Will the new competition lower prices?
Updated December 7, 2022 4:19 p.m
The RTX 4080 from NVIDIA was introduced around mid-November. It’s received a lot of criticism while offering a modest boost in performance from generation to generation. At the same time, most individuals are not willing to shell out more than $1,000 for an 80-class GPU.
Since its launch, the RTX 4080 has steadily decreased in price. This GPU, which would have cost you $1,913 or nearly $2,000 on November 16, is currently available in Germany for far less than its $1,500 MSRP.
Every GPU sold in Germany is subject to VAT, which brings the RRP of this particular model to €1,469. You may be wondering how this is supposed to be cheaper than the RRP.
Unfortunately, most people haven’t bothered to buy an RTX 4080 because we’re no longer in the era of GPU shortages. The main reason many Micro Center stock RTX 4080s was that every newly released GPU immediately sold out at retailers before being restocked.
The RTX 4080 is becoming increasingly difficult for gamers to buy as AMD’s RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT with RDNA 3 are about to be released any day.
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Although it will cost $200 less, the RX 7900 XTX is said to perform 10% to 15% better than the RTX 4080. Additionally, it has been revealed from various sources that the RTX 4070 Ti will cost no less than $899 at launch will cost. The lower mid-range Ada GPUs don’t stand a chance in this situation.
Early benchmarks show that the AD107-based RTX 4050 (at least for mobile) is only marginally 20-30% faster than the previous generation.
Similar results were observed with the RTX 3050, which performed on par with the GTX 1660 Ti/Super. Compared to the previous-gen RDNA2 RX 6600, the RTX 4050 would be right behind if hypothetically 30% faster than the RTX 3050.
So it’s very likely that the price of the 4080 will go down. With fewer people buying it, the competition should push the cost down to something more competitive.
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