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GPU Prices Fall After Nvidia Announcement, Ethereum Merge

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GPU prices are coming down, particularly if you can find a short-term sale. Just one week after Ethereum successfully completed The Merge, and in the midst of the Nvidia RTX 40-series launch announcement, graphics cards simply can't hold on to their previous value. If you're looking for one of the best graphics cards, we'll show you the current pricing on the latest generation as well as previous generation models.

Let's start with the latest generation GPUs, all of which are still available at retail. There are a few previous generation Nvidia Turing cards included as well, mostly from the GTX 16-series but also the RTX 2060. The previous price data is from right before the Ethereum Merge.

GPU Prices, as of September 23
GPURetail PriceeBay 09/15-09/23Launch MSRP 1-Week Price Change
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (opens in new tab)$1,100$1,073$2,0000.0%
GeForce RTX 3090 (opens in new tab)$960$860$1,500-11.1%
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (opens in new tab)$810$740$1,2000.0%
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB (opens in new tab)$740$685?-2.6%
GeForce RTX 3080 (opens in new tab)$722$576$700-2.5%
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (opens in new tab)$610$481$600-2.4%
GeForce RTX 3070 (opens in new tab)$500$403$500-7.4%
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab)$400$336$400-11.1%
GeForce RTX 3060 (opens in new tab)$369$303$330-0.1%
GeForce RTX 3050 (opens in new tab)$275$264$250-8.3%
Radeon RX 6950 XT (opens in new tab)$950$909$1,1004.4%
Radeon RX 6900 XT (opens in new tab)$700$644$1,0000.0%
Radeon RX 6800 XT (opens in new tab)$560$497$650-6.7%
Radeon RX 6800 (opens in new tab)$520$423$580-7.1%
Radeon RX 6750 XT (opens in new tab)$410$465$550-10.9%
Radeon RX 6700 XT (opens in new tab)$360$330$480-14.3%
Radeon RX 6700 (opens in new tab)$355$370$480-15.5%
Radeon RX 6650 XT (opens in new tab)$295$290$500-6.1%
Radeon RX 6600 XT (opens in new tab)$300$238$3800.0%
Radeon RX 6600 (opens in new tab)$230$203$330-4.2%
Radeon RX 6500 XT (opens in new tab)$170$133$2005.1%
Radeon RX 6400 (opens in new tab)$147$134$1608.8%
GeForce RTX 2060 (opens in new tab)$230$201$3500.0%
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (opens in new tab)$219$156$280-4.8%
GeForce GTX 1660 Super (opens in new tab)$210$149$2300.1%
GeForce GTX 1660 (opens in new tab)$210$144$2200.3%
GeForce GTX 1650 Super (opens in new tab)$200$128$1600.7%
GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 (opens in new tab)$170$135$150-10.5%
GeForce GTX 1650 (opens in new tab)$175$135$150-2.7%
GeForce GTX 1630 (opens in new tab)$155$245?0.0%
Intel Arc A380 (opens in new tab)$140$235$1400.0%

Overall retail prices have fallen 3.5% on average since last week, but that's sort of obscuring a few of the bigger changes. RTX 3090 Ti held steady, but the RTX 3090 dropped 11%, as did the RTX 3060 Ti. Even better, AMD's RX 6750 XT, RX 6700 XT, and RX 6700 10GB all showed double-digit percentage drops, with the MSI RX 6700 XT Mech 2X (opens in new tab) and ASRock RX 6700 XT Challenger D (opens in new tab) both going for $359.99 right now.

As good as though prices might seem, considering you're looking at somewhere between RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 levels of performance — plus you get 12GB of VRAM — the real darling of the value segment right now continues to be the Radeon RX 6600. The Sapphire RX 6600 Pulse (opens in new tab) can be picked up for just $229.99. That's the same price as the EVGA RTX 2060 6GB (opens in new tab), and while you don't get DLSS support, you do get more VRAM and generally 20% better performance in traditional rasterization games.

