This is how much graphics cards should cost based on performance alone

AMD and NVIDIA, it’s time for price cuts

With GPU prices falling rapidly, 3DCenter came up with the idea of ​​comparing official suggested retail prices with the actual performance of the graphics card.

This is an insight into how much each card should cost based on performance alone. The price of the performance value is calculated by 3DCenter’s 4K index, carefully collected data based on a long list of reviews.

As graphics cards become cheaper and available through multiple channels, one can now choose from a number of different custom models, or even consider the competitors from other brands. This is especially true for advanced models that were among the first cards that have seen a significant price drop in recent weeks.

It is also no secret that many cards issued mainly in 2021 were overpriced from the beginning. Both AMD and NVIDIA chose heavily inflated MSRPs because these cards would never sell at a lower price anyway. However, it is time for both companies to realize that their prices are no longer good in relation to actual performance.

According to 3DCenter’s calculations, which have chosen the RTX 3070 as the reference point, most of NVIDIA’s high-end models are overpriced and should cost much less. However, mid-range and low-end models from the NVIDIA series can be considered well priced, especially the RTX 3060 Ti model which offers better performance than the cost. This is also the reason why many board partners did not have 3060 Ti in stock for many months, it was simply too powerful for the price and board partners could easily sell more expensive SKUs instead.

In fact, the situation in the GPU market has changed so much that NVIDIA apparently no longer sends the RTX 3080 12GB model to desktop partners. The reason given by the leak MEGAsizeGPU is the price in relation to RTX 3080 Ti. However, NVIDIA has never publicly confirmed the 3080 12GB MSRP.

The RTX 3090 series is among the worst cards in comparison. Both cards sell over 1000 USD, while the actual prices should be below that value. But everything below the RTX 3080 Ti is actually within 10% of the ‘Fair Price’ index, which in most cases means little overpricing or perfect (100%) balance between MSRP and card performance (but keep this in mind with reference to the RTX 3070).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 MSRP vs “Fair Price”
3DCenter.org MSRP 4K performance index Perf./List Fair price
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti $ 1999 408% 41% $ 814
GeForce RTX 3090 $ 1499 376% 50% $ 750
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti $ 1199 366% 61% $ 731
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB ? ~ 344% $ 687
GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 330% 94% $ 659
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti $ 599 271% 90% $ 541
GeForce RTX 3070 $ 499 250% 100% $ 499
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti $ 399 217% 109% $ 433
GeForce RTX 3060 $ 329 165% 100% $ 329
GeForce RTX 3050 $ 249 ~ 114% 91% $ 228
Performance / price normalized for GeForce RTX 3070, derived from “fair list prices”

For the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series, the RX 6800 and 6800 non-XT seem to be the best priced model in terms of performance. The inflated MSRP prices for RDNA2 are not really that far from the ‘Fair Price’ index, especially in the middle of the stack. This is not the case for enthusiast and low-cost models. The RX 6950XT will cost 735USD based on this analysis, while the RX 6400 will fall to the 107 USD level.

It should be remembered that performance is not always the only thing that should be considered. This is especially true for flagship cards that come with very sophisticated board designs, solid cooling solutions or other features. It certainly adds a cost to board partners that cannot be calculated by frame rate alone.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 MSRP vs “Fair Price”
3DCenter.org MSRP 4K performance index Perf./List Fair price
Radeon RX 6950 XT $ 1099 368% 67% $ 735
Radeon RX 6900 XT $ 999 348% 70% $ 695
Radeon RX 6800 XT $ 649 322% 99% $ 643
Radeon RX 6800 $ 579 278% 96% $ 555
Radeon RX 6750 XT $ 549 234% 85% $ 467
Radeon RX 6700 XT $ 479 221% 92% $ 441
Radeon RX 6650 XT $ 399 167% 84% $ 333
Radeon RX 6600 XT $ 379 159% 84% $ 317
Radeon RX 6600 $ 329 ~ 134% 81% $ 267
Radeon RX 6500 XT $ 199 (~ 71%) 71% $ 140
Radeon RX 6400 $ 159 (~ 54%) 67% $ 107
Performance / price normalized for GeForce RTX 3070, derived from “fair list prices”
Performance values ​​for the Radeon RX 6400 and 6500 XT based on FullHD performance and the distance to the Radeon RX 6600

One thing is for sure, the GPU price cut should be expected now more than ever. Unfortunately, neither AMD nor NVIDIA is officially preparing one, but board partners are eagerly awaiting such announcements soon. However, as time goes on, as the large stock of RTX 30 / RX6000 cards is no longer a surprise to anyone, retailers will now only have 3 months to sell most current generation cards before players’ attention is shifted to the next generation.

Source: 3DCenter.org