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GPU Prices 2022: Hitting the Brakes

GPU Prices Index: eBay Charts
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We track current GPU prices on all the best graphics cards and the latest additions to our GPU benchmarks hierarchy. We scrape eBay's sales data to get details on what sort of prices people are paying for GPUs. We provide monthly updates on eBay's prices for the latest generation Nvidia Ampere and AMD Big Navi generation GPUs, along with the previous generation Turing and RDNA graphics cards.

GPU prices continued to drop compared to the previous month, though the rate of decrease slowed quite a bit. Where average GPU prices dropped by 14% in June, they only fell 6% in July. That's perhaps partly because of a modest rebound in cryptocurrency prices, though with an average income of just $2.50 per day on an RTX 3090 Ti or RTX 3090, it would require about 500 days to break even.

Buying a used graphics card has some risks, so we don't strongly encourage people to go the used route. Still, if you're comfortable servicing a card or potentially returning it for a refund, there are some decent deals to be had.

We're now at the point where 18 of the 21 current generation graphics cards are selling on eBay for less than their official MSRPs. The last remaining holdouts are the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3060, and RTX 3050, which were perhaps priced too aggressively to begin with. Everything else is anywhere from a few percent below MSRP, to as much as 30% below MSRP in a few cases. Here's the overview of eBay GPU sales for the month of July 2022.

Nvidia Ampere and AMD RDNA2 GPUs: eBay Pricing for July 2022
GPUAvg eBay PriceQTY SoldRetail PriceLast PriceMonthly ChangeFPS/$
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (opens in new tab)$1,45280$1,400$1,538-5.6%0.0912
GeForce RTX 3090 (opens in new tab)$1,057828$1,204$1,098-3.7%0.1198
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (opens in new tab)$901432$950$956-5.8%0.1370
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB (opens in new tab)$773101$799$835-7.4%0.1611
GeForce RTX 3080 (opens in new tab)$6961186$800$728-4.4%0.1670
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (opens in new tab)$593549$674$620-4.4%0.1755
GeForce RTX 3070 (opens in new tab)$4881459$550$518-5.8%0.2046
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab)$4371428$471$461-5.1%0.2093
GeForce RTX 3060 (opens in new tab)$355478$390$379-6.2%0.1978
GeForce RTX 3050 (opens in new tab)$288116$300$304-5.4%0.1785
Radeon RX 6950 XT (opens in new tab)$8439$1,000$1,069-21.2%0.1629
Radeon RX 6900 XT (opens in new tab)$697160$749$767-9.0%0.1860
Radeon RX 6800 XT (opens in new tab)$615188$670$625-1.5%0.2009
Radeon RX 6800 (opens in new tab)$513149$580$551-6.9%0.2159
Radeon RX 6750 XT (opens in new tab)$5053$500$513-1.6%0.2005
Radeon RX 6700 XT (opens in new tab)$393518$449$407-3.3%0.2434
Radeon RX 6650 XT (opens in new tab)$35933$340$368-2.3%0.2223
Radeon RX 6600 XT (opens in new tab)$285423$330$299-4.5%0.2736
Radeon RX 6600 (opens in new tab)$235275$260$258-8.7%0.2833
Radeon RX 6500 XT (opens in new tab)$16244$168$171-5.2%0.1905
Radeon RX 6400 (opens in new tab)$1577$140$1532.5%0.1506

You can see the month-to-month change in GPU prices on eBay, alongside the current retail prices. Obviously, retail has the advantage of guaranteeing you a brand-new graphics card, whereas eBay usually means used cards. Currently, retail prices are 7% higher on average, though several GPUs (RTX 3090 Ti, RX 6750 XT, RX 6650 XT, and RX 6400) are cheaper at retail.

It's unusual to see changes in MSRPs for graphics cards, particularly from Nvidia, but the highest priced Nvidia GPUs (3090 Ti, 3090, 3080 Ti) are no longer able to justify their extreme pricing. Unofficially, at least, it seems Nvidia has given its partners the option to reduce prices on those cards quite a bit. The flip side is that the three least expensive Nvidia cards — RTX 3050, RTX 3060, and RTX 3060 Ti — are the only current generation GPUs that are still selling above MSRP on eBay.

Overall, Nvidia's average eBay price is 6% below MSRP across all ten of its Ampere GPUs. AMD has substantially lower pricing, both for comparatively equal performance as well as relative to MSRPs. The average eBay price for AMD's RDNA 2 GPUs currently sits at 17% below MSRP.