Not every GPU became cheaper over the past week, though. The RX 6950 XT was on sale before, and that ended now, resulting in a $40 price increase. RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 prices are also up, which is weird as no one should be buying those considering the RX 6600 more than doubles their performance. Several other GPUs remain flat on pricing as well — not too surprising considering we're only looking at the past week.

eBay GPU Prices, Sept. 15–23 vs. Sept. 1–14
GPUeBay PriceQTY Sold09/01-09/14 Price%Change
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (opens in new tab)$476113$4545.0%
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (opens in new tab)$33435$350-4.8%
GeForce RTX 2080 (opens in new tab)$29171$302-3.9%
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (opens in new tab)$28998$299-3.3%
GeForce RTX 2070 (opens in new tab)$24343$257-5.5%
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (opens in new tab)$23357$248-6.2%
GeForce RTX 2060 (opens in new tab)$20182$225-10.5%
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (opens in new tab)$15679$163-4.5%
GeForce GTX 1660 Super (opens in new tab)$149191$160-6.9%
GeForce GTX 1660 (opens in new tab)$14430$147-1.9%
GeForce GTX 1650 Super (opens in new tab)$12838$133-3.6%
GeForce GTX 1650 (opens in new tab)$13553$1276.1%
Radeon RX 5700 XT (opens in new tab)$198168$218-9.4%
Radeon RX 5700 (opens in new tab)$20410$2002.1%
Radeon RX 5600 XT (opens in new tab)$16655$176-5.6%
Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB (opens in new tab)$13811$1315.3%
Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB (opens in new tab)$894$118-24.8%

What about previous generation GPUs? For these, we're only looking at eBay prices, since that's where you'd have to go for many of the cards. Granted, a few of the Turing GPUs (2060 and 1660/1650 models) are available at retail still, though prices tend to be quite a bit higher.

Prices are down 4.3% on average, but there are a few GPUs where prices increased slightly — the RTX 2080 Ti, GTX 1650, RX 5700, and RX 5500 XT 8GB. Other models show some steep declines, with the RTX 2060 down 11%, and RX 5500 XT 4GB has fallen 25%! Note that only four RX 5500 XT 4GB cards were sold, however, which definitely distorts the picture.

As noted in our RX 6500 XT review, it's actually slower than the previous generation RX 5500 XT in most games. Sure, you get ray tracing hardware, but not enough of it to really matter. If you need a cheap budget GPU right now, picking up an RX 5500 XT for under $100 (used) isn't a bad idea. Plus, with 4GB the cards weren't much good for mining purposes, meaning you're unlikely to get a card that's been abused for the past two years.

Another interesting piece of information is that the AMD RX 5700 XT is now the best value out of all GPUs, at least if you're willing to take a risk on buying a used graphics card. And there is a risk, especially if you end up with something that's been blasted with high pressure water. Caveat emptor, as always, and look for established sellers with a return policy.

If you're in a rush to find a graphics card either for a new PC gaming build or to replace something that's on its last leg, this will hopefully put things in perspective. Otherwise, we recommend continuing to wait as we can only see prices on most of these GPUs falling even more in the next month or two while we await GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs and Radeon RX 7000-series GPUs.

Jarred Walton is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on everything GPU. He has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.

  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    And if you can't wait to get the best of Ada, the liquid cooled MSI Suprim RTX 4090 has been listed at B&H for the better part of $1700.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1729348-REG/msi_g4090slx24_geforce_rtx_4090_suprim.html
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Alvar Miles Udell said:
    And if you can't wait to get the best of Ada, the liquid cooled MSI Suprim RTX 4090 has been listed at B&H for the better part of $1700.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1729348-REG/msi_g4090slx24_geforce_rtx_4090_suprim.html
    Sign me up for two! Oh, wait... no SLI. :ROFLMAO:
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  • hannibal
    Prices are coming really slowly and in Europe they are not coming down at all :)
    So maybe next year...
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  • Heat_Fan89
    Currently the best deal is the 6900 XT which can be had for $699 on Amazon.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Heat_Fan89 said:
    Currently the best deal is the 6900 XT which can be had for $699 on Amazon.
    Depends on what you're after, but 6900 XT isn't 3X faster than RX 6600, so it's actually not the best bang for the buck. In fact, if you want to play with eBay prices and include previous generation GPUs, the RX 5500 XT 4GB is the best value at around $85, or 0.3772 FPS/$. Next is RX 5700 XT at $198 and 0.3727 FPS/$. Third is RX 5600 XT for $166 and 0.3501 FPS/$, The RX 6600 finally shows up at $203 and 0.3283 FPS/$. Where does the RX 6900 XT rank with an eBay average price of $644? It's in 49th place out of 65 GPUs, with only 0.2014 FPS/$.

