Corsair said it expects GPU availability to improve and prices to return to MSRP soon, and we are likely to see prices fall below discounted prices as more and more people build their own computers in the second half of 2022. .
The company has just unveiled its first-quarter financial results, with Corsair CEO Andy Paul noting that there were “positive key growth trends” in gaming hardware during the quarter, despite some ongoing cross-winds. Director paid special attention to the situation around the two separate computers. and graphics cards.
Like PC gamer Paul noted that in the first quarter of 2022, GPUs were the most expensive single component in the gaming computer and averaged about 150% higher than the MSRP (manufacturer’s recommended price) – but even with this premium, said the CEO this “activity to build a computer for games [was] slightly higher than before the pandemic and GPU shortages. “
Paul also commented: “We expect that GPU cards will return to MSRP in the near future, perhaps with a reduction below MSRP. As GPU and CPU products become affordable and reasonably priced, we expect to see a surge in the activity of self-built gaming PCs in 2H22 and 2023. We see a similar positive trend in peripherals. ”
Analysis: The price forecast seems to be solid
Graphics cards that sell below recommended will naturally be music to the ears of gamers, and there is good reason to believe that this may indeed happen soon enough.
In the last few months, we have seen a continuing downward trend in prices, returning to more normal levels, and indeed in some cases we are already witnessing a strange product that is sinking below its recommended price, such as AMD’s flagship 6900 XT.
Of course, there may be mitigating circumstances to some extent with this GPU, given the expected upcoming release of updated RDNA 2 models, including the 6950 XT, which will be a step forward from the 6900 XT. Rumors of the release of these updated 6000 series models, if released soon, are thought to help lower the price of existing AMD cards.
Also, if the current situation at Newegg is something to go by – with the top 20 best-selling GPUs being all Nvidia models, with the exception of one AMD product – Team Red may feel compelled to start becomes a little more insistent with its pricing.
There is also a replacement sign that Intel is coming to the Arc desktop GPU market, perhaps in a few weeks, and although there are indications that Team Blue may not try to make some undercutting move to enter market, if nothing else, Arc cards really need to increase the overall availability of the GPU (for starters in the middle and lower class, if we are talking about rumors), which will certainly affect prices anyway.
In short, there are a number of forces here that will cope with the pressure of lower prices. So, of course, it should follow that if the GPU stock situation and prices improve, as predicted, people who abstain because they can’t get the desired graphics card – at a decent price or at all – are likely to continue with a version that has been postponed, which means that the “influx” of new computers later this year seems a reasonable enough forecast.
At least for now, although we don’t know if supply chain problems and blockages in China could start putting undesired pressure in the opposite direction to push back this impending ongoing recovery …