The popularity of Ethereum mining and the supply chain issues since 2020 caused GPU prices to go bonkers. But as the supply gets back up and Ethereum’s shift to proof of stake nears, GPU prices crash below MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price). Some GPUs are still priced much higher than actual prices, but generally, we are moving in a downtrend.
GPU prices crash below MSRP
The crash of the crypto markets is also one of the reasons for this price dip. Just in May, GPU prices have shrunk by an average of 15%, and since then, we have been going lower. The latest NVIDIA TRX 30 cards that are popular for Ethereum mining have seen a 40% price drop due to the lowering demand.
A report from Tom’s hardware says that RTX 3080 GPU is now available for $650 on eBay. It was price above $1,000 a few months back and even higher before that. However, $650 is not the lowest price. There are listings where multiple GPUs are sold even cheaper. For example, a listing of $2,500 is offering 6 RTX 3080s which brings the price to $420.
These GPUs were highly profitable when Ethereum’s price was on the rise and mining difficulty was not so high. Now, it can just make 80 cents profit a day after factoring in power costs. So, it’s no more so attractive. The same is also the case for AMD Radeon cards, as the prices of their GPUs are below MSRP.
Can we expect the GPU prices to rise again?
With Ethereum moving from proof of work to proof of stake consensus, it is doubtful that we will see GPUs go at such a premium. The last two years were unique, and there was just so much going on. We had the pandemic, the supply chain issues, the crypto boom, and mining adoption. There is hardly any chance that we will get to see all of them happening together again. Plus, the most profitable cryptocurrency for mining can also no longer be mined very soon. Ethereum miners are not happy about this, and the shift to POS will leave a huge dent in the mining industry.
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