At the time of the official presentation by NVIDIA, it became clear that affordable video cards are not worth waiting for – a new generation of graphics processors is not ready to give you affordable models, no matter how much you would like to after two years of mining.
At the same time, the prices for the presentations were named relatively adequate – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, according to the manufacturer, should go at a retail price of $ 1,200. Of course, we have long been accustomed to the fact that models from partner companies are always more expensive by a hundred dollars, but this year the situation is completely different – video card manufacturers sent the first models to online stores and it turned out that they are about 50% more expensive than the recommended retail price. This is an insane increase in cost, which is explained by a conditionally small batch of video cards.
For example, if officially the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 should be sold for about $1,200, now it is available from retailers in online stores with a pre-order function for $1,700-$1,900. This is given that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 should be sold at a retail price of $1,600.
It turns out that a lower-level video card is already more expensive than the top flagship, not to mention the fact that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 simply cannot be found in access – everything that was brought to Europe has already been sold out by pre-orders. This is just crazy, because in reality the video card is not that productive, although it costs much more than the current prices of the previous generation RTX 30.