As we've said before, while these prices might feel tempting, we expect additional price drops in the coming months. After that, all bets are off as we should hopefully see Nvidia Ada and AMD RDNA 3 GPUs enter the market. We'll continue to see the current generation parts alongside the newcomers, but that will mostly be in the midrange and budget sectors.

The monthly volume of GPUs sold on eBay dipped slightly, down 1.4%, but that's close enough to a tie. Nvidia's numbers were down 3%, while AMD's were up 5%, at least on eBay, suggesting more people are starting to give AMD a shot.

Nvidia Turing and AMD RDNA GPUs: eBay Pricing for July 2022
GPUAvg eBay PriceQTY SoldLast PriceMonthly ChangeFPS/$
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (opens in new tab)$517328$564-8.2%0.1855
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (opens in new tab)$403188$407-0.8%0.2105
GeForce RTX 2080 (opens in new tab)$347203$348-0.4%0.2371
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (opens in new tab)$322402$342-5.8%0.2375
GeForce RTX 2070 (opens in new tab)$286227$310-7.7%0.2372
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (opens in new tab)$276173$298-7.4%0.2356
GeForce RTX 2060 (opens in new tab)$227522$241-5.7%0.2435
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (opens in new tab)$183225$200-8.5%0.2392
GeForce GTX 1660 Super (opens in new tab)$186608$201-7.4%0.2389
GeForce GTX 1660 (opens in new tab)$173133$174-0.1%0.2301
GeForce GTX 1650 Super (opens in new tab)$151111$171-12.1%0.2205
GeForce GTX 1650 (opens in new tab)$149237$155-4.2%0.1790
Radeon RX 5700 XT (opens in new tab)$276856$314-12.1%0.2667
Radeon RX 5700 (opens in new tab)$257164$286-10.0%0.2523
Radeon RX 5600 XT (opens in new tab)$194260$215-9.6%0.2993
Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB (opens in new tab)$16031$174-8.5%0.2497
Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB (opens in new tab)$14929$156-4.4%0.2240

Getting a previous generation card basically requires you to go through eBay or some other secondhand market, as very few of these cards are available at retail. The exception, sort of, are Nvidia's GTX 16-series parts, which also have a (very sluggish and overpriced) GTX 1630 as a new option. Our review will be up soon, but as  you'd guess by the reduction in GPU cores and memory interface width, there's not much reason to spend basically as much on a GTX 1630 as you'd pay for a GTX 1650 (GDDR6 version, even).

Prices on Turing and RDNA 1 GPUs dropped again, by 8% on average, while the number of GPUs sold on eBay shot up 26% compared to last month. Still, the total number of previous generation GPUs sold on eBay is only 4,700 — a drop in the bucket compared to the retail GPU market.

As with last month, AMD's RX 5700 XT, RX 5700, and RX 5600 XT saw the biggest price cuts, but only by around 10–12% this time. The GTX 1650 Super also saw a decent 12% dip in pricing, which finally puts it below Nvidia's official MSRP — and about $50 below the typical price of a brand-new GTX 1630. If you're after a decent budget option, the GTX 1650 Super is one of the few instances where buying a used card still makes more sense then getting a new card.

July GPU Pricing Summary: The Deluge

Flooded cars, like a flood of used graphics cards

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

The supply and pricing on used graphics cards has certainly become more enticing in recent months. If you're willing to set a lower maximum, it's quite easy to pick up a card via an auction for even lower prices — that's what "average pricing" means, after all. A bit of cleaning, some new thermal pads, and some testing is potentially all that stands between you and a high performance GPU. Or you could get unlucky and end up dealing with a return, which tends to favor buyers on eBay so it's not too bad.

Still, buying a used graphics card comes with some risks. We'd assume any GPU with 6GB or more VRAM was mining for the past year or more. If you take the chance on a used card, be sure to thoroughly test it, and buy from someone that offers returns.

Nvidia's upcoming RTX 40-series Nvidia Ada GPUs are starting to hit the rumor mill hard. It's possible some of the "leaks" are just guesses, but some of the more reputable Twitter people have started posting information. For example, one recent leak suggests the RTX 4070 Ti will match or exceed the RTX 3090 Ti in performance — not too surprising, given the same thing happened with RTX 3070 and RTX 2080 Ti. Though the rumored specs on the 4070 Ti suggest Nvidia has seriously overhauled the architecture, possibly with lots of extra cache.

