In China, used graphics cards are currently being sold at the lowest prices in months, namely at the recommended retail price, such as The Block reported.
Unfortunately, this is not meant ironically, but in view of the recently exorbitantly high acquisition costs for RTX 3080 and Co. almost a reason to be happy. But only almost, because the cards are not available in this country.
RTX 3060 for 229 dollars
In China itself, however, some buyers can even look forward to buying an RTX 3060 at a price below the RRP. For example, an RTX 3060 from the manufacturer Colorful is being offered for 1,760 Chinese Renminbi Yuan (CNY). That corresponds to the equivalent of around 229 dollars.
The RRP for the RTX 3060 in the Founders Edition is 329 dollars in Europey, it is hardly available at the price. The cheapest offer is loud Geizhals.de currently at around 580 dollars, via Ebay the cheapest models recently changed hands for around 500 dollars.
The asking prices of the sellers in China are currently as follows – apart from the particularly low offer mentioned above:
- RTX 3060: 2.499 CNY = 325 EUR (UVP: 329 EUR)
- RTX 3060 Ti: 2.999 CNY = 391 EUR (UVP: 399 EUR)
- RTX 3070: 3.899 CNY = 508 EUR (UVP: 519 EUR)
- RTX 3080: 5.499 CNY = 716 EUR (UVP: 719 EUR)
- RX 6800: 4.599 CNY = 599 EUR (UVP: 579 EUR)
- RX 6800 XT: 5.099 CNY = 664 EUR (UVP: 649 EUR)
- RX 6900 XT: 7.999 CNY = 1.041 EUR (UVP: 999 EUR)
How fast the individual graphics cards are and what performance class they fall into can be found in our overview with more than 50 GPUs in direct comparison:
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Why are the cards offered so “cheaply”?
The Chinese government openly declared war on crypto mining some time ago (via Spiegel.de). Since then, the air for prospectors in the Middle Kingdom has been getting thinner and thinner. Many therefore see themselves forced to close down their farms and still make money by selling the used graphics cards.
Is that also conceivable for Europey?
In this country, cryptomining is less widespread. The reason for this is that mining is hardly worthwhile in Europey: The acquisition costs for graphics cards as well as the electricity prices are simply too high in Europey.
Nevertheless, GPUs from mining rigs can also find their way onto the used goods market with us. In our estimation, however, this is unlikely to result in any significant discounts in the broad masses of offers.
It looks different with the indirect consequences: The demand for graphics cards for cryptomining has been falling for some time, which is partly due to the measures in China. The general downward trend in graphics card prices can also be attributed to this.
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Will RTX 3080 and Co. get even cheaper?
Is there a risk when buying used maps from miners?
Most cards from the RTX-3000 or RX-6000 series will not be in operation for more than nine months, depending on the model and release. Most of them are actually considerably shorter.
Even if the accelerators work at full load 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the service life is not significantly affected – provided the miners handle the cards properly and within the intended specifications. When buying such a GPU, however, it doesn’t hurt to think about changing the thermal paste.