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The best cheap graphics card prices and deals for January 2023

Finding the best cheap graphics card prices shouldn't be overlooked if you're looking to build your own gaming PC. As the beating heart of any respectable setup, it's incredibly important to make sure you're getting the right GPU and paying the right price for it. While costs continue to fluctuate from region to region, we've rounded up all the best graphics card prices and deals into one handy page right here, factoring in US, UK, and Australian retailers.

What’s your price range?

1. High-end
Above $650 / £600 / AU$900

2. Mid-range
Around $450 / £400 / AU$750

3. Budget
Below $300 / £250 / $AU400

As you probably already know, graphics card prices have been on a wild ride over the past two years or so. Initially, we saw a huge surge in demand brought on by the cryptocurrency mining fad. That's very much trailed off now and we're starting to see more and more graphics card deals crop up at the major retailers worldwide.

While Nvidia cards are still a little pricey (demand remains high), many AMD cards are actually falling below their recommended launch MSRP currently. This means it's possible to get some best graphics cards on the market without completely breaking the bank at the moment – something that was unheard of just 12 months ago. Overall, it's a great time to be building a gaming PC, although we'd always urge that buyers weigh up their options carefully before committing.

That's where our graphics card deals page comes in handy. Not only do you have the best prices here but you'll also find a ton of unbiased no-nonsense buyers' advice should you be unsure about what card to go for. 

Today’s best graphics card prices and deals

We've rounded up the best graphics card prices we've found this week just down below. This chart is particularly handy if you want a quick overview of the market as a whole right now. Note, prices can still fluctuate rapidly from day to day now so allow for a bit of wiggle room with the following table – it's not uncommon to see cards fluctuate $10 to $20 up or down on a regular basis.

For reference purposes we've attached another table containing current GPU MSRP figures just below. Note, we couldn't find solid numbers for some of the Australian prices so we had to guestimate a few here or there. This table should give you a solid idea of how much you should be paying however.

High-end graphics card prices and deals

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1. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

This generation’s flagship card

MSRP: $699 / £649 / AU$950 | Stream Processors: 8,704 | Core Clock: 1,440MHz (1,710MHz boost) | Memory: 10 GB GDDR6X | Memory Clock: 19Gbps

Huge Ray-tracing and DLSS performance leap
Low temperatures
Massive upcharges
Hefty power draw

The RTX 3080 is Nvidia's latest flagship 'consumer' graphics card, and the current performance king in regards to 4K gaming (well, aside from the bonkers RTX 3090).

Rocking the new 'Ampere' architecture means the RTX 3080 boasts a fairly significant performance advantage over the now older Turing RTX 2000 series, although perhaps not quite the 'double' that Nvidia claimed in its marketing. That said, if you're looking for incredible 4K gaming, DLSS support and Ray-tracing performance, the RTX 3080 is going to your card of choice.

Nvidia planned on keeping the price fairly static at launch with a price of $699 / £649 / AU$950 on the founders edition – roughly the same as the previous Turing generation of cards, but still more than the $599 the GTX 1080 launched at. Considering the power on display here, these are actually very reasonable prices although as you'd expect people are snapping these up and those remaining cards fetch a kings ransom.

Currently, prices in the upwards of $1,200 / £1,200 are not uncommon on auction sites and we expect those to hold for for the foreseeable future until supply can start to step up. We've rounded up the best prices we can find right here, although we recommend holding off unless you find something reasonable.

Read more in our Nvidia RTX 3080 review

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2. AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

Ray-tracing for team red

MSRP: $649 / £649 / AU$960 | Stream Processors: 4608 | Core Clock: 1,825MHz (2,250MHz boost) | Memory: 16GB GDDR6 | Memory Clock: 16Gbps

Ray-tracing for AMD
Fantastic 4K performance
Slower than the RTX 3080 at launch

With the RX 6800 XT, AMD is looking to stick it to Nvidia with a high-end Ray-tracing ready beast capable of firing out some serious 4K gaming performance. 

