We start from the basis that there are people with a lot of financial solvency and who earn a lot of money, it is true, but that type of user and buyer are the ones that are the least, no matter how much the SMI is higher than in countries such as Italy, Greece, France or Spain. But based on what we are going to see, we have doubts about what NVIDIA is thinking and how it is going to explain these prices to users …
For the cost of an RTX 3080 Ti you would buy an RTX 4080
Writing these lines looking out of the corner of the eye the prices is being complicated, because the amazement is great and in the meantime there are no weighty arguments that can explain what we are going to see next.
Above all, do not grow the tension, cold mind, since it is a rumor, a leak and as such we have to take it until the moment of presentation or confirmation of a reliable leaker. That said, let’s go there:
RTX 40 MSRP Price predictions. Miners & gamers voted with their wallets.
RTX 4090 – $ 2,999
RTX 4080 Ti – $ 1,999 (late release)
RTX 4080 – $ 1,199
RTX 4070 – $ 799
RTX 4060 Ti – $ 499
RTX 4060 – $ 399
RTX 4050 Ti – $ 329
RTX 4050 – $ 279
I hate this.
– Graphically Challenged (@GraphicallyChal) September 9, 2021
Although the tweet has been around for a few days, the prior lack of veracity of the leaker has made us remain cautious and wait for the siren songs to agree or let it pass. And yes, the prices are a real madness, because as such, it is a total nonsense that represents a before and after in the sector as the RTX 20 supposed.
Price increases impossible to justify by performance
How is NVIDIA going to justify an increase in the median price of more than 20%? Well, let’s first see what these new prices mean by range:
- RTX 3090 -> US $ 1,499 (increase in 100%)
- RTX 3080 Ti -> US $ 1,199 (increase in 66.72%)
- RTX 3080 -> US $ 699 (increase in 71.53%)
- RTX 3070 -> US $ 599 (increase in 33.39%)
- RTX 3060 Ti -> US $ 499 (same price)
- RTX 3060 -> US $ 329 (increase in 21.28%)
As we can see, the cost escalation goes above the named 20% to 100%. The reasons that are put forward? Mind-boggling to say the least, as rumor has it, these prices are set behind the scenes to scare away miners, thereby reducing their interest and making them opt for the HX range for cryptocurrency mining.
At the time of writing this we are as surprised as you are, but currently it is the information that is handled between leakers. Other reasons could be the high value of the wafers of TSMC at 5 nm, which the last time we had information they were for more than $ 18,000, the increase in distribution costs, rare materials and a myriad of problems that could arise.
But the miners as an argument? It would imply that NVIDIA cannot block the performance of its gaming GPUs, that it has lost the game and that it can only go desperate, thus making even more money. Fact or fiction we will not know until shortly before the launch, which will be around this time for next year and if everything goes well with TSMC and its volume of wafers.
Will the price then drop if the demand for AMD and NVIDIA cards is higher than expected? Tremendously complicated because they have reports and information that we do not even dream of having, and with Apple taking over the LP chips and their corresponding wafers less …