AMD found a new partner in the market of graphic gas pedals.It became the company SoonFoals, owned by Chinese Weikeng International.The latter has close ties with a number of other AMD partners, such as Gigabyte and Sapphire.Image source: SoonFoals / WeikengThe SoonFoals company has been a distributor of various electronic and computer components in China and other Asian markets for more than 10 years, where it has established itself as a reliable partner.SoonFoals will sell entry-level and mid-range AMD graphics gas pedals.In mid-May the company released four models of Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards: Radeon RX 6400, RX 6500 XT, RX 6600 and RX 6560 XT.SoonFoals offers graphics gas pedals based on reference AMD PCBs, but using their own cooling systems.The solutions do not have any additional embellishments, such as RGB backlighting, and are available in one color - black.All four announced SoonFoals Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards offer reference specifications.You can see them in the table below. Source image: VideoCardzThe appearance of a new partner for selling graphics cards in Asian markets will help AMD to expand its coverage in this region.
Graphics card prices in Europe are now on average 2-6% higher than recommended, but there are exceptions
The life cycle of the generation of GeForce RTX 3000 and Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards is coming to its end.And only now their average price is as close to the recommended (MSRP), says the latest data from the portal 3DCenter, which monitors the market for graphics gas pedals in Germany and Austria.Image source: VideoCardzThe portal 3DCenter began analyzing the graphics cards market since January last year.The coronavirus pandemic, the associated shortage of components, the transition of the economy to a hybrid remote working from home model, high demand and the simultaneous rise in cryptocurrency prices - all this ultimately led to the most prolonged increase in the price of graphics cards in history.Nevertheless, the market is slowly coming back to normal.Some graphics card models are now offered not only at the recommended price, but even cheaper.However, some models are still sold at prices by 20-30% more expensive than the recommended price.The most popular models Radeon RX 6700 XT, RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 still sell significantly more expensive than their recommended prices.And yet the markup on them has also decreased - from an average of 23% to 17% over the past three weeks.At the same time, flagship and entry-level models are often sold below the recommended prices.Information on prices of gas pedals on the basis of data from German and Austrian retailers provided aggregator Geizhals.Please note that the prices in the tables below are inclusive of the 19% VAT. Price trends of GeForce RTX 30-series and Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards.Source: 3DCenterThe AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards now sell on average 2% more expensive than their recommended prices.Moreover, you can even find on sale some models of recently released graphics cards that are offered below the recommended value.An example is the Radeon RX 6750 XT, which hasn't even been released for a month.According to the latest data, the average price of Radeon RX 6500 XT is 19% lower than the recommended price.If it were not for the influence of prices of such models as Radeon RX 6800 XT, RX 6800, which are still sold at 22 and 35 percent higher than the MSRP value, the combined average price of gas pedals today was already 3.2 % below the recommended value.The situation with the prices of GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards in general is traditionally worse.The flagship model GeForce RTX 3090 has the smallest markup - it is offered on average by 2% more expensive than the recommended price.GeForce RTX 3080 12GB model sells on average 5% more expensive.Unfortunately, models like the GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 still sell for significantly more than they should.Gamers have to overpay at least 12% of the recommended price.As a result, the cost of GeForce RTX gas pedals is on average 6% higher than the recommended prices.Excluding the models with the highest markups (GeForce RTX 3080 10GB, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti), the average markup on Ampere gas pedals would be 2% above the recommended price.
In the US, Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards are already selling for an average of 5% more than the recommended price, and some are even cheaper
The popular HardwareUnboxed YouTube channel has shared fresh statistics on graphics gas pedal prices in the US.The author notes that the price of GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards and Radeon RX 6000 continues to decline.In this case, the cost of the latter now on average only 5% higher than the recommended price.Image source: VideoCardzIn some cases, graphics cards Radeon RX 6000 are sold even cheaper than the recommended price tag.We are talking about the models Radeon RX 6900XT, RX 6600XT and RX 6500XT.At the same time Radeon RX 6800 series gas pedals are still 31% more expensive than the recommended prices.If not for the impact of this factor, the average price of the entire current Radeon series of gas pedals would have been only 2.4% higher than the recommended price.In one of the largest U.S.electronics stores Newegg video cards Radeon RX 6000 fell in price for the month from 6 to 8%. Price dynamics of AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphic cards in US.The third column on the right is current price The situation with NVIDIA gas pedals is worse.Although GeForce RTX 30-series cards also fell in price by 6% over the month in the same Newegg, they are still sold at 24% markup of the recommended price.However, there are exceptions here as well.For example, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is offered this month for the recommended $1200. Price trends for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards in the US.The third column on the right is the current priceAs noted earlier, the sharp price drop in gas pedals is causing problems for NVIDIA in the mid- and low-end price segments.That's why the company is going to release the GeForce GTX 1630, which will replace the old GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.It is very likely that soon NVIDIA will change tactics, which will lead to an even more serious reduction in the price of graphics cards.This will allow to quickly sell out the current inventory for the release of the new generation of GeForce RTX 40-series gas pedals.
AMD says its graphics cards give users a better performance-to-price ratio than rival NVIDIA solutions.That statement was made by Frank Azor, one of AMD's gaming executives, who shared a list on Twitter comparing the Radeon RX 6000 series graphics to current NVIDIA GeForce cards.According to AMD, its most powerful current generation graphics card, the Radeon RX 6950XT, offers 80 percent more performance per dollar (FPS/$) than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090.In addition, AMD's solution offers the best performance-to-energy ratio - it gives 22% higher frame rate per watt (FPS/watt).The Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card has the smallest FPS/$ advantage over the GeForce RTX 3080 - only 6%.And the Radeon RX 6400 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards have the best ratio - the former outperforms the latter by 89% in performance per dollar.The same pair offers the best performance-to-power ratio - the Radeon outperforms the GeForce by 123%.Note that in all cases AMD indicates not the recommended, but the lowest market prices taken from one of the major American retailers - Newegg - as of May 10.This means that AMD's pricing statements, while accurate for the announced cards, are not fully relevant to other markets.It is also worth noting that prices for many graphics cards are now closer to the recommended prices, although they have not yet reached them.
