AMD GPUs remain too expensive, while the Nvidia GTX 1080 finally feels affordable | PCGamesN

AMD GPUs remain too expensive, while the Nvidia GTX 1080 finally feels affordable

Nvidia GTX 1080

The Nvidia GTX 1080 is one of the top GPUs currently available and can be yours for less than £470, well under its £529 MSRP at Amazon UK. This marks the first time in what seems like an age that Nvidia graphics cards have returned to somewhat affordable prices.

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Unfortunately, the price drop hasn’t quite jumped over the pond yet and US pricing is still higher than the asking price of $549 from Nvidia’s own store, though they're regularly out of stock. As they are now.

However, for us Albion-nites the little Zotac GTX 1080 Mini is available for pre-order at £470 , and that's shipping in seven days. But if you can't wait there are a host of other GTX 1080 cards you can buy right now for under £500. There's the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Turbo OC. the MSI GTX 1080 Armor OC, and the  Inno3D GTX 1080 Herculez Twin X2, and all three are comfortably under the £529 asking price Nvidia demand in order to part with some of their precious Pascal graphics silicon.

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We reported last week that graphics card prices were due to drop thanks to GPU shipments falling by 40% (potentially due to crypto market decline, the rise of ASICs, and Ethereum model changes) but it seems retailers are starting to feel the pressure from the market drop and have started reduced prices accordingly already.

It hasn't quite stretched to the AMD side of the graphics divide yet, though Radeon GPU prices are starting to fall. The RX 570 has escaped the clutches of the miners and is now available for £254, but it needs to be under £200 to really grab our interest. Especially when the GTX 1060 is now slipping under its £279 MSRP too, with the Palit GTX 1060 StormX 6GB version available for £270.

So is this really the end of inflated graphics card pricing? Maybe… but, it’s still a little too early to tell. What is important right now, however, is that PC builders can finally pick up the ideal graphics card for their rig without visiting a loan shark.

Quick, grab a graphics card before the next big crypto comes around.

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CursedNaruto avatarDave James avatarKougeru avatarWhiteCrow avatarSkankwOn avatarGahl1k avatar+1
Gahl1k Avatar
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1 Month ago

Unfortunately, 1080 cards, where I live, are still expensive ($1130 for the Zotac one, which is the cheapest).

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nashathedog Avatar
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1 Month ago

Now that mining sales are slowing & mining's becoming less profitable we may see a surge of secondhand cards hitting the market, Bad news for AMD but not so bad for Nvidia as Nvidia will be able to offer a new range (Volta?) of gpu's to get gamer's buying again while AMD will have nothing new to offer us before 2019.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Month ago

You'd think, but AMD seem sure that's not going to happen:

https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd-no-risk-of-second-hand-gpus

Though I guess they would say that...

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CursedNaruto Avatar
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1 Month ago

Crytpo mining who does free money hurt everyone that doesnt care about crytpo mining

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Kougeru Avatar
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1 Month ago

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/07/technology/bitcoin-energy-environment/index.html

"who does free money hurt" ? Basically everyone, it's not "Free". It costs a ton of electricity and which makes it extremely bad for the environment. All made better by the fact that a large % of miners don't even pay for the power, they just siphon it from other their place of employment or such buildings.

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Gahl1k Avatar
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1 Month ago

This is nonsense. The first thing wanna-be miners do is calculating electricity costs. Large miners produce their own electricity through solar panel.

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Month ago

Or they go to Iceland and cash in on cheap geothermal power!

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SkankwOn Avatar
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1 Month ago

It's hardly "free money" is it... really?

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Gahl1k Avatar
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1 Month ago

Nothing is "free money." You need to pay hefty amount of money in order to see any profit from mining. It is an investment like anything else.

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