AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPU prices are set to rise even further

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT with an Nvidia RTX 3080 behind it on a wooden bench
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The pricing of current generation graphics cards has become a meme at this point. Ongoing supply chain issues show no signs of easing. Combine this with elevated demand and here we are. Sadly, it seems things could be about to get worse, at least if you’re in the market for an AMD card. Reports coming from the Board Channels Forum (registration required) via Videocardz state that AMD is increasing the prices of its GPUs by 10%. Wonderful. Not. 

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The report claims that pricing is set to increase by $20 to $40 depending on the chip in question. That mightn’t seem like a lot when even RX 6600 cards are selling for upwards of $500, but the chain starts with AMD. A 10% rise in GPU prices gets passed onto the card manufacturers, who pass it onto distributors, who pass it onto retailers who then pass onto us poor gamers. Somewhere along the way, someone is likely to decide that they can charge 15% more instead of 10% and eventually these costs will be borne by the consumer. When will it end? Will an RX 6400 sell for $500? It's no wonder the consoles are out of stock everywhere. At least they’re affordable.

The report states that rising TSMC wafer costs are the reason for the price rise. AMD CPUs and GPUs are manufactured on the same 7nm node, yet only GPU pricing is affected. Will AMD CPUs follow? Curiously AMD CPUs are trending downwards to better combat Intel’s 12th Gen processors. Is AMD reshuffling its 7nm allocation towards CPU production?

Even though RX 6000 cards are not the greatest hash per watt mining options, one can only hope that Ethereum’s move to Proof of Stake in 2022 stops miners from buying cards by the pallet load. Demand should start to drop off before 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 could be the last best chance to grab a ‘relatively’ reasonably priced GPU for a while. Pessimistically though, GPU bargains aren't going to set the world on fire this year.

Chris Szewczyk
Hardware Writer

Chris' gaming experiences go back to the mid-nineties when he conned his parents into buying an 'educational PC' that was conveniently overpowered to play Doom and Tie Fighter. He developed a love of extreme overclocking that destroyed his savings despite the cheaper hardware on offer via his job at a PC store. To afford more LN2 he began moonlighting as a reviewer for VR-Zone before jumping the fence to work for MSI Australia. Since then, he's gone back to journalism, enthusiastically reviewing the latest and greatest components for PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay and currently Australian Personal Computer magazine and PC Gamer. Chris still puts far too many hours into Borderlands 3, always striving to become a more efficient killer.