With the one to be released this month GeForce RTX 3090 Nvidia sets new standards for performance, but also for price. Are such high prices justified? And how did it look in the last few years? I consider this in a mixture of analysis and column on the following three pages of our hardware special. A special on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, which is just now available in stores, with a performance analysis will follow in the coming week.
Strong graphics cards are often relatively expensive
In my experience, most gamers spend amounts on their gaming PC that are more in the mid-range range – this also applies to graphics cards. Current models such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super (from 200 euros) are sufficient for Full HD, an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (from 350 euros) for WQHD with high details and will hold out for quite a while. It was not just for this reason that I published a column a few weeks ago with a cheer for the middle class. Significantly more expensive graphics cards are logically stronger than the middle class (apart from the remaining stock slackers that have not been adjusted in the price) – but for several years, people above the middle class have often paid too much in relative terms. This can be seen particularly blatantly with the RTX 2000 generation from Nvidia, if you look at it from the GeForce RTX 2070 Super. The following small table shows what we are talking about – it shows the current surcharges and the performance plus of four graphics cards based on the GeForce GTX 1660 Super, which are available in stores from 200 euros:
|graphic card||Price from about||Surcharge vs. 1660 Super (percent)||Performance plus, for example||relationship|
|AMD RX 5600 XT||270 euros||70 euros (35 percent)||20 percent||1.75|
|AMD RX 5700||320 euros||120 euros (60 percent)||35 percent||1.71|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super||350 Euro||150 euros (75 percent)||40 percent||1.88|
|AMD RX 5700 XT||350 Euro||150 euros (75 percent)||45 percent||1.67|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super||440 euros||240 euros (120 percent)||60 percent||2|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super||600 euros||400 euros (200 percent)||80 percent||2.5|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Ti||1050 euros||850 euros (425 percent)||205 percent||4th|
The higher the value in the "Ratio" column, the worse the graphics card is in terms of price-performance ratio.
Source: PC games hardware
A value of exactly 1.0 would mean that the surcharge in percent corresponds exactly to the performance plus – for example 30 percent surcharge on the GTX 1660 Super, but also 30 percent more performance. As you can see, the graphics cards under 400 euros do much better. The values are between 1.67 and 1.88. This is not a great range of values, but this could also be due to the good price of the GTX 1660 Super – but from the GeForce RTX 2070 Super the values are at least 2.0 and get worse. Per percent additional performance compared to the GTX 1660 Super, at least two euros are due. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti should actually, apart from the RAM equipment, only cost a good 400 euros if the price increase in relation to the GTX 1660 Super were linear.
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However, these figures relate to the performance in Full HD, where the powerful graphics cards may not be able to display their performance as strongly. The next table shows the situation for WQHD, this time using the AMD Radeon RX 5700 as the basic graphics card, as we recommend this as a minimum for modern games in WQHD:
|graphic card||Price from about||Surcharge vs. RX 5700 (percent)||Performance plus, for example||relationship|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super||350 Euro||30 euros (9 percent)||5 percent||1.8|
|AMD RX 5700 XT||350 Euro||30 euros (9 percent)||11 percent||0.8|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super||440 euros||120 euros (38 percent)||25 percent||1.5|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super||600 euros||280 euros (88 percent)||40 percent||2.2|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Ti||1050 euros||730 euros (228 percent)||65 percent||3.5|
Here, too, you can see: especially the two 2080 models stand out. With the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, the surcharge factor is still okay, with the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, on the other hand, you get even more performance than you might expect for the surcharge. I leave out a table for 4K at this point because it makes little sense. If you really want to play in 4K, you already know that you can get by with more than just a graphics card for 350 to 450 euros for modern top games. But why have I brought these calculation examples at this point? Well, they serve as a kind of prelude to what you will read on the next page. Roughly speaking, it is about the question of whether high prices for graphics cards are or can be justified.
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