A few weeks ago, I wrote about how it’s a terrible time to buy a graphics card —at least a high-end card. The reasoning is simple: GPUs like the Nvidia RTX 3080 are coming soon, and AMD’s Big Navi isn’t far behind. If you want yet another reason to not buy a high-end card, however, just look at prices. Six months ago, the RTX 2080 Ti could be found for around $1,050, and the RTX 2080 Super was regularly available for $650. Now, you’d be lucky to find either GPU at the original launch prices of $1,200 and $700. If that’s not enough to go on, I’ve heard some companies will have ‘final’ Ampere GPUs as early as next week. Perhaps COVID-19 caused a spike in demand. People are staying home, working from home, and social distancing via games. We’ve seen supplies of certain devices, like webcams, practically evaporate during the pandemic. But high-end GPUs don’t really fall into that same category. A far less likely scenario is that the recent increase in cryptocurrency prices is to blame, but I don’t think so. Before the massive plunge to under $5,000 that happened in March, Bitcoin was at $7,000 to $11,000… Read full this story
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