    The worst values are the GT 1030, RX 550, and GTX 1630, incidentally, which are in the 0.1 FPS/$ range. Titan RTX and Radeon VII come next, followed by the 3090 Ti, 3090, and 6950 XT.
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  • IceQueen0607
    hannibal said:
    Prices are coming really slowly and in Europe they are not coming down at all :)
    So maybe next year...

    Nah... Just as they start to drop along comes the new mega-expensive RTX 40 series to push the prices up again :)

    I feel your pain. Prices for some models here in Australia are actually going up. But then the A$ is plummeting so I guess that doesn't help.

    I don't know if quoting prices from eBay at this point is worthwhile. Given eBay''s reputation as a scalpers haven it's probably not the place most informed people would be buying cards from, particularly with the risk of being sold an ex-mining card advertised as new.
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  • Pollopesca
    The only GPUs I’m seeing that match this chart are used GPUs. New ones are still selling at or close to MSRP on eBay.
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  • Eximo
    JarredWaltonGPU said:
    Depends on what you're after, but 6900 XT isn't 3X faster than RX 6600, so it's actually not the best bang for the buck. In fact, if you want to play with eBay prices and include previous generation GPUs, the RX 5500 XT 4GB is the best value at around $85, or 0.3772 FPS/$. Next is RX 5700 XT at $198 and 0.3727 FPS/$. Third is RX 5600 XT for $166 and 0.3501 FPS/$, The RX 6600 finally shows up at $203 and 0.3283 FPS/$. Where does the RX 6900 XT rank with an eBay average price of $644? It's in 49th place out of 65 GPUs, with only 0.2014 FPS/$.

    The worst values are the GT 1030, RX 550, and GTX 1630, incidentally, which are in the 0.1 FPS/$ range. Titan RTX and Radeon VII come next, followed by the 3090 Ti, 3090, and 6950 XT.

    Out of curiosity, how does the A380 stack up?

    Delivery of mine was delayed until today, so I haven't had a chance to mess with it yet.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    Eximo said:
    Out of curiosity, how does the A380 stack up?

    Delivery of mine was delayed until today, so I haven't had a chance to mess with it yet.
    In terms of bang for the buck? #46 of the 65 tested GPUs. Arc A380 at $140 only delivers 0.2023 FPS/$ (that's at 1080p Ultra, I should note). Here's a screenshot of the full "hierarchy" but sorted by performance. The "Value Rank" column is perhaps what you're after. Efficiency Rank is also interesting, while "Value+Eff Rank" is more a hypothetical combination that I was trying to figure out to show a meaningful "overall best" option — I wouldn't pay much attention to is. LOL.

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    I should also note that the GT 1030 and RX 550 have "fudged" performance, as I didn't test them at 1080p ultra. I just took the 1080p medium score and divided it by 2.5, which might actually be generous. So if you want 1080p Medium "value" it changes to this:

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    1440p and 4K would require removing a bunch of cards that I didn't test at 1440p and 4K (because they don't make sense at those resolutions), so I'll leave that as an exercise for the interested parties. But if you want the raw data...

