There are several reasons why graphics cards, whether they are recent or with a few years on the market, are still too expensive for the reality of the current market. But one of them is certainly not the price of VRAM memory. More specifically the price of GDDR6 memory.
Graphics Cards: GDDR6 Memory in Free Fall!
So memory is in free fall, on all sides of this ecosystem. It’s DRAM memory that powers RAM memory, NAND Flash memory that powers SSD storage, and of course, even memory for graphics cards is dropping steadily, such is the disappearance of demand for technology in 2023.
Why? Well, the chip crisis is undeniably a thing of the past. By the way, in reality, the big manufacturers of memory chips have too much stock in their warehouse, even going so far as to cut production in order not to let the price fall even more significantly. To get an idea, 8GB of GDDR6 memory are being sold at €25.
This means that both NVIDIA and AMD are paying less for the VRAM memory they put in their graphics cards.
Between the two, NVIDIA is very likely to pay less, because it buys a lot more material, and therefore has a volume discount on top. (This is despite the fact that they don’t equip their graphics cards with ‘sufficient’ amounts of memory.) Still, none of this has been noticed in the graphics card world! By the way, this information should put consumers in their right mind, ready to ask the big manufacturers why prices don’t reflect the new reality on the production side!
In short, GDDR6 memory is now costing 1/4 of what it cost in 2022. Prices have to come down!
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