- Aug 25, 2001
Well, it's the law of supply AND demand. There was increased demand from miners, but that's only HALF of the equation. The other half, I place squarely on the mfgs. If their lead time on mfg of cards, is such that a "burst" of demand, can wipe out supplies, and raise retail prices to 2x-3x of what they should be, then that's not the miner's fault. Honestly, too, it was the mfg's that held back production ON PURPOSE, and saw that people were willing to pay higher prices for the cards, so they RAISED PRICES for future generations of GPUs. Again, that's ALL on the mfg's, pretty-much, and not the miners.If its like last time. the miners bought up virtually all of the video cards, and due to supply and demand, the prices skyrocketed and availability was almost non-existant. Do you blame the MFG'ers for not predicting this ? and taking 3 months to up production, since it was not in their plan ? They are supposed to have a crystal ball, and know everything ?
I'll give you credit for that one, although, due to COVID, AM4 mobos were in short supply, and prices did rise to 2x-3x MSRP on popular or harder-to-find mobos. But you are correct, CPU prices themselves didn't rise much over MSRP, if they did at all. (*)AMD was almost in the same place with Zen. They had no idea how quickly it would catch on, and it took them a while to get supply up to demand. But on a whole nother level. They were a little short, and prices did not skyrocket.
(*) Edit: I just checked Newegg, and for the first time in a long time, the Ryzen R5 3600 6C/12T Zen2 CPU is @ $209.99 right now, from Newegg themselves, which I believe IS over MSRP. (That's actually kind of distressing, I wanted another one for one of my own rigs, I should have ponied up the money when they were $154.99 or somesuch over at Amazon.)