Benchmarks put it within a hairsbreadth of the RTX 3080 at launch, with a slight edge to team green when it comes to 4K and Ray-tracing performance. Still, with a launch price of $649 / £649 / AU$960, AMD is looking to do what AMD does best with the RX 6800 XT – provide a ton of power for a respectable price point.

Unfortunately, like the RTX 3080, prices for the RX 6800 XT are significantly upscaled right now thanks to the incredible demand for performance GPUs. On auction sites, prices of $1,200 / £1,200 are not uncommon, and we wouldn't recommend paying out for these scalped prices if you can hold off waiting for a few months.

Read more in our AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT review

Mid-range graphics card prices and deals

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1. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

Fantastic value, but currently scalped

MSRP: $449 / £469 / AU$809 | Stream Processors: 5,888 | Core Clock: 1,500MHz (1,725MHz boost) | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Memory Clock: 14Gbps

A reasonable size, unlike the 3080
Excellent power to price ratio
More than adequate 4K performance
Price scalping

Like it's predecessors, the Nvidia RTX 3070 is going to be that card that brings incredible enthusiast-level performance to a much more reasonable price point. With 4K performance roughly equivalent to last generations RTX 2080 TI, the RTX 3070 is definitely one very, very speedy card for even the most intensive of applications.

A launch price of $449 / £469 / AU$809 puts it smack bang right in the middle between the RTX 3080 and the more budget orientated RTX 3060 Ti, making it the choice for 4K enthusiasts who want to still want a bang for the buck GPU. Considering this card looks to outstrip the RTX 2080 Ti on performance with less power consumption, a smaller chassis, and half the launch price, it's good value on paper.

We say on paper because, as expected, demand is massively outpacing supply currently on this card like the other new releases on our list. Current scalper prices can fetch upwards of $800 / £800 right now, which are absolutely exorbitant prices to pay for a card that isn't at the very top-end of the market. We recommend checking in regularly, as we'll be updating this article every day with the latest prices.

Read more in our Nvidia RTX 3070 review

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2. AMD Radeon RX 6800

Raw performance for the money from AMD

MSRP: $499 / £469 / AU$809 | Stream Processors: 3,840 | Core Clock: 1,700MHz (2,105MHz boost) | Memory: 16GB GDDR6 | Memory Clock: 14Gbps

Fantastic 4K performance
Weaker Ray-tracing performance than Nvidia

For those looking for shear power to price ratio, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 looks to bring a hefty specs sheet to the consumer GPU market and a viable alternative to the Nvidia RTX 3070.

Indeed, on most applications at 1080p and 1440p, the Radeon RX 6800 edges out the RTX 2070 in raw performance at launch on average, depending on your title. Its lead does, however, significantly narrow when it comes to 4K FPS, and another factor that may sway consumers toward the RTX 3070 is the more mature support for Ray-tracing and DLSS – new tech that's becoming more widespread. Still, if you're looking for huge frame rates right now, especially for 1440p, the Radeon RX 6800 is a solid mid to upper-mid range buy.

Prices at launch were slated at $499 / £469 / AU$809 although currently the Radeon RX 6800 fetches around the same street price at the RTX 3070 – around £800 / $800. Because this card isn't quite as popular as its Nvidia counterparts however, you may have more luck finding it at the big retailer sites. Just here we're updating our article daily with the best prices we can find for the Radeon RX 6800. 

Read more in our AMD Radeon RX 6800 review

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3. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

A worthy console alternative

MSRP: $399 / £299 / AU$540 | Stream Processors: 4,864 | Core Clock: 1,410MHz (1,665MHz boost) | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Memory Clock: 14Gbps

Fantastic for 1080p
Good Ray-tracing performance
Relatively power efficient
Weak 4K performance

With a launch price of $399 / £299 / AU$540 the new Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti looks to be a great choice for those PC gamers who are looking to build a machine that'll hold it's own against the new consoles while coming in on budget.