    Full GPU NamePOWER1080p Ultra1080p Medium1440p Ultra4K UltraRadeon RX 6950 XT
    377.7
    137.27
    190.07
    115.38
    70.32
    GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
    437.4
    132.42
    180.10
    113.88
    75.69
    Radeon RX 6900 XT
    307.9
    129.72
    184.59
    105.51
    63.09
    GeForce RTX 3090
    361.3
    126.57
    178.07
    106.55
    68.78
    GeForce RTX 3080 12GB
    384.4
    124.53
    178.24
    103.98
    66.29
    Radeon RX 6800 XT
    302.5
    123.54
    179.08
    99.83
    58.54
    GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
    357.3
    123.42
    174.94
    103.38
    66.46
    GeForce RTX 3080
    332.8
    116.25
    173.43
    95.54
    60.63
    Radeon RX 6800
    233.1
    110.74
    172.68
    87.54
    50.56
    GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
    283.5
    104.10
    162.37
    82.55
    46.82
    Radeon RX 6750 XT
    262.9
    101.19
    167.96
    75.39
    41.93
    Titan RTX
    287.5
    101.01
    158.22
    80.46
    48.29
    GeForce RTX 3070
    218.1
    99.76
    157.66
    77.49
    43.15
    GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
    259.3
    95.97
    151.64
    75.29
    44.60
    Radeon RX 6700 XT
    215.1
    95.75
    159.85
    70.78
    39.42
    GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
    205.8
    91.50
    149.72
    69.68
    GeForce RTX 2080 Super
    245.5
    84.90
    137.84
    64.91
    34.53
    GeForce RTX 2080
    218.6
    82.20
    133.15
    62.38
    Radeon RX 6650 XT
    173.8
    79.89
    138.39
    56.74
    Radeon RX 6600 XT
    171.7
    78.07
    136.51
    54.91
    GeForce RTX 2070 Super
    212.6
    76.43
    124.14
    57.45
    Radeon RX 5700 XT
    214.4
    73.69
    125.85
    53.30
    29.25
    GeForce RTX 3060
    171.0
    70.19
    118.79
    52.59
    Radeon VII
    261.2
    69.67
    114.03
    52.98
    31.45
    GeForce RTX 2070
    195.9
    67.90
    110.68
    51.02
    Radeon RX 6600
    136.6
    66.69
    117.81
    46.13
    GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
    247.3
    66.54
    110.61
    50.26
    29.54
    GeForce RTX 2060 Super
    177.3
    65.06
    105.89
    48.23
    Radeon RX 5700
    163.0
    64.84
    111.27
    47.16
    Radeon RX 5600 XT
    151.6
    58.09
    100.56
    42.03
    Radeon RX Vega 64
    297.7
    56.81
    94.33
    41.60
    23.46
    GeForce RTX 2060
    159.1
    55.20
    96.82
    38.71
    GeForce GTX 1080
    180.5
    53.15
    89.99
    39.43
    GeForce RTX 3050
    123.6
    51.44
    89.40
    37.62
    GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
    174.7
    51.10
    85.81
    37.93
    Radeon RX Vega 56
    210.4
    50.58
    84.41
    36.96
    GeForce GTX 1660 Super
    124.0
    45.32
    82.84
    32.39
    GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
    123.8
    45.01
    82.43
    32.20
    GeForce GTX 1070
    140.7
    44.76
    75.06
    33.08
    GeForce GTX 1660
    116.5
    40.24
    75.05
    28.52
    Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
    126.1
    39.83
    72.57
    28.45
    Radeon RX 590
    214.0
    39.36
    68.57
    29.07
    GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    212.0
    35.87
    62.57
    26.65
    Radeon R9 Fury X
    239.3
    35.41
    64.40

    Radeon RX 580 8GB
    208.7
    35.35
    61.72
    26.01
    GeForce GTX 1650 Super
    100.8
    33.90
    67.96
    22.98
    Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
    125.2
    33.48
    66.94

    GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
    114.1
    32.22
    58.02
    23.04
    Radeon RX 6500 XT
    89.5
    30.80
    65.78
    17.98
    Radeon R9 390
    252.9
    29.80
    51.20

    GeForce GTX 980
    172.8
    28.90
    53.68

    GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6
    81.1
    28.80
    56.67

    Intel Arc A380
    73.0
    28.32
    54.74
    19.46
    Radeon RX 570 4GB
    150.5
    28.30
    53.64
    19.96
    GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
    106.4
    27.78
    52.56

    GeForce GTX 1650
    81.2
    26.89
    51.14

    GeForce GTX 970
    150.0
    26.48
    49.14

    Radeon RX 6400
    53.7
    23.65
    51.96

    GeForce GTX 780
    180.6
    22.01
    38.51

    GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
    58.3
    19.83
    37.97

    GeForce GTX 1630
    51.7
    16.86
    33.88

    GeForce GTX 1050
    49.5
    14.81
    29.76

    Radeon RX 560 4GB
    64.1
    14.80
    31.85

    Radeon RX 550 4GB
    45 (estimated)
    7.85
    19.62

    GeForce GT 1030
    35 (estimated)
    5.81
    14.53

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  • Eximo
    Not as bad as I thought. Would be much worse at the higher price point for the Gunnir model. Look forward to seeing the A770 on here.

    If it will run in fanless mode while just doing video playback, it gets to stay.
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