AMD's RDNA 3 hasn't been doing the rounds quite as much, so we figure it's still a few months out. It will likely arrive in November, two years after the RDNA 2 cards launched. AMD's use of chiplets will be very interesting to see in action, as that could make or break the design.

While waiting for the next-gen GPUs to launch does make sense, we also have to point out how much scalpers affected pricing on the early RTX 30-series and RX 6000-series launches. Even before cryptocurrency mining really killed retail availability, scalpers were marking up cards by 50% or more in late 2020. Let's hope Ada and RDNA 3 don't repeat that pattern.

Jarred Walton
Jarred Walton

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.

  • Kridian
    "The most desirable cards are now selling for close to triple their official launch prices."And THAT my friends, is why we don't buy sh*t on eBay (aka: Scalper's Haven).
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  • exploding_psu
    Me blindly buying a second-hand Vega 56 above MSRP years ago didn't look so bad now
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  • Sat32
    This scalping <Mod Edit> needs to end and Nvidia, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Sony could stop this if they wanted to in a second.
    Years ago I ended up with a DVD exercise program P90 I think, since I didn't want it I listed it on ebay took about 15 minutes for the add to be pulled for copyright infringement.
    I wasn't a authorized dealers and P90 was there copyrighted trademark like Nvidia, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Sony are all copyrighted trademarks so they do have the ability to stop this.
    People should be able to sell there stuff on ebay and make money but not in this way sucking everything up from every retailer amplifying the shortages for there own benefit.
    Nvidia could simply ask for every add that uses there copyrighted trademarks more then 10% above MSRP pulled down the scalping and bots would disappear overnight.
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  • ThisIsMe
    Only eBay can stop this in a heartbeat. All they have to do is ban people from selling new graphics cards or game consoles or whatever for 6 months. That’s it. People need to wise up and boycott eBay altogether until they wise up.
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  • excalibur1814
    You know what else needs to stop, on eBay? 0 feedback accounts.

    I've been watching Nikon Z6 auctions for over a month and EVERY single one is bid up to around £850. EVERY. Single.One. All tech item prices are seemingly being inflated and that benefits oems, eBay and share holders. It's annoying. It's obvious. It's so obvious, yet most threads are full of people shouting that it isn't an issue and that there's nothing going on.

    Yeah, okay.
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  • LolaGT
    It used to be really easy to track on auction sites with a little detective work.
    It has been many years now since ebay hid the bidding IDs so it was almost impossible to confirm it, and of course now that you can't see the obvious, it doesn't happen as far as ebay is concerned.


    Shill bidding in auctions is the deliberate placing bids on the seller's behalf to artificially drive up the price of his auctioned item. Shill bidding has been known to occur in auctions of high-value items like art and antiques where bidders' valuations differ and the seller's payoff from fraud is high.
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  • Clarence_Darrow
    ThisIsMe said:
    Only eBay can stop this in a heartbeat. All they have to do is ban people from selling new graphics cards or game consoles or whatever for 6 months. That’s it. People need to wise up and boycott eBay altogether until they wise up.

    Ebay makes far too much money to ever do this willingly.
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  • daworstplaya
    Clarence_Darrow said:
    Ebay makes far too much money to ever do this willingly.

    ^This!
    Honestly in this climate MS and Sony should just stop selling their consoles for a loss and sell the consoles for a higher price themselves and keep the profits vs allowing these low life scalpers (aka leeches) to make a quick buck.

    GPUs are a different story though, what needs to happen is for all the Cryptocurrency servers to be shut down in China and where ever else they are currently running. Kill Crypto and this whole thing goes away. There is absolutely no reason from Crypto currency ponzi scheme to exist.
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  • blacknemesist
    At least mining is getting diminished returns, hopefully it keeps dropping more and more and not only do they stop buying they will need to sell them to cut their losses.
    I would be happy if all gamers boycotted the 3xxx series just to let crypto crappers suffer all the losses but that isn't going to happen,
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  • Sat32
    Ebay is making money off the scalpers there is no reason for them to stop it. On the other hand Nvidia and it's vendors are dealing with pissed off customers and losing sales with tie in sales. I suggested a solution to this issue one call from one of Nvidia's lawyers letting ebay, stock-x, Facebook market place know if there products are sold on there sites all sellers will need to be authorized resellers. or they can expect legal action seeking damages for copyright infringment
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