Unlike the beefier RTX 3080 and 3070, the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti provides only entry-level 4K performance, but when it comes to offering great frame rates at 1080p with ray-tracing, it's actually faster than the previous generations RTX 2080 Super. So, if excellent future-proofed 1080p performance is your priority, the RTX 3060 Ti is an incredibly capable card that should give you plenty of bang for the buck.

Again, scalpers currently hold this card at around $650 / £600, so it's probably going to be worth waiting for things to calm down a little before you pick one up. We're updating this page with the latest RTX 3060 Ti prices just below as we find them, however.

Read more in our Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti review

Budget graphics card prices and deals

MSI RTX 3050

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1. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050

2022’s best entry-level card

MSRP: $229 / £180 / AU$330 | Stream Processors: 1,408 | Core Clock: 1,530MHz (1,785MHz boost) | Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Memory Clock: 14Gbps

Ray-tracing on a budget
Competitive 1080p performance

Released in late January 2022, the RTX 3050 is the last (and some would say least) card to be launched from the main-line RTX 3000 series of GPUs. It's very much a scaled-down version of its siblings, and therefore can't match them in outright performance, but it's a great way to unlock Ray-Tracing on a budget…

Well, that's if you can get one for its MSRP of $249/£239. Like all Nvidia releases in the past year or so the RTX 3050 was snapped up in quick order by miners, scalpers, and desperate gamers alike. It's a shame really, because this card easily beats out the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT – which is this generation's budget offering from team red.

Still, keep your eyes peeled if you're on a budget. It's likely that supply on these lower-cost cards will improve over the course of the year.

Read more in our RTX 3050 review

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1. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

A great budget graphics card for 1080p

MSRP: $229 / £180 / AU$330 | Stream Processors: 1,408 | Core Clock: 1,530MHz (1,785MHz boost) | Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Memory Clock: 14Gbps

More widely available than RTX cards
Good for 1080p gaming
No Ray-tracing
4K is a no-no

Released in 2020, the Nvidia GTX 1660 Super was essentially a refresh of the existing GTX 1660, bringing it up to date with a fresh batch of GDDR6 memory under the hood to help it keep up with the latest games.

Even in 2021, The GTX 1660 Super is very much a solid 1080p gaming card. Of course, it forgoes the latest support for Ray-tracing and DLSS, but that's easily forgiven for its retail price of $229 / £180 / AU$330.

Better news yet is the GTX 1660 Super is also a lot more readily available than the newest RTX 3000 cards right now. While prices can still be inflated at some retailers, if you can pick one of these cards up for around $300 / £250 you'll be building a fantastic machine for 1080p gaming in no time. 

Read more in our GTX 1660 Super review

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2. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super

Great for casual gamers

MSRP: $159 / £130 / AU$200 | Stream Processors: 1280 | Core Clock: 1,530MHz (1,725MHz boost) | Memory: 4GB GDDR6 | Memory Clock: 12Gbps

Low barrier of entry
Low power draw
Will only run some games at medium settings

If you're really on a budget for that build, the Nvidia GTX 1650 Super provides an excellent low-cost card that also has the benefit of having really low power draw and cool temperatures. 

Ok, so in 2022, this card isn't going to blow you away with its performance, especially on those latest games, and Ray-tracing can only be dreamt of at this price. However, this card will run modern games at 1080p, and is more than adequate if you're simply building a machine for casual use.

Also, supply on this lesser-known card tends to be a little better than that on the newer RTX cards. If you can manage to get one around the £180 / $200 mark then you're looking at a decent deal.

Frequently asked questions


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Is now a good time to buy a graphics card?

Yes and no. Right now is the best time in the past 18 months or so to be looking to snag a new GPU. Stock is plentiful, we're starting to see MSRP cards, and gamers aren't putting up with lame scalping tactics anymore. In short, we're in a great place right now, even if we're not fully back to 'normal' yet.

