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Intel enters the ranking of dedicated graphics card manufacturers, NVIDIA lowers prices for some Founders Edition cards
PC gamers are still waiting to see for themselves the Intel Arc A750 and A770 graphics cards so that they can perhaps have a real third player in this sector.
For almost two years now, the American company Intel - a specialist in microprocessors - has been announcing its return to the dedicated graphics card market with several generations of graphics processors already scheduled for this year, 2023, 2024 and 2025... nothing less! The news was expected by many enthusiasts as this market is currently shared between two players, AMD and NVIDIA. The latter have taken full advantage of the last two years where the Covid-19 pandemic, widespread telecommuting, supply problems, logistical challenges and the - short-lived - explosion of cryptocurrency prices have succeeded one another to make graphics card prices reach new heights.
Of course, since the beginning of 2022, things are slowly coming back to order and while NVIDIA's partners are slowly lowering their prices, NVIDIA has decided to review the prices of its own Founders Edition. Finally, it has revised the price of the most high-end models, those on which margins are the most important. For example, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti has been reduced in price by 920 euros, from 2,249 euros at the time of its launch to 1,329 euros today. In the case of the RTX 3090, the drop is still 350 euros compared to the launch, while the RTX 3080 Ti has already dropped by only 110 euros. Finally, the other models (RTX 3080, RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti) are simply not affected.
However, these are the models that NVIDIA sells the most and these are the models that gamers want to buy. In fact, it is thanks to the RTX 3060 and 3070 that NVIDIA can boast of having regained market share from its long-time competitor, AMD, in a market that has seen a notable decline in recent months. In the second quarter of this year, NVIDIA sold 79.6% of GPUs worldwide. In second place is AMD, which now represents "only" 20% of this market, compared to 24% in the previous quarter. Finally, a little novelty, Intel enters the ranking.
Of course, the promoter of the Arc Alchemist cards is only at more or less 1% of market share, but its offer is limited to a single reference - the A380, an entry-level model - and concerns only a handful of countries worldwide. Let's hope that this is despite the "beginning of a change" and as he just confirmed a few days ago, Intel will be able to market its A750 and A770 boards " very soon ".