Re: Not a solution
There's also deliberate attempts by some manufacturers to artificially create scarcity to keep those prices high.
For example... nVidia this week announced the RTX3090 Ti... which just happens to use the exact same die as the 3080, 3080 Ti and the 3090... Instead of making more cards available at the 3080 level which is far and away the most desired card... they're further splitting availability to increase the higher profit margin cards.
A few weeks back.. they re-released the RTX2060 but with 12GB or ram... which just so happens to be extra efficient at... MINING!!!
Companies are driven by profit... but this blind greed of short term gain at the cost of alienating your entire consumer base and attempting to kill of an entire segment of the market that's grown to be one of the fastest growing sectors once more... Not a good look, and not great for long term business plans.
Then there's the fake MSRP or RRP depending on your country... where the stated retail price is only available for a limited number of cards on release... literally a few hundred of thousand cards. Followed swiftly by... new versions of the same card at higher and higher prices.
Have you seen the number of identical cards some of the companies produce... bumping the clock speeds a few mhz and upping the price 10-20% along with it.
The MSRP price is complete bullshit these days... it doesn't exist... and they'll do everything they can to ensure it never does again.
It's enough to make me want to never build a system again... thankfully I built my current one in April 2020 as the lockdowns began... and I'd bought an RX5700XT just 6 months before that for £70 below retail price. I still got ripped of as prices were already showing signs of price gouging. I paid about £120 more than I should have on the Case, CPU, MB & Ram. That was already a £2k system and possibly the most expensive PC I've ever put together... not counting the GPU I bought 6 months earlier. But it was a ground up build rather than an upgrade build and I did go PCI-E 4 NVME with some large capacity drives, plus a couple of large capacity SSD's and even succumbed to the dreaded RGB.... which I'd avoided to this point, but thought... I've got the extra money... fuck it.
So because I built before the shitshow... I won't need to upgrade this year either... 5700XT is a solid card still, the 3800X will do 4.4Ghz all core at 1.24v and 32GB 3600Mhz ram isn't going to slow anything down for years to come yet... Maybe next year when the GPU is going on 4yrs old and if the market has returned to normal... I might get something. but the rest will be good for a few more years yet... Maybe grab a 5800X3D in a year or two for a little boost for a extra bit of longevity.
Around 2025... maybe then I'll look at a DDR5 based AM5 platform... not before and if this shitshow continues... Maybe not at all.