GPU Prices Then and Now – How Much More Are You Paying?
Mike Sanders / 3 years ago
Graphics Cards – Then and Now!
Price increases in the last 12 months have made it difficult for PC owners looking for that big upgrade. Be it RAM or GPU’s, most people have noticed a sharp rise in costs, but have prices really increased? And if so, by how much?
Let’s take a look at some of the GPU’s we have seen or reviewed in the last year or so! How bad could it possibly be?
Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
- When reviewed in April 2017, the Nvidia 1050 retailed for – £120
- The card is now retailing on the same website for – £146.10
- Total Price Increase – £26.10 / 21.75%
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 570 4GB
- The original price at the time of the review was – £180.00 (Unfortunately, the source for that price no longer lists it or more accurately does, but at a ‘we don’t have any’ price.)
- The least expensive retail price we have found for this card was – £244.13 – This represents a very significant increase.
- Total Price Increase – £64.13 / 35.63%
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB 9Gbps
Sticking with Nvidia, we look at the ASUS GeForce 1060. This card for many has been a solid mid-tier graphics card and easily capable of running games impressively.
- When reviewed this card retailed for – £324.99
- The current retail price for this GPU is now – £359.99
- Total Price Increase – £35.00 / 10.67%
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB
The improved successor to the 480, the Radeon RX was team reds offering as an alternative to the Nvidia 1060.
- At review, this card retailed for – £258.00
- Rather shockingly, the lowest we can find this card retailing, for now, is – £366.78
- Total Price Increase – £108.78 / 42.16%
Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 11Gbps
In August 2017, we reviewed the excellent Gigabyte 1080 graphics card.
- Given that this was (and still is) a high-end card, at the time of review, the retail price was already high at – £544.97
- The current price, however, is even more eyewatering at – £679.99
- Total Price Increase – £135.02 / 24.77%
ASUS STRIX Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB
Looking at more recent reviews, we checked out the RX Vega 54 in October 2017.
- Given the lack of stock at the time, prices varied, however, a solid average was around – £625.00
- We have seen this card marketed as high as nearly £1000, however, the best price we could find was –£787.79
- Total Price Increase – £162.79 / 26.04%
Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti
Going right to the top of the graphics card list, we reviewed this card only last October. Bear in mind, as per the Vega, this was only 3 months ago. Yes, in that short 3 month period this card has increased that much in value.
- At the time of the review, this card retailed for – £779.99
- From the same Amazon source, this card is now – £929.99
- Total Price Increase – £150.00 / 19.23%
It’ll Get Worse Before it Gets Better
With some high and low exceptions, on average cards have increased in price by about 25%. That’s a massive increase bearing in mind that some of these cards are not even 1 year old. Of course, part of the increase boils down to demand, and its hard to deny the impact that cryptocurrency mining has had over this period.
One thing is clear though, there’s no indication that prices are going to get any cheaper any time soon.
Have Your Say
What do you think? Surprised by the level of increase? Have you bought a new graphics card? If so, how much did you pay? – Let us know in the comments!