cards) and tariffs on Chinese made goods.
However, if you are searching for the GPU that you really want, you need to arm yourself with patience and just keep it up.