2022 GPU Price Drop: Is it Worth It To Buy A GPU?

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Earlier this year, prices of graphics cards have reached their peaked and have started to go down to a much more affordable yet still overpriced price tag. Several months later, brands such as ASUS have quietly dropped their GPU prices making it the closest to SRP we’ve seen since launch. Many enthusiasts are debating on whether or not is worth it to finally upgrade their GPUs following the lower yet still overpriced GPU prices. Well, let’s do a quick breakdown and see how much has dropped since.

RTX 30 Series Price Table

To know whether or not the price drop is at a reasonable level, we’d first have to compare the current prices to the supposed local PH SRP and last year’s GPU prices. Of course, it’s hard to compare 1:1 prices as there are different models with different tiers from different brands which could easily affect the price depending on the model – not to mention the variance in store-to-store prices as well. For that reason, we’ve decided to make a price range for the GPU models instead of doing an average as pricing information is scarce for 2021 prices. Additionally, we’re using more than one store for our price reference as not all stores have publicly listed their pricing, and most stores that do have updated the prices to the current price drop. Note that we’re only comparing the brand new prices and not second-hand market prices.

RTX 30 GPU Price Table
GPU ModelPH SRP2021 PriceApril 2022 Price
RTX 3090 ₱88,000 ₱110,000 – ₱130,000 ₱110,000
RTX 3080 TI ₱69,990 ₱100,000 ₱80,000
RTX 3080 ₱41,000 ₱75,000 – ₱85,000  ₱64,000 – ₱68,000
RTX 3070 Ti ₱34,800 ₱55,000 – ₱60,000  ₱43,000 – ₱46,000 
RTX 3070 ₱29,500 ₱50,000 – ₱55,000  ₱40,000 – ₱46,000 
RTX 3060 Ti ₱—— ₱41,000 – ₱45,000  ₱32,000 – ₱40,000 
RTX 3060 ₱29,890 ₱33,000 – ₱36,000  ₱28,000 – ₱30,000 
RTX 3050 ₱15,000 N/A  ₱21,000
RTX 2060 N/A  ₱25,000 ₱23,000 – ₱26,000 

The PH SRP of RTX 30 series GPUs are taken directly from Nvidia’s PH landing website while the 2021 prices are taken from stores that post availability on Facebook. April 2022 prices are taken from the recent ASUS GPU Price drop and current PCHub prices.

Based on the price table there are GPUs that had little price movement and some GPUs that experienced massive price drops compared to their peak prices. That said, the RTX 3090 is still priced above Php 110,000 depending on the GPU model while the RTX 3080 Ti has dropped from averaging at Php 100k to only 80k. Comparing the two, the RTX 3080 Ti is a great deal considering the minimal performance in games over the RTX 3090. So unless you need the 5% performance boost and the 24GB GDDR6X, then the RTX 3080 Ti is the logical and cheaper choice.

High-end graphics card aside, the GPUs with the most value on the recent price drops and are what we consider the winners are the RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3060 Ti, and arguably the RTX 3060. The RTX 3070 Ti for Php 43,000 albeit still expensive is somewhat of a steal considering its relative performance against the RTX 3080. Its current price cannibalizes the supposedly cheaper RTX 3070 as you’re effectively getting more performance for the same price. The same goes for the RTX 3060 Ti as there’s only a Php 2,000 to Php 4,000 premium over the RTX 3060 there’s a significant gap in performance over as the former is basically a slightly underpowered RTX 3070 which also cannibalizes the RTX 3070. The RTX 3060 is a case-specific scenario where the user couldn’t squeeze the extra Php 2,000 to Php 4,000 to go for an RTX 3060 Ti.

The Winners: RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3060 Ti & RTX 3060

To summarize, the GPUs that are well worth it whether you’re upgrading or building a system are the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3060 Ti mainly because they are the closest to SRP GPUs in the recent price drop and they cannibalize the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 respectively. If you’re looking to upgrade your three to five-year-old graphics card, then the RTX 3060 Ti presents the most value especially if you can get it at less than Php 33,000. For high-end graphics card buyers, the RTX 3080 Ti has a better price to performance value than the RTX 3090.

The Losers: RTX 3080 & RTX 3070

The RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 are not worth it no matter how you look at them mainly because their Ti variants are priced the same if not lower while offering more performance. One reason why you should buy these GPUs is only when the Ti variants are out of stock. That said, we recommend avoiding the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 at their current prices or until they become cheaper than the RTX 3080 TI and RTX 3070, respectively.

Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.

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