However, the burning question is whether graphics card prices have more wiggle room to fall even further. Personally, we think it's likely that we'll see prices fall quite a bit over the next few months. Not only do we have the next generation of Nvidia cards looming now (the RTX 4000 series), but the much-hyped Ethereum shift to proof of stake has just shipped as of mid-September. In a nutshell, this is a one-two punch that should have a knock-on effect in driving prices of the soon-to-be older RTX 3000 cards down. Note the should here. We're cautiously optimistic overall but we think demand will remain high for a while, even if there's a sudden glut of older and second-hand cards at the big retailers.

Why were graphics card prices so high?

Put simply, it's because demand massively outstripped supply from early 2020 to late 2021. The global pandemic, chip shortages, and the continued popularity of using GPUs for cryptocurrency farming were all compounding factors here.

While there are a lot of disagreements in regards to these factors, it's generally agreed that cryptocurrency mining is the main culprit. For example, The Economist last year published a report that found a strong correlation between the rise of second-hand GPU prices and the value of Ethereum – the most popular cryptocurrency for GPU mining. Interestingly, they also compared these values to CPU prices, which were seemingly unaffected by the rise of Ethereum, suggesting increasing demand from gamers isn't to blame overall. 

That said, no one can deny that the popularity of PC gaming hasn't boomed over the past few years. For context, Steam, the world's biggest online PC gaming platform saw a 20% increase in the number of titles purchased via its store in 2021 and a staggering 50% increase in hours played. Subsequently, it's no surprise that graphics cards – the most vital component in any respectable gamers rig – were in short supply.

Are graphics card prices back to normal now?

Yes and no. One glance at the above graphics card prices chart will tell you that some cards are still overpriced whereas some (particularly AMD cards) are actually below MSRP in some regions. We're in a weird place right now thanks to the continuing popularity of Nvidia's cards – which is the case due to their slight edge in Ray-Tracing performance versus their AMD counterparts.

Generally speaking though, we're headed in the right direction. For context, our sister site PCGamer published a piece recently stating that graphics card prices have fallen a whopping 50% on average in the past year. With the average price dropping so dramatically, we've got hopes that Nvidia cards will fall in more line with AMD prices by the end of 2022.

What's the best bang for the buck graphics card?

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

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Right now, we're liking the look of the mid to upper-range AMD cards for outright value. In particular, the slightly older RX 6700 XT and RX 6800 are offering fantastic bang for the buck for their asking prices of around $369 and $559 (£329 and £529 in the UK). Compared to their RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 counterparts, these cards are offering equivalent performance for around $200 / £120 cheaper, which is an absolute steal if you're not fussed about the slight drop in Ray-Tracing chops.

If you're really on a budget, then it's also difficult to overlook the standard RX 6600, which retails for around $269 / £250 currently. This fantastic (and slightly older) card is the closest thing we have to a truly cheap graphics card deal right now if you're looking to build a machine in the sub $800 / £800 range. 

The best online retailers for graphics cards

Here's a list of the best retailers to check in for graphics card prices specifically. We've linked directly to the relevant pages, so all you need to do is follow these links and bookmark them.

As a first port of call, for Nvidia cards we'd recommend checking in at the official site primarily for both the US and UK. They sell founders edition cards for their retail price, so you absolutely won't get upcharges for buying direct. As you'd expect, however, Nvidia sells out very quickly indeed and you'll have to be prepared to jump on a card if you see one for a normal price.

Best Buy, B&H Photo, Amazon and Newegg are all good retailers to check in on in the US, although you'll want to keep an eye out for inflated prices at the latter two. In the UK, we'd recommend going to Overclockers specifically and signing up to price notifications on the specific graphic card deals your looking for.

If you're looking for an RTX 3080 specifically, we've got a separate where to buy Nvidia RTX 3080 guide that's updated daily with the latest information – we recommend checking in there if you're looking for this premium card.

Source: techradar

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