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Graphics Card Prices Dropped by 15% on Average in May

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Availability and pricing on the best graphics cards continue to improve, with over half of the current generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs now selling at or below MSRP. We've been tracking GPU prices on eBay for over a year now, as that used to be the best place to find cards that were actually in stock, but that's no longer the case. Amazon, Newegg, and other online retailers routinely have inventory available, sometimes for less than you'd typically pay on eBay. You can also get a new card rather than a potentially used model that might have been mined hard for the past two years.

We've pulled all the data into one place here, looking at the best price we can find for the past several generations of GPUs. That's eBay for anything outside of the RTX 30-series, RX 7000-series, and some of the GTX 16-series cards as well. We'll then rank the cards by bang for the buck (FPS per dollar spent) using 1080p ultra performance data from our GPU benchmarks hierarchy. Of course, that doesn't mean you should go out and buy an old GPU, but it's interesting to see just how well some of the cards hold up even in modern games.

Graphics Card Bang for the Buck, 2015 to Present
Graphics CardBest PricePerf/$1080p Ultra FPS1080p Medium1440p Ultra4K Ultra
GeForce GTX 780 (opens in new tab)$900.24522.038.5  
Radeon R9 Fury X (opens in new tab)$1470.24135.464.4  
GeForce GTX 970 (opens in new tab)$1130.23326.549.1  
Radeon RX 6600 (opens in new tab)$2900.23066.7117.846.1 
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (opens in new tab)$1230.22527.852.6  
Radeon RX 6600 XT (opens in new tab)$3500.22378.1136.554.9 
GeForce GTX 1070 (opens in new tab)$2020.22244.864.038.8 
Radeon R9 390 (opens in new tab)$1360.21929.851.2  
Radeon RX 570 4GB (opens in new tab)$1310.21628.353.620.0 
GeForce GTX 980 (opens in new tab)$1350.21528.953.7  
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (opens in new tab)$2390.21451.185.837.9 
Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB (opens in new tab)$1600.20933.566.9  
Radeon RX 6650 XT (opens in new tab)$3850.20879.9138.456.7 
GeForce GTX 1080 (opens in new tab)$2560.20753.190.039.4 
Radeon RX 6700 XT (opens in new tab)$4770.20195.8159.870.839.4
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (opens in new tab)$1610.20032.258.023.0 
Radeon RX 6750 XT (opens in new tab)$5110.198101.2168.075.441.9
Radeon RX 5600 XT (opens in new tab)$2940.19858.1100.642.0 
GeForce RTX 2060 (opens in new tab)$2820.19655.296.838.7 
Radeon RX 590 (opens in new tab)$2060.19139.468.629.1 
GeForce RTX 2080 (opens in new tab)$4300.19182.2133.162.4 
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (opens in new tab)$4090.18776.4124.157.4 
GeForce RTX 2070 (opens in new tab)$3650.18667.9110.751.0 
GeForce GTX 1660 (opens in new tab)$2140.18639.975.128.5 
GeForce GTX 980 Ti (opens in new tab)$1940.18535.962.626.7 
Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB (opens in new tab)$2160.18439.872.628.5 
GeForce GTX 1650 Super (opens in new tab)$1830.18133.267.923.0 
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (opens in new tab)$3680.18166.5110.650.329.5
GeForce GTX 1660 Super (opens in new tab)$2490.17944.482.831.5 
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (opens in new tab)$3700.17665.1105.948.2 
GeForce RTX 3060 (opens in new tab)$4000.17570.2118.852.6 
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab)$5230.17591.5149.769.7 
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (opens in new tab)$2520.17443.981.931.6 
Radeon RX 6500 XT (opens in new tab)$1750.17430.465.418.0 
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (opens in new tab)$4980.17084.9137.864.934.5
Radeon RX 5700 (opens in new tab)$3810.17064.8111.347.2 
Radeon RX 6800 (opens in new tab)$6550.169110.7172.787.550.6
Radeon RX 580 8GB (opens in new tab)$2110.16835.361.726.0 
GeForce RTX 3070 (opens in new tab)$6000.16699.8157.777.543.2
Radeon RX 5700 XT (opens in new tab)$4490.16473.7125.853.329.3
GeForce RTX 3050 (opens in new tab)$3150.16351.489.437.6 
Radeon RX Vega 64 (opens in new tab)$3490.16356.894.341.623.5
Radeon RX 6800 XT (opens in new tab)$7670.161123.5179.199.858.5
Radeon RX 560 4GB (opens in new tab)$920.16014.831.8  
GeForce GTX 1050 (opens in new tab)$930.15814.829.8  
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB (opens in new tab)$8000.156124.5178.2104.066.3
GeForce GTX 1650 (opens in new tab)$1750.15226.651.1  
Radeon RX Vega 56 (opens in new tab)$3360.15150.684.437.0 
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (opens in new tab)$1320.15019.838.0  
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (opens in new tab)$7000.149104.1162.482.646.8
Radeon RX 6900 XT (opens in new tab)$8750.148129.7184.6105.563.1
GeForce RTX 3080 (opens in new tab)$8000.145116.3173.495.560.6
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (opens in new tab)$6860.14096.0151.675.344.6
Radeon RX 6950 XT (opens in new tab)$1,0700.128137.3190.1115.470.3
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (opens in new tab)$1,0000.123123.4174.9103.466.5
Radeon RX 550 4GB (opens in new tab)$900.1029.119.6  
GeForce RTX 3090 (opens in new tab)$1,4380.088126.6178.1106.568.8
Radeon VII (opens in new tab)$8270.08469.7114.053.031.4
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (opens in new tab)$1,8290.072132.4180.1113.975.7
Titan RTX (opens in new tab)$1,3970.072101.0158.280.548.3

