There is no doubt that Nvidia’s RTX series is impressive and proves to be one of the best leaps the company has seen in performance. Benefiting gaming enthusiasts, content creators, and professionals alike. These cards come with some powerful performance and ray-tracing capabilities.
Ray tracing is a technique that allows for more realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections in games and other applications. This is made possible by the use of dedicated hardware called RT cores, which are specifically designed for ray-tracing calculations. With ray tracing, you can expect more realistic and immersive visuals in your games and other graphics-intensive applications.
Another benefit of the RTX graphics cards is their fast rendering times. These cards are equipped with a massive amount of memory and fast memory bandwidth, which allows them to process large amounts of data quickly. This is especially useful for professionals who need to render complex 3D models, animations, and other graphics-intensive tasks.
The benefits go on and on and so does the price of these graphics cards. Nvidia and its retail partners have raved about how prices have been coming back down toward normal. However, they haven’t really reached a “reasonable” level at all. For example, with an average of around $1,300 to $1,500, the RTX 4080 is still quite inflated. And this is filtering out all of the third-party sellers trying to sell them for more than that (the links we provided in this story include retail-direct listings already factored into the results).
Looking back at the GTX 1080, its original release price was $599 (and that was seen as quite expensive for a video card). That was only 6 years ago. right now, the price is still more than double that while companies claim inflated pricing is going away.
That being said, gamers and professionals don’t appear to be slowing down any as retail giants like Newegg seem to be doing quite well with their numbers. These cards are selling fast, which is why you see scalpers trying their best to take advantage of people (yet again) with even worse price points (scum of the Earth, right there).
At the same time, I know that numbers would be even better if the prices were more reasonable and the world wasn’t facing so many supply chain issues. I sometimes wonder if I am one of the few that have been rebelling against upgrading. I am still using the GTX 1060 and it is doing just fine. Then I am reminded that I am not alone as I find over half of my colleagues here are doing the same at home. So this means there are a lot of users around the world holding out and refusing to buy into the inflated pricing. So I don’t have to lose total faith in the population.
These prices can go (oops) themselves. My 1080 will just have to last me until they get some sense together because I refuse to spend that kind of money.
Manufacturers and scalpers want this price gouging to be a “new norm”.
Words are cheap and easily deflected.
Vote with your wallet guys.