GPU prices may soon go below MSRP, causing a’surge’ of gamers to build PCs

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For graphics cards and the broader PC industry, Corsair has some predictions.

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As more individuals build their own PCs in the second half of 2022, Corsair expects GPU supply to increase and pricing to return to MSRP, and perhaps we’ll see price tags drop below recommended cost with discounts.

Corsair’s CEO, Andy Paul, recently announced the company’s Q1 financial results, noting that the quarter saw “positive underlying growth trends” in gaming hardware, despite some continued headwinds, and the chief executive specifically addressed the situation surrounding both self-build PCs and graphics cards.

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According to PC Gamer, in Q1 2022, GPUs were the most expensive single component in a gaming PC, costing around 150 percent more than MSRP (the manufacturer’s recommended price) on average – but even with that premium, Paul stated that “gaming PC build activity [was] slightly higher than pre-pandemic and pre-GPU shortage levels.”

“We expect GPU cards to be back to MSRP in the near term, possibly discounted below MSRP,” Paul continued. We foresee a boom in self-built gaming PC activity in 2H22 and 2023, as GPU and CPU components become more widely available and competitively priced. Peripherals are seeing a similar upward trend.”

Price estimate appears to be based on good footing

Gamers will rejoice if graphics cards are sold for less than their suggested retail price, and there are excellent grounds to anticipate that this will happen soon.

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Over the last several months, we’ve seen a sustained downward trend in prices, returning to more normal levels, and in some cases, we’ve already seen the odd device sliding below its recommended price, such as AMD’s flagship 6900 XT.

Granted, given the rumoured impending release of revamped RDNA 2 models, including a 6950 XT that will be a step up from the 6900 XT, there may be some extenuating circumstances with that GPU. If the predicted debut of those upgraded 6000 series models happens as expected, it should help bring down the pricing of existing AMD cards even more.

Also, if the current situation at Newegg is any indication, Team Red may feel obligated to start being a little more aggressive with its pricing, with the top 20 best-selling GPUs being entirely Nvidia products, save for one AMD product.

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There’s also the wildcard of Intel entering the market with Arc desktop GPUs as soon as a few weeks, and while there are no indications that Team Blue will attempt to undercut the competition, Arc cards should at the very least boost overall GPU availability (at least in the mid-range and lower-end, according to the rumour mill), which will undoubtedly have an impact on pricing.

In summary, a number of causes are combining to exert downward pricing pressure. So, if the situation with GPU stock and pricing improves as expected, people who have been holding off because they can’t acquire the GPU will be able to buy them. at a reasonable price, or even at all – will almost certainly be proceeding with a construction they’ve put off, suggesting a’surge’ of new PC builds later this year.

At least for the time being, albeit we don’t know if supply chain concerns and Chinese lockdowns may start applying unwelcome pressures in the opposite way, pulling back this imminent continuing recovery…

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