The links in the first column are for either eBay or Amazon, though for current-gen graphics cards, you'll want to check Newegg and other retailers as well. Cards that deliver modest performance with a low price rank higher than most newer models, but pay attention to the actual performance on tap and the age of the graphics card. The R9 Fury X sits in second place, but it no longer has active driver support, while the top-ranked GTX 780 is an older card that can't actually run certain modern games (like Far Cry 6).

The best reasonably recent option goes to AMD's RX 6600, which currently can be had for as little as $290 — $40 below the official MSRP. Typical performance is similar to the GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2060 Super, and RX 5700, depending on the games you're playing. The card also only needs about 140W, depending on the particular model.

AMD's RX 6600 XT, RX 6650 XT, RX 6700 XT, and RX 6750 XT all score pretty high in overall value, while the best values for a GeForce RTX card belong to the previous generation RTX 2060, 2070, 2070 Super, and RTX 2080. If you're looking for the best value on an RTX 30-series GPU, the RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti land halfway down the table.

Again, older GPUs aren't necessarily the way to go, and raw performance can be more important than a more nebulous value ranking. Buying a cheap GTX 1060 3GB for $125 will suffice for lighter gaming and internet surfing, but if you want 60 fps gaming at 1080p ultra, you'll want a card at least as fast as an RX 5700 or RTX 2060 Super — which brings us back to the RX 6600 and 6600 XT mentioned a moment ago, as those typically offer better performance at a lower price.

