Nvidia introduced the GeForce RTX 4080 and RTX 4090, but many gamers complain about the high price. Nvidia has now declared: The graphics cards are no longer cheaper.
Graphics cards have been really expensive over the past 2 years and many users have already spoken of “luxury goods” when it comes to good PC hardware.
Prices are now falling again and processors and graphics cards are available at reasonably reasonable prices. Many users were hoping for a good offer for a GeForce RTX 4080 or RTX 4090. But nothing will come of it, as Nvidia’s boss now explained.
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What exactly was said? On the occasion of the big launch of the RTX 4000, Nvidia boss Jensen Huang spoke to the people. He was also asked why graphics cards are so expensive and whether they will become cheaper again. However, he explained that cheap chips are a thing of the past (via digitaltrends.com):
Moore’s Law is dead. […] A 12 inch wafer is much more expensive today. The notion that chip prices will go down is a thing of the past.
Compared to the performance of Nvidia’s $899 GPU or $1,599 GPU a year ago two years ago at the same price point, the performance is with Ada Lovelace [RTX 4000] monumentally better. Unsurpassed better.
This statement is not completely new, because Nvidia already stated about a year ago that the high prices for graphics cards are more likely to remain and that there are various reasons for this:
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What does that mean? Moore’s Law states that there is a connection between performance and price: According to Moore’s Law, performance should be doubled at half the price. In the long run, you get more performance for less money.
Why did gamers even hope for falling prices? Due to the corona pandemic and scarce resources, computer components such as graphics cards or processors have been very expensive. Sometimes it was impossible to buy a graphics card at a reasonable price. Because miners and scalpers fought for the few good offers that later ended up on eBay for thousands of euros.
With its introduction of the RTX 4000 at a price point of at least 1,099 euros, it kills the hopes of many gamers who were hoping for better prices. And judging by Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, we should be prepared for these prices to stay the same.
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