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This is how much graphics cards should cost based on their performance alone

This is how much graphics cards should cost based on their performance alone

AMD and NVIDIA, time to cut prices

With GPU prices dropping rapidly, 3DCenter I came up with an idea to compare the official suggested retail prices with the actual performance of the graphics card.

This is an insight into how much each card costs based on its performance alone. The price-to-performance value is calculated by 3DCenter’s 4K benchmark, meticulously collected data based on a long list of reviews.

As graphics cards become cheaper and available through multiple channels, one can now choose from a number of different custom models, or even consider competing with them from other brands. This is especially true of the higher-end models that were among the first cards to see a significant price drop over the past few weeks.

It is also no secret that many cards issued mainly in 2021 have been very expensive from the start. Both AMD and NVIDIA opted for heavily inflated MSRPs because these cards would never sell for a lower price anyway. However, it is time for both companies to realize that their pricing is no longer good in relation to actual performance.

According to the calculations of 3DCenter, who chose the RTX 3070 as their reference point, most high-end NVIDIA models are quite expensive and should cost much less. However, mid-range and low-end models from NVIDIA’s lineup can be considered well priced, especially the RTX 3060 Ti which offers better performance than it costs. This is also the reason why many board partners have not had the 3060 Ti in stock for several months, it was simply too solid for its price and board partners could easily sell the more expensive SKUs in place.

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In fact, the situation in the GPU market has changed so much that NVIDIA supposedly no longer ships the RTX 3080 12GB model to its partners. The reason the MEGAsizeGPU leaker mentioned is its price compared to the RTX 3080 Ti. NVIDIA has not publicly confirmed the 3080 12GB MSRP.

The RTX 3090 series is among the lowest priced cards in the entire comparison. Both cards sell for over $1,000, while their actual prices should be less than this value. However, anything under the RTX 3080 Ti actually falls within 10% of the “fair price” index, which in most cases means a small overprice or a perfect (100%) balance between MSRP and card performance (but remember this at A reference to the RTX 3070).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 MSRP for a “fair price” MSRP 4K Performance Index performance / list reasonable price
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 1999 dollars 408% 41% $814
GeForce RTX 3090 $1499 376% 50% $750
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti $1199 366% 61% $731
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB ? ~344% $687
GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $699 330% 94% $659
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti $599 271% 90% $541
GeForce RTX 3070 $499 250% 100% $499
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti $399 217% 109% $433
GeForce RTX 3060 $329 165% 100% $329
GeForce RTX 3050 $249 ~ 114% 91% $228
Performance/price tuned for GeForce RTX 3070, derived from “fair list price”
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For the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series, the RX 6800 and 6800 non-XT models seem to be the best priced model given their performance. The inflated MSRP of RDNA2 isn’t really far off the “fair price” benchmark though, especially in the middle of the group. This is not the case for enthusiastic and low-quality models. The RX 6950XT should cost $735 based on this analysis, while the RX 6400 should go down to $107.

One must remember that performance is not always the only thing to consider. This is especially true for flagship cards that come with highly advanced board designs, bulky cooling solutions, or other features. This certainly adds a cost to board partners that cannot be calculated by frame rate alone.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 MSRP for a “fair price” MSRP 4K Performance Index performance / list reasonable price
Radeon RX 6950 XT $1099 368% 67% $735
Radeon RX 6900 XT $999 348% 70% $695
Radeon RX 6800 XT $649 322% 99% $643
Radeon RX 6800 $579 278% 96% $555
Radeon RX 6750 XT $549 234% 85% $467
Radeon RX 6700 XT $479 221% 92% $441
Radeon RX 6650 XT $399 167% 84% $333
Radeon RX 6600 XT $379 159% 84% $317
Radeon RX 6600 $329 ~134% 81% $267
Radeon RX 6500 XT $199 (~71%) 71% $140
Radeon RX 6400 $159 (~54%) 67% 107 bucks
Performance/price tuned for GeForce RTX 3070, derived from “fair list price”
Radeon RX 6400 and 6500 XT performance values ​​based on FullHD performance and mileage from Radeon RX 6600
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One thing is for sure, the GPU price should be expected to drop now more than ever. Sadly, neither AMD nor NVIDIA are officially one of them anymore, but board partners are eagerly awaiting such announcements soon. However, time is running out, with the large stock of RTX 30 / RX6000 cards no longer surprising to anyone, retailers will now only have 3 months to sell the majority of current generation cards before players’ attention shifts to the next generation.