GPU Craze Slowing Down? Yes! But…

It’s been a few months since the out-of-stock GPU crisis of late 2017 to early 2018 began, so what is the state of the market now in March 2018?

Well, graphics cards are slowly, but finally coming back into stock… but there is a catch. Prices are still 20% to 50% above MSRP.

If you have been waiting patiently to finish a build or are planning a new gaming PC build, would you pay the extra markup retailers are gouging at the moment?

Let’s take a look at some of the current prices of video cards that are actually in stock on Amazon so you can make an informed decision! I’ll give you my thoughts at the end.

In Stock GPUs and Prices are as of writing, and could change at any moment. Click the links to see up-to-date prices.

BUDGET CARDS:

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING 4GB
Current Price $249.95
Normal Price $140-$150
Lowest Price $113.22 – April 29, 2017

 

 

ASUS Radeon RX 560 14CU 4GB
Current Price $229.95
Normal Price $140-150
Lowest Price $128.18 – December 8, 2017

 

 

MIDRANGE GPUs:

MSI GTX 1060 6G OCV1
Current Price $399.99
Normal Price $270-$280
Lowest Price $244.99 – June 12, 2017

 

 

 

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 O4G Gaming OC Edition
Current Price $339.99
Normal Price $210-$250
Lowest Price $188.99 – May 4, 2017

 

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC 8G
Current Price $679.98
Normal Price $430-$460
Lowest Price $399.99 – November 20, 2017

 


MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070 Armor OC 8GB

Current Price $635.93
Normal Price $430-$460
Lowest Price $366.33 – June 12, 2017

 

 

ASUS Radeon RX 580 8GB Dual-fan OC
Current Price $584.20
Normal Price $280-$310
Lowest Price $234.99 – July 31, 2017

 

 

HIGH END GPUs:

MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 Air Boost 8G OC
Current Price $949.00
Normal Price $800-$820
Lowest Price $819.00 – January 8, 2018

 

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce OC
Current Price $789.99
Normal Price $500-$540
Lowest Price $469.99 – April 19, 2017

 

 

I’m not even going to post any 1080 ti cards… some are in stock but at the time I’m writing this they are all still $1,050 to over $1200… which is absolutely crazy. See for yourself here.

CONCLUSION

So, if you have been scouring the net for a deal on a GPU for the past few months what do you do now?

My recommendation is if you really… I mean REALLY need one, get a 1050 ti or even a standard 1050 to get you by. Maybe even a 1030, 550, or a previous generation!

The higher end cards are still way too overpriced, as you can see above. Sure, you’ll pay $100 over MSRP on these cards, but I see prices returning to normal in the near future… especially with the new NVIDIA cards supposedly launching in April.

Wait, WHAT!?!

Yep, a next-generation NVIDIA line is coming very soon. (Yet to be announced if they will be 1180 or 2080… or even what architecture they will be built on.) More to come…

What is your opinion? Would you buy a mega-overpriced Vega or 1080 ti? Stick to a low end card for now? Not buy anything and cuss out any crypto-miner you come across? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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