3DCenter portal has published the latest statistics on the prices of Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 3000 graphics gas pedals.Prices of graphics cards have not yet reached their recommended values, but things are moving in the right direction - the prices are even closer to the declared manufacturers.Image source: VideoCardzThe price of graphics cards in general has dropped by about 5 percentage points compared to April.Thus, the markup on Radeon RX 6000 models now averaged 7% instead of 12 last month, and the markup on GeForce RTX 3000 models has dropped from 19 to 14%. Image source: 3DCenterAlthough many entry-level and mid-range gas pedal models are selling at a markup of up to 10 percent over the recommended price, many senior segment models are being offered at an average of 22 percent more than the recommended price.The demand for these cards is now high, because many potential customers put off buying them when the video cards were mostly unavailable or were offered at twice the price or even higher. The cost of Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards.Image source: VideoCardz according to 3DCenter The cost of GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards.Source image: VideoCardz according to 3DCenter As always, the latest 3DCenter report reflects the price dynamics of graphics cards market in Germany and Austria only.In other countries the price of gas pedals may be significantly different.
Rumors that AMD is going to release updated Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards started back in January of this year. Today, VideoCardz portal has shared images of the new products in the reference version and named the timing of their announcement. It is reported that AMD will release at least three graphics gas pedals, which are updated versions of current models: Radeon RX 6950 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT and Radeon RX 6650 XT.
There is not much information about the video cards yet. In the reference version the cards will get a new look, borrowed from the special version of the gas pedal Radeon RX 6800 XT Midnight Black, which AMD released in April last year. Its distinctive feature is completely black coloring instead of silver-black like the original cards. An interesting detail of the Radeon RX 6650 XT will be the new dual-fan cooling system. Recall that the reference Radeon RX 6600 XT uses a cooler with one fan. And the Radeon RX 6750 XT will have a cooling system with three fans instead of two, as it was with the Radeon RX 6700 XT. At the moment we know that all three updated graphics cards will get higher speed GDDR6 memory with 18 Gbps bandwidth. The current versions of GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 16 Gbit/sec. There is no information about the GPU frequencies of the upgraded graphics cards yet. But it is noted that all of them are likely to get a higher maximum power consumption. The current reference versions of Radeon RX 6600 XT, Radeon RX 6700 XT and Radeon RX 6900 XT have 160, 230 and 300 W respectively. According to the source, the initial release of the upgraded Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards was expected on April 20. However, according to the new data, it was postponed to May 10.
AMD has compared the performance of the Intel Arc A370M mobile graphics card and its mobile Radeon RX 6500M. The comparison was not in favor of Intel's newcomer to the discrete graphics gas pedal market.
Although Arc Alchemist graphics cards were officially unveiled two days ago, and some of them, according to Intel, have already gone on sale as part of new notebooks, no one has yet published an independent review of the new products. Therefore, potential customers still have to rely on the official test data provided by Intel during the presentation of these gas pedals.
Arc A370M is based on ACM-G11 graphics processor, which has 8 Xe-core (1024 cores of FP32 operations). Radeon RX 6500M model, in turn, is based on Navi 24 chip with 16 processing units, which includes 1024 stream processors. The similarities between the two gas pedals do not end there. Firstly, the graphics chips in both graphics cards are based on the TSMC process N6. Secondly, both received 4 GB of GDDR6 memory with a 64-bit interface. More importantly, however, both gas pedals have the same power consumption, which ranges from 35 to 50 watts.
The graphics published by AMD show that the mobile Radeon RX 6500M turns out to be faster in at least five games tested, when using 1080p resolution and medium image quality settings. Of course, it should be noted that most of these games are optimized for AMD graphics cards. But «reds» clearly tried to jab Intel with the fact that its graphics cards do not show themselves from the best side in more demanding games.
According to 3DCenter's latest analysis of the German and Austrian graphics card markets, the price of GeForce RTX 30-series and Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards by the end of March had dropped to its lowest value in 15 months. At the same time this month NVIDIA graphics cards have fallen in price significantly more than AMD models.
If at the beginning of this month, the average price of AMD Radeon video cards was 35% higher than the recommended price, and NVIDIA video cards & ; 41% higher, then today the average markup on the proposals of both manufacturers is 25%. Since January 2022 the cost of gas pedals was reduced by 10 percentage points every month. Thanks to this, the current prices have reached the values of the end of 2020.
The bulk of retailers are still reluctant to share predictions about when the cost of graphics cards will fall to their recommended values. However, the portal TechRadar still managed to get a comment from one of them. In his opinion, graphics card prices for regular consumers may become «attractive» already by May. I believe graphics card prices will continue to adjust in line with the market's declining boom, which is now coming to a close. By the end of April or early May, prices should be more attractive to customers," said Tyler Davies, spokesman for the British retailer Box.
Other vendors are in no hurry to make similar statements yet. However, the fact that the price of gas pedals has been decreasing every month during the last quarter may speak in favor of such optimistic forecasts. And by the end of the second quarter of this year in stores you will be able to find offers as close to the recommended prices as possible, at least in Europe.
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