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What Is Your Old Graphic Card That Worth Now?

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Today I am exploring the market for used graphic cards, which I do not often deal with. However, with the introduction of the GeForce RTX 3080 and the upcoming AMD launches, many will try to update their GPUs and sell their old ones on the used market. It is therefore a good time to look at the situation and share our thoughts with you.

This article focuses on providing information to potential GPU sellers and used GPU buyers. How much can you expect for your current GPU? What value has it lost since its introduction? Is your card currently selling at a good price or is it more advantageous for buyers? Are there good offers on the second-hand market?

I’m looking at mid-range and high-end cards, all that’s more than 250 URP in the last two generations of Nvidia and AMD GPUs. On the green side, it is Turing and Pascal, while in the red team are Navi and Vega. I will ignore the lower cards as most incoming GPU updates target the mid- to higher segments directly, and I expect most of the sales used to take place here.

I used eBay to price the graphics cards I used. This, of course, focuses on the US market and on a single market, but is the best general reference due to its popularity. There are many other places where you can sell GPUs and possibly find better deals outside of eBay, but for the purposes of our data collection, I have used them.

High GeForce RTX 20 Series: Used Pricing

 Years Since LaunchLaunch MSRPPrice
(May)
Price
(August)
Used $ (3080 launch)Used $ (3080 release)Lowest Used PricePrice Drop per Year
Titan RTX1.8$2,500$2,500$2,500$1,500$1,700$1,430-19.8%
RTX 2080 Ti1.9$1,200$1,250$1,400$700$800$580-19.1%
RTX 2080 Super1.2$700$750$780$460$600$430-12.4%
RTX 20802.0$700$750 $430$500$350-15.5%

Let’s continue with a number analysis and start with the upper end of the Turing range. A map like the RTX 2080 was released in September 2018. Two years have passed since its introduction. The table shows the MSRP launch and the average prices for new versions of these GPUs around May 2020 and August 2020, i.e. a few months before and shortly before the announcement of the RTX 3080.

Then we used the sales data. This first column contains the current price you can expect for the GPU, based on eBay ads that have been completed since the rtX 3080 notifications were issued. Then we also have a typical sales price for the GPU in the weeks between the announcement of the RTX 30 series in early September and the tests/launch. There is also a minimum selling price for the cheapest models sold in September 2020.

A big question mark about the GPUs currently in use is what happens to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. This is a pretty interesting situation. Once the RTX 30 series was announced, people jumped on eBay to sell their 2080 Tis before the RTX 3070 and 3080 could destroy their value. In general, the tickets were sold for about USD 700, which corresponds to a significant price reduction of 42%. Since Nvidia’s 2080 Ti performance with the RTX 3070 is promising at 500 US dollars, selling 200 US dollars above this price is not the worst result.

In the week after the tests – and probably due to the shortage of RTX 3080 cards – prices for the 2080 Ti rose by an average of about 100 US dollars. This is still above the average devaluation of a two-year-old GPU, which we believe underscores the poor value of the 2080 Ti.

With 2080 Tis currently priced at 800 US dollars, we see no reason to buy one, as you can buy an RTX 3080 for this price in the coming months and achieve even more performance. However, if you’re selling a 2080 Ti, this is the perfect time to redeem this purchase, even if you need to switch a little to a low-end GPU. Once these RTX 3070 to 500 US dollars come on the market, we do not expect the 2080 Ti to retain this kind of value.

The same applies to the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Super on the used market. As soon as the RTX 30 series came on the market, people rushed to sell their old card and were burned a little. The big losers were the owners of the RTX 2080 Super, a card that you can probably sell now for 600 US dollars, but which earned less than 500 US dollars per week between the ads and ratings of RTX 30. With what we know about upcoming GPUs, this is currently a real seller market for high-end RTX products. If the demand for tickets from 500 US dollars continues, you will get a very good offer for your old product.

In contrast to the 2080 Ti, the RTX 2080 and the 2080 Super recorded a near-average impairment for a used GPU. Based on current prices, a used card reduces the selling price by an average of 15% per year compared to its EIA. The 2080 Ti was about 19% per year, while 2080 was 16% per year.

GeForce RTX 20 Series: Used Pricing

 Years Since LaunchLaunch MSRPPrice
(May)
Price
(August)
Used $ (3080 launch)Used $ (3080 release)Lowest Used PricePrice Drop per Year
Titan RTX1.8$2,500$2,500$2,500$1,500$1,700$1,430-19.8%
RTX 2080 Ti1.9$1,200$1,250$1,400$700$800$580-19.1%
RTX 2080 Super1.2$700$750$780$460$600$430-12.4%
RTX 20802.0$700$750 $430$500$350-15.5%
RTX 2070 Super1.2$500$550$580$400$410$310-15.6%
RTX 20701.9$500$470 $330$360$275-15.8%
RTX 2060 Super1.2$400$430$450$340$350$300-10.8%
RTX 20601.7$350$360 $280$290$220-10.7%

The mainstream side of the RTX 20 series is less affected. The selling price for some tickets, especially the RTX 2070, has dropped slightly, but in general, what you can get now is similar to what you could buy a week or two ago.

None of these cards are currently crying out for high-quality purchases. From this point of view, this is also a seller market for RTX 20 GPUs. For example, the ability to sell an RTX 2060 Super for 350 US dollars is a good result if you bought this card at launch – this is an annual drop in prices above the average of 11%. The RTX 2060 hasn’t lost much value for a nearly two-year-old GPU, and many cards are sold at reasonable prices.

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Radeon 7nm GPUs: Used Pricing

 Years Since LaunchLaunch MSRPPrice
(May)
Price
(August)
Used $ (3080 launch)Used $ (3080 release)Lowest Used PricePrice Drop per Year
Radeon VII1.6$700 NFS$770$770$6506.2%
RX 5700 XT1.2$400$410$430$340$360$250-8.6%
RX 57001.2$350$350$370$340$340$250-2.5%
RX 5600 XT0.7$280$300$290$240$240$200-20.6%

It’s also a good time to become the owner of a 2019 Radeon GPU that is now to be sold to move on to something new. The Radeon 5700 XT and especially the RX 5700 have maintained their value remarkably well. In May, you could find new 5700 XT for only 10 to 20 US dollars more than the 400 US dollars. On the used market, these cards are now sold for 360 US dollars and the RX 5700 for 340 US dollars. This is equivalent to selling a used GPU at the same price as the new one.

This may be partly due to the new Radeon GPU, but another good reason is the relative value of metric cards such as the cost per image compared to RTX 2060 and RTX 2070. The 5700 XT is 7% slower than the RTX 2070 Super. For example, retail costs 20% less for new cards. On the second-hand market, however, the typical selling price of a 5700 XT is only 12% lower than that of the 2070 Super.

We also know that the RTX 2060 Super is on average slightly faster than the RX 5700. These cards were 50 dollars more expensive than new ones, but on the used market both are about the same price. For all the power of the second-hand market, it seems that, at least for these one-year-old cards, second-hand prices are falling where they should be based on performance, rather than on a simple linear decline based on the market launch. Price.

There is a strange one here and it is the Radeon VII. This card has been really fun since its launch. If you’ve bought a Radeon VII for 700 US dollars, you should now know that these cards will be sold on the used market for about 770 US dollars. The reason is the 16 GB HBM2 of these cards. Although the Radeon VII is not ideal for games, this VRAM configuration is extremely beneficial for production workloads, and workstation cards with large VRAM pads are very expensive. However, we do not recommend buying a used Radeon VII for games. The RTX 2080 offers better performance and costs 500 US dollars second hand, which makes it a much better offer.

On the other hand, the owners of the Radeon 5600 XT were stung. Despite its introduction earlier this year, this card has not retained its value. Used buyers prefer the RTX 2060.

GeForce GTX 10 Series

 Years Since LaunchLaunch MSRPUsed $ (3080 launch)Used $ (3080 release)Lowest Used PricePrice Drop per Year
Titan Xp3.4$1,200$500$500$400-22.6%
Titan X4.1$1,200$400$400$350-23.6%
GTX 1080 Ti3.5$700$350$400$280-14.8%
GTX 10804.3$600$250$280$200-16.4%
GTX 1070 Ti2.9$450$210$230$190-20.6%
GTX 10704.3$380$180$190$150-15.0%
GTX 1060 6GB4.1$250$120$120$70-16.5%

It’s time to look at Pascal, which includes all the cards from the GTX 1060 6 GB to the Titan XP. As with the owners of the 2080 Ti and Titan RTX, those who owned Pascal-era titanium cards did not see that these cards held their value particularly well. This is particularly valid for the Titan X, not the XP, which is sold at a comparable cost to the GTX 1080 Ti notwithstanding a distinction of 500 US dollars in the starting price. This is not a Radeon VII situation where these maps are searched for productivity reasons. The Titan Pascal series is now sold as a regular gaming GPU.

The GTX 1080 Ti has experienced an average devaluation since its launch 3.5 years ago and has fallen by 15% each year, allowing sellers to still receive just over half of the original EIA. As with the RTX 2080, the GTX 1080 Ti lost significantly in value between the announcement and the release of the RTX 3080, but is now around 400 US dollars.

We have two opinions on the used price of the GTX 1080 Ti. We believe that the ability to sell this card for 400 US dollars is good enough for sellers to be one step ahead of price movements in the 400 dollar segment. If a new GPPU offers an RTX 2080 performance of 400 US dollars, cards that were used three years ago and offer the same thing cannot be sold at that price. However, if you’re a buyer looking for a powerful GPU, the 1080 Ti isn’t that bad, especially compared to the new GPUs at that price. If you can capture a value slightly below the median, we’re thinking of 350 USD or less, which is not bad.

However, we believe that there are strong offers for people with 200 US dollars. The GTX 1070 is a very solid purchase under 200 US dollars as it is not much slower than an RTX 2060 if you are willing to forgo features like Ray Launch and DLSS. Based on our data, the RTX 2060 is only 13% faster than the 1070, but costs almost 300 US dollars on the second-hand market and is therefore 52% more expensive. We would also consider the GTX 1070 Ti, which offers a similar value.

Radeon Vega / Polaris GPUs

 Years Since LaunchLaunch MSRPPrice
(May)
Price
(August)
Used $ (3080 launch)Used $ (3080 release)Lowest Used PricePrice Drop per Year
RX Vega 64 Liquid3.1$700 NFS$340$340$330-20.9%
RX Vega 643.0$500 NFS$270$270$240-18.6%
RX Vega 563.0$400 NFS$220$220$210-18.1%
RX 5901.9$280$210$210$170$170$130-22.9%

AMD’s Vega line and Radeon RX 590 are not as well placed on the used market as Pascal. The Vega 56 and 64 devalued above average at around 18% per year, but also do not have much value for the buyers. At 220 US dollars for a typical used Vega 56, you should buy this GTX 1070 better for less than 200 US dollars.

Anyone who bought a Radeon RX 590 for 280 US dollars at launch would probably want to forget this whole fiasco. While the new cards hover around 210 US dollars, the RX 590 has still not performed well in the second-hand market over the years, and the first users were burned quite hard.

What we learned

Having looked at the second-hand market for mid-range and high-end GPUs published in recent years, we are in an interesting position for those who are willing to take action now, but this depends on your situation and configuration as well as your situation are willing to do so in the short term.

If you have a high-end GPU like an RTX 2080 or higher, including the GTX 1080 Ti, this may be a good time to sell your card – at least as long as the Ampere inventory doesn’t meet the demand, you’ll get a better deal than if you sold those cards before the release of the RTX 3080. As you might expect a used GPU sale, you won’t get your original purchase price back, but these cards just don’t have the same value after the release of the RTX 3070 and the market will start a big change in value from the new GPUs.

The sale of an RTX 2080 Ti for 800 US dollars is now better to potentially get 500 or 600 US dollars in a month. We believe that this will happen according to the reality of the RTX 3070. However, this only works if you have a viable alternative, for example, if you are willing to switch to a much slower GPU in the short term. You can’t buy an RTX 3080 for a seamless upgrade yet, and inventory is likely to be terrible for the launch of the RTX 3070. The sale now is just a boost for some people and for others to keep the card and be It is more valuable to play games on it without downgrading them.

In the mid-range market, it may make more sense to keep the GPU, as waiting for new cards worth between 300 and 400 US dollars is likely to take longer. It’s also not very cheap for buyers, as cards like the RX 5700 and RTX 2060 haven’t fallen as much as the new models.

Interesting purchases?

In all the GPUS we discussed in this article, there are not many that we would recommend to buy … it is currently a strong seller market. Perhaps something like a GTX 1070 is a decent price for less than 200 US dollars, and we haven’t looked at the low-end market or older cards, but with the many new GPUs expected in the coming months, it’s now all about selling your car for the maximum value before this quarter.

This analysis has also highlighted some interesting market dynamics. If you buy a card with poor value and the cost per image is low, you can be stabbed twice. The first trick comes from buying the product with lower value, and the second chain comes when you try to sell it. The used market price is much more the actual value of the card than the starting price in terms of performance and cost per image. The sellers of RTX 2080 Ti are discovering it now.

It’s also not the best way to speed up and sell your GPU after a new card is announced. Those who rushed to sell their RTX 2080 and 2080 Tis before the new cards arrived to avoid a perceived massive drop in prices were indeed worse than those who sold tickets after the release of the 3080. In fact, as with every GPU launch in recent years, the stock was not available at launch. If you take a close look at the startup process, you’ll get good information about when to sell it and when not. Immediately after an announcement, when everyone is in a big hype move, this is not the right time to sell.

After all, you can usually assume that a GPU loses 15% of its value each year compared to EIA on the used market. Products with lower value lose more, and sometimes there are outliers like Radeon VII. This can be a useful guide to determining the value of your map that goes beyond the examples presented today.

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