Cyber-Week is in full swing (see also our overview of the best deals), so with the current prices for graphics cards, many gamers are hoping to have to dig into their pockets at least a little less deeply for a new GPU. A current Black Friday deal only makes it clear once more how absurd the situation is at the moment. At the end of this article, we will discuss whether the hope for bargains on graphics cards is generally justified.
What offer is it about? Who on the Amazon page on graphics cards the filter function
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Even the regular price of around 100 euros should make players sit up and take notice, especially in the current time. Dedicated graphics cards that are really worth the money were rarely available for 100 euros or less, and in this price range you have to generally expect major compromises in terms of resolution and graphics quality due to the low performance.
The crisis, which has been going on for about a year, has not improved the situation in the low price segment, on the contrary. We also discussed in a podcast how long this crisis will continue and what technically awaits us with graphics cards in the next few years:
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A relic from 2011
The graphics card from the range is also an AMD Radeon HD 6450, which is more than ten years old and actually long since retired. Even back then, it was not really intended for gaming and usually had costs in the range of 30 to 40 for its lifetime Euros changed hands.
Possibly these are models that were formerly intended for OEM computers and that are now supposed to find new buyers as part of the graphics card crisis. The offer in question did not appear on Amazon until the beginning of 2021, at that time for about 50 euros, like data from the service Keepa demonstrate:
How much gaming is there in the graphics card?
If you don’t want to play very old games in the lowest resolution and with low details: none at all. Even in test reports from 2011 as with the colleagues from Computer base and Hardwareluxx Often only single-digit FPS values can be seen in titles that were current at the time, although some measurements were only made in 720p (1280×720).
If you already have a PC with an Intel CPU, the chances are good that your processor has an integrated graphics unit that is faster on the way. Even the integrated GPU (iGPU) of the eleven-year-old classic Core i7 2600K can do more with a theoretical performance of 0.26 teraflops (Radeon HD 6450: 0.2 teraflops).
Such an iGPU has to fall back on the system memory due to the lack of VRAM, which can definitely lead to a loss of performance. But that doesn’t change the fact that gamers should keep their hands off the Radeon HD 6450. At the same time, it can generally be a good idea to use an iGPU with a low budget. You can find out more here:
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How gaming PCs run without a graphics card
How good are the chances of a graphics card bargain?
Due to the current situation across all price ranges, the scope for the price of graphics cards is likely to be very little or nonexistent. Matthias Hohn also shares this assessment, who is responsible for our deal blog as team lead in the affiliate area and has been accompanying the recurring offer weeks for four years:
Graphics cards won’t be cheaper this Black Friday, or probably not at all. Even if a shop had models in stock, there would be no reason to reduce them because the demand is far too great and the supply is far too low. The only relevant offer that our users actually take advantage of is Grover. There you can rent graphics cards and hardware and pay in installments. At the end of the day, you have the option of sending the rented card back or of buying it permanently.
You can find out more about Grover and the current discounts there in our hardware ticker, which we are now updating particularly frequently for Cyberweek:
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Everything about the availability of graphics cards and co
So there is a lot to suggest that even as part of Cyber Week and Black Friday you won’t get a chance to buy a graphics card at a significantly lower price than before.
How do you deal with the situation? Are you just staying with your current GPU longer than maybe planned, are you biting the bullet and spending a lot of money on a graphics card, or are you also considering renting a GPU? Feel free to write it in the comments!