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GPU price hike is expected due to tariff exemption expiring

Published: 20:13, 05 January 2021
Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity
Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity

GPU prices are already horrible for the average consumer but they will likely just get worse as US tariff exemption period ran out with 2020.

Scalpers and cryptocurrency miners are already making life hard for the average and other enthusiasts who could make use of new-gen GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia as the supply for each model just can't meet the demand. This results in highly overpriced graphics cards, well above the MSRP but that is unfortunately not where the problems will stop for the average consumers.

Namely, GPU prices are expected to go up by a significant margin due to the tariffs on Chinese goods that will kick in with 2021. One of the most notable changes that already happened is ASUS Rog Strix 3090 which saw an increase of $180 , now up to $1,979.

ASUS already released a statement where they noted the reasons for the price change are " increases in cost for components, operating costs, and logistical activities plus a continuation of import tariffs".

The tariff in question specifically refers to Chinese goods exported to USA but that doesn't mean other regions in the world will be free of the price hike. 

Reasons for this can range from the manufacturers wanting to keep a unified price all over the globe to just being able to pluck some extra money from the consumers who are desperate to upgrade their rigs.

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The new pricing will also affect motherboards but considering they are not already inflated to the extent of GPUs, it may be a lesser problem. Still, it is an unwelcome one.

Zotac, PNY and Gigabyte are among the other major manufacturers that are expected to be affected by the tariff.

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