Skip to main content

GPU Prices, December 2021

GPU Prices Index: eBay Charts
(Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

We track current GPU prices on all the best graphics cards and the latest additions to our GPU benchmarks hierarchy. We scrape eBay's historical 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.

If you're looking for an actual good deal on a new graphics card, we suggest checking our RTX 3080 deals, RTX 3070 deals, and RTX 3060 deals pages. Alternatively, as some people are buying PCs just for the GPUs, you might just want to buy one of the best gaming PCs.

As we predicted last month, the looming holidays and beginning of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales didn't do GPU prices any favors. Every GPU (minus one) increased in average eBay pricing compared to October, with the overall trend being about 6% higher. Perhaps because of those higher prices, the quantity sold on most cards was down quite a bit, with a few exceptions we'll discuss below.

Bitcoin and Ethereum prices reached all-time highs in early November, but Bitcoin's price contracted slightly toward the end of the month, seemingly stabilizing at just under $60,000. Ethereum meanwhile sits at around $4,700, just a bit shy of its $4,850 peak on November 10. Any hope of Ethereum's shift to Proof of Stake helping things has been pushed off to some time in the first half of 2022, though it's anyone's guess as to whether it will really happen this time or get delayed again (I'm betting on the latter).

We've switched to doing monthly updates now, with data for all of AMD's RDNA and RDNA 2 GPUs along with Nvidia's Turing and Ampere GPUs. Here's a look back at the month of November 2021.

Nvidia Ampere and AMD RDNA2 GPUs: eBay Pricing for November 2021
GPUAvg eBay PriceQTY SoldGross SalesFPS/$
GeForce RTX 3090$2,9361305$3,831,3890.0520
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti$1,8951483$2,810,0330.0788
GeForce RTX 3080$1,7201448$2,490,1840.0827
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti$1,2011258$1,511,4740.1035
GeForce RTX 3070$1,1932380$2,840,3160.0977
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti$1,0022166$2,169,5960.1061
GeForce RTX 3060 12GB$7492159$1,616,8970.1117
Radeon RX 6900 XT$1,599206$329,3010.0926
Radeon RX 6800 XT$1,384283$391,7680.1028
Radeon RX 6800$1,332123$163,8020.0982
Radeon RX 6700 XT$945661$624,5260.1185
Radeon RX 6600 XT$665857$570,0760.1326
Radeon RX 6600$588377$221,8150.1278

Average prices for Nvidia's RTX 30-series GPUs increased by 9.2% compared to October, while the average price for AMD's RDNA 2 GPUs was mostly flat (1.1% higher). However, part of that is thanks to significantly higher numbers of RX 6600 cards sold — 156% more than in October — which brings the average down. Individually, every current generation GPU increased in eBay pricing by anywhere from 3% to 10% (7.8% average across all GPUs).

With the increase in prices, it's no surprise to see reduced numbers of cards sold — at least on eBay; we don't have any direct insight into the number of GPUs sold elsewhere. Nvidia's unit sales dropped by 18.2% while AMD's dropped 11%, with an overall drop of 17.1%. Nvidia continues to outsell AMD by a ratio of nearly 5 to 1, while overall sales in dollars spent favor Nvidia by a 7.5 to 1 ratio.

We don't try to distinguish between Nvidia's LHR and non-LHR cards, though that only applies to the RTX 3080, 3070, and 3060 Ti. If you're specifically looking for a non-LHR model, prices tend to be about 10–20% higher. That's because most of the eBay sales are still likely going to cryptocurrency miners, though certainly there are desperate gamers trying to get a new GPU still.

As far as value — if we're only looking at the cost of the graphics card, which isn't necessarily the best approach as the rest of the PC should also factor into things — in terms of fps per dollar spent the AMD RX 6600 XT comes out on top. The RX 6600 comes next, followed by the RX 6700 XT and then the RTX 3060. As you'd expect, halo cards like the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 deliver the worst overall value. That of course changes if we factor in $750 for the rest of the gaming PC. Do that and the RX 6800 XT and RX 6700 XT take top honors, followed by the RTX 3070 Ti and the rest of the RX 6000-series. Food for thought.

There weren't been any real graphics card deals during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, and we expect that to continue for the coming months. In fact, last-minute shoppers may drive GPU prices even higher during December — we'll be back next month to sift through the numbers.

