Nvidia's RTX 4080 GPUs aren't selling - GPUs remain widely available at retailers
Are Nvidia's prices too high?
Published: 21st November 2022 | Source: Various Retailers |
Consumers are saying no to Nvidia's RTX 4080 16GB
Almost a week has passed since Nvidia launched their RTX 4080 graphics card, and unlike almost all recent GPU launches, stocks of Nvidia's latest graphics cards have remained on store shelves. Nvidia's RTX 4090 sold out shortly after its launch, and so far, we haven't seen any RTX 4080 GPU become out of stock in the UK, with Nvidia's Founders Edition being the only exception that we could find.
Nvidia launched their RTX 3080 10GB graphics card with an MSRP of £649 in the UK, and their new RTX 4080 launched with prices starting at £1,269. That's almost a 2x price increase for Nvidia's new 80-class graphics card, and it looks like Nvidia's customers are not happy about that. While Nvidia's RTX 4080 delivers tremendous performance gains over the company's RTX 3080, it is seen as a poor value product due to its high pricing. To put it another way, Nvidia's RTX 4080 is not priced like an 80-class Nvidia product.
In our testing, Nvidia's RTX 4080 handily outperformed the company's RTX 3090 and RTX 3090 Ti, and that is Nvidia's justification for their £1250+ price tag. That said, with much of the world entering recession and with many consumers facing the "cost of living crisis", it is easy to see why the gaming masses are not eager to purchase Nvidia's RTX 4080.
AMD throws fuel on the fire
Another factor that has hampered Nvidia's RTX 4080 launch was the reveal of their RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX, which are launching on December 13th. These graphics cards have their prices starting at $899.99, and $999.99 respectively, making both graphics cards significantly cheaper than Nvidia's RTX 4080. With AMD's RX 7900 XTX being positioned as an RTX 4080 rival, it is easy to see why many PC gamers are waiting to see what AMD's RDNA 3 flagship has to offer, especially given the fact that it is much cheaper than Nvidia's rivalling graphics card.
Another factor that has pushed gamers away from Nvidia's RTX 4080 is the ongoing 12VHPWR cable melting scandal, as most RTX 4080 graphics cards appear to use the new power connector. Nvidia has released an official statement (read more here) about melting 12VHPWR cables, stating that they only know of around 50 affected graphics cards and that all affected GPUs appear to have had their 12VHPWR cables incorrectly inserted. If you make sure you fully plug in your 12VHPWR connector, your GPU should be safe, but the scandal itself has pushed a lot of consumers away from Nvidia.
In time, Nvidia may have to consider a price cut for their RTX 4080 16GB graphics card, as GPUs on store shelves cannot generate revenue or profit. Right now, RTX 4080 price cuts feel like a matter of when, not if.