Graphics Card Performance per Dollar, RTX 30- and RX 6000-Series
Graphics CardBest PricePerf/$1080p Ultra FPS1080p Medium1440p Ultra4K Ultra
Radeon RX 6600 (opens in new tab)$2900.23066.7117.846.1 
Radeon RX 6600 XT (opens in new tab)$3500.22378.1136.554.9 
Radeon RX 6650 XT (opens in new tab)$3850.20879.9138.456.7 
Radeon RX 6700 XT (opens in new tab)$4770.20195.8159.870.839.4
Radeon RX 6750 XT (opens in new tab)$5110.198101.2168.075.441.9
GeForce RTX 3060 (opens in new tab)$4000.17570.2118.852.6 
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab)$5230.17591.5149.769.7 
Radeon RX 6500 XT (opens in new tab)$1750.17430.465.418.0 
Radeon RX 6800 (opens in new tab)$6550.169110.7172.787.550.6
GeForce RTX 3070 (opens in new tab)$6000.16699.8157.777.543.2
GeForce RTX 3050 (opens in new tab)$3150.16351.489.437.6 
Radeon RX 6800 XT (opens in new tab)$7670.161123.5179.199.858.5
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB (opens in new tab)$8000.156124.5178.2104.066.3
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (opens in new tab)$7000.149104.1162.482.646.8
Radeon RX 6900 XT (opens in new tab)$8750.148129.7184.6105.563.1
GeForce RTX 3080 (opens in new tab)$8000.145116.3173.495.560.6
Radeon RX 6950 XT (opens in new tab)$1,0700.128137.3190.1115.470.3
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (opens in new tab)$1,0000.123123.4174.9103.466.5
GeForce RTX 3090 (opens in new tab)$1,4380.088126.6178.1106.568.8
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (opens in new tab)$1,8290.072132.4180.1113.975.7

Here's the same information, but restricted to only the 20 latest generation GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. AMD's value proposition becomes far more obvious with this view, where the mid-range to high-end RX 6000-series GPUs take the top six spots. You can also get playable performance at 1440p with nearly all of these graphics cards, the sole exception being the RX 6500 XT.

For Nvidia, despite still having somewhat large markups over the official MSRPs, the RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti are relatively competitive with AMD's GPUs — especially if we factor in ray tracing performance and DLSS (which the performance numbers don't do for this table). Still, the best value AMD GPUs are at 0.20–0.23 FPS/$, whereas Nvidia's GPUs are at 0.175 FPS/$. As you'd expect, the extreme performance cards populate the bottom of the table, with the RTX 3090 Ti offering less than half the FPS/$ of most of the other graphics cards. In fact, the only GPU in our complete list above that represents a worse value is the Titan RTX.

Taking in the big picture, graphics card prices dropped another 15% on average compared to the previous month. For AMD, only the RX 6800 XT and 6800 cost more than their official MSRPs of $650 and $580, respectively. Conversely, most Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs still sell for more than the MSRP. The extreme prices on the 3080 12GB and above mean those cards aren't marked up as much, but the RTX 3050 through RTX 3080 10GB are marked up by 20% on average.

That's a lot better than the double or triple MSRPs that we saw last year, and we're heading in the right direction, so hopefully in the next few months we'll see all of the cards selling at or below their MSRPs. And then we'll start seeing the next-gen graphics cards, and the cycle can start all over again — just without cryptominers getting involved.

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.

  • ThatMouse
    Not sure where you're getting those low prices from... not Amazon or Newegg.
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  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    ThatMouse said:
    Not sure where you're getting those low prices from... not Amazon or Newegg.

    The third party vendor pages (not nvidia or amd), like ASUS, etc.
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  • Pirx73
    Where i live, Europe...
    6500XT cheapest .. approx 220euros - getting close to MSRP
    RTX3050 ... 370euros, at least 100euros higher than it should be
    videocards above mentioned - barely any price decrease.
    6600XT - almost 500, same for RTX3060
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  • MrStillwater
    Prices haven't dropped here in the UK for weeks. You can get an RTX3060 for around £360 but 3060tis have sat at around £470 for ages. Same with RX6700s.
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  • IceQueen0607
    Nor have they dropped much in AU recently. In fact, this is the kind of false advertising we have to continually deal with. Based on the exchange rate of around A$0.72 to USD, and add GST and a few other bits and pieces you'd expect the RTX 3060 to be around $575.

    Some retailers are advertising the the RRP (or MSRP), is as high as A$1299. That's outright rubbish. They'll try anything to coerce people into buying something.

    Here's just one example: https://www.techbuy.com.au/p/493475/VIDEOCARDS_PCIEX_30XX_SERIES/MSI/RTX_3060_GAMING_X_12G.asp
    It get worse the higher up to the models you.

    Of course, stock is extremely hard to find, and households are being limited to ONE card only.

    RTX 3060 ti have been around A$830+ for months. No downward movement all.
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  • King_V
    @JarredWaltonGPU . . minor edit/nitpick
    For AMD, only the RX 6800 and 6800 XT cost more than their official MSRPs of $650 and $580, respectively.
    Those two prices should be swapped.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    ThatMouse said:
    Not sure where you're getting those low prices from... not Amazon or Newegg.
    As noted in the text, current gen card prices are either Amazon, Newegg, other online retailers, or in a few cases the average price over the past month from eBay — whichever is lowest. Here's the table of pricing data that I put together via my research:

    GPUNewegg/Amazon/etc.eBayMSRPRTX 3090 Ti
    $1,900

    $1,829

    $2,000
    RTX 3090
    $1,550

    $1,438

    $1,500
    RTX 3080 Ti
    $1,000

    $1,134

    $1,200
    RTX 3080 12GB
    $800

    $959

    $800
    RTX 3080
    $800

    $899

    $700
    RTX 3070 Ti
    $700

    $710

    $600
    RTX 3070
    $600

    $641

    $500
    RTX 3060 Ti
    $570

    $579

    $400
    RTX 3060
    $400

    $424

    $330
    RTX 3050
    $330

    $315

    $250
    RX 6950 XT
    $1,070

    $1,600

    $1,100
    RX 6900 XT
    $880

    $875

    $1,000
    RX 6800 XT
    $800

    $767

    $650
    RX 6800
    $750

    $655

    $580
    RX 6750 XT
    $540

    $511

    $550
    RX 6700 XT
    $485

    $477

    $480
    RX 6650 XT
    $385

    $400

    $500
    RX 6600 XT
    $370

    $350

    $380
    RX 6600
    $300

    $290

    $330
    RX 6500 XT
    $175

    $192

    $200
    RX 6400
    $160

    $151

    $160

    I've bolded the Newegg/eBay column prices for the lowest option. About half of the lowest prices are via eBay, but most are pretty close to what you'd pay at Newegg. Only the 3090 and 3090 Ti have relatively large discounts.
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  • dk382
    Gigabyte's 3080 10GBs have been $770 on Newegg the last couple days after a coupon code, though that doesn't change the value too much.

    The 3060 Ti is usually available direct from MSI or Asus for less than it is on Newegg. It's $540 right now at MSI. EVGA's XC Black Gaming model goes for $480 from time to time at their webstore, but it usually sells out within a couple hours. There seems be very little stock available for the 3060 Ti in general. I'm not sure if this is because it sells extremely fast even at $500+ prices, or if Nvidia just isn't shipping many of them. You can track total inventory at Micro Center, and at any given time they'll have 100+ 3060s at my local store and like 5 - 15 3060 Tis. (edit: and they'll have even more 3050s, sometimes over 150. very few people seem to be buying those at $330+, but retailers seem reluctant to lower the price)
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  • luissantos
    Not sure where you're getting some of those performance values either, particularly for the 3080 12GB vs 3080 Ti.
    I was surprised by how close the 2 were in terms of performance in your table, so I went and did myself a bit of Googling.
    Every single side-by-side video I found shows the Ti version outperforming the 12GB model by about 10% @ 1440p / Ultra and more than that at 4k.

    I don't have acces to either of these GPUs to conduct my own testing, so I can only sit here with suspicion and discomfort over the provided data's general reliability.
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  • thisisaname
    Cards getting to or below inflated MSRP with new cards not far off does not make me want to rush out and buy one.
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