Nvidia Turing and AMD RDNA GPUs: eBay Pricing for November 2021
GPUAvg eBay PriceQTY SoldGross SalesFPS/$
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti$1,137338$384,201.220.1040
GeForce RTX 2080 Super$860189$162,522.990.1187
GeForce RTX 2080$775174$134,867.400.1232
GeForce RTX 2070 Super$701222$155,721.900.1297
GeForce RTX 2070$763351$267,728.760.1062
GeForce RTX 2060 Super$701212$148,707.400.1101
GeForce RTX 2060$571503$287,197.910.1201
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti$532266$141,485.400.1086
GeForce GTX 1660 Super$558755$421,101.250.1038
GeForce GTX 1660$457317$144,751.710.1098
GeForce GTX 1650 Super$333340$113,311.800.1304
GeForce GTX 1650$308544$167,573.760.1036
Radeon RX 5700 XT$963962$926,713.840.0898
Radeon RX 5700$872123$107,248.620.0899
Radeon RX 5600 XT$568111$63,089.070.1251
Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB$46664$29,806.720.1044
Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB$34943$15,019.900.1240

As with the current generation GPUs, GPU prices on previous generation cards were almost universally higher in November compared to October. The sole exception was the RX 5600 XT, which showed a 7.5% drop on eBay, and the GTX 1650 was flat. Everything else increased in price by 4–12%, with an overall average GPU price on previous generation GPUs going up 2.8%.

The only GPU selling at less than its original MSRP is the RTX 2080 Ti, and that's only if you use the $1,199 MSRP of the Founders Edition and not the "sometimes available" $999 starting price on basic cards. The average price on Turing cards increased 3.7%, while average pricing on AMD's RX 5000-series was up by 7.4%.

Unit sales were mostly down, with two exceptions: The GTX 1650 Super and the RTX 2060, with the 1650 Super shooting up by 42%. But perhaps that's because we're only talking about a few hundred GPUs total. As a whole, the number of previous generation GPUs sold on eBay dropped 8% compared to October, with AMD's numbers plummeting by 25% thanks to a big dip and RX 5700 XT, 5600 XT, and 5500 XT 8GB numbers.

Looking just at the GPU, the GTX 1650 Super and RTX 2070 Super come pretty close to matching the fps/$ of the best current-gen GPUs. Factor in a PC price of $750 and most of the RTX 20-series cards come close to matching the "value" of the best RTX 30-series and RX 6000-series GPUs. The RX 5700 and 5700 XT continue to be the worst overall picks as far as gaming value goes, thanks to their rather decent mining performance.

GPU Prices Summary: Holiday Shopping Spree

GPU prices holiday shopping spree

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Even without the effect of cryptocurrency mining, December generally isn't a great time to find GPU deals — unless there's a massive surplus and companies are trying to clear inventory, which clearly isn't the case right now. In fact, Nvidia has confirmed the upcoming RTX 2060 12GB cards are real with its latest drivers. Miners didn't want old Turing GPUs and didn't want to pay Nvidia's high CMP prices, so instead gamers have the chance for some warmed over entry-level RTX 20-series. Nice.

The best way to get a reasonable price on a GPU right now is to buy a complete PC. If you factor in $200 for the assembly and support, plus the Windows license, those willing to buy a complete prebuilt may only be paying about 25–50% more than MSRP on the GPU. Which is why GPU shucking on prebuilts is becoming more of a thing.

If you can hold off on any GPU upgrades for the time being, that's the best course of action. Alternatively, if you have a working previous generation GPU, selling it to help finance the purchase of a current generation card isn't a terrible idea, and you might be able to get top dollar in the coming weeks. But then you're likely stuck paying top dollar as well.

Early 2022 should at least see the arrival of Intel's Arc GPUs, and we can only hope that they hit the performance and price targets we've seen floating around. Intel isn't using its own fabs, though, so Arc ends up competing with AMD and Nvidia for wafers and that means pricing could end up looking similar. Except, at least at launch, we suspect there will be less demand from miners, at least until the mining software gets updated to work properly on Intel's DG2. Let's hope that takes a while.

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).
    Reply
  • exploding_psu
    Me blindly buying a second-hand Vega 56 above MSRP years ago didn't look so bad now
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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.
    Reply
  • 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,
    Reply
  • 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
    Reply