We cannot help but remember that, not so long ago, buying a high-end graphics card for your gamer PC did not cost you more than 300 euros, and yet in these times with that money you hardly buy a mid-range, almost almost mid-low range. Of course inflation has a lot to say in this regard, as well as the cost of manufacturing and developing graphics cards, but what is clear is that compared to people’s purchasing power, the cost of this product has skyrocketed, and a lot.
Does it cost so much to design and manufacture graphics cards?
We have dealt with this issue several times, and the fact is that the increase in the price of graphics cards is “relatively” justified; Now it is not like 10 years ago, since we currently have much more advanced GPUs, with new technologies, dedicated hardware for ray tracing, new generations of VRAM memory and more advanced connectivity and a long etcetera, and the development of everything This entailed a large investment in R&D, in addition to the increase in the cost of manufacturing the products (and here we are talking about the GPU chip, memory, even copper has gone up in price).
That is why we say that the price increase is relatively justified, because the reality is that they offer us increasingly better and more powerful products, but with a trend that is leading to the fact that almost no one can afford the high-end range anymore, and the vast majority are it has to settle for the mid-range. The era in which investing 1,200 euros in a gaming PC guaranteed you to play to the fullest for years is over, because now for that you have to invest practically that amount of money only in the graphics card.
Will we see “cheap” GPUs again?
With the current market trend, it really is quite complicated. AMD and NVIDIA (and to some extent, Intel) are always in competition to see who provides the best performance, but the reality is that although they sell increasingly powerful graphics, they are also increasingly expensive. The good news is that they seem to have finally realized that the mid-range is the one that sells the most, and even if it is because it is what users can afford, it is the largest market niche and on which they are focusing a lot on the last times.
Now, cheap graphics cards as such we only have those of the low-end or entry-level range, and even so we are talking about products whose price easily exceeds 100 euros, since for less than that money the existing models barely exceed the power of a graphics integrated into the processor, a niche in which by the way they are also putting emphasis lately.
The good part is that the technology seems to have relatively stalled at Full HD and 4K resolutions, and despite the focus that the high-end aims to give the 8K it is still far away. This means that graphics that today are high-end, in the next generation we will have the equivalent in the mid-range and, in fact, even in current generations we have mid-range models that can comfortably play any game at Full HD resolution.
What price is right for graphics cards?
It is difficult to say what price would be appropriate for the next graphics cards, but what seems quite clear is that not many users can or are willing to spend more than 1,000 euros on a graphics card that in all probability will be left behind in a short time. weather. As a clear example we have the RTX 2080 Ti, graphics that cost 1,300 euros and that have been surpassed in the next generation by the RTX 3070, medium or medium-high range at most and that cost half.
A suitable price for a graphics card oriented to PC gaming that aspires to move any game to Full HD resolution and with high refresh rates or at least 4K at 60 FPS would be 500 euros as a cap, so that for about 1,500 euros you already have a gaming PC more than worthy. Of course, this does not remove the cheaper graphics options that allow you to play by relaxing the graphics settings a bit.