Nvidia totally dominates the GPU roost over AMD right now, at least according to Newegg’s graphics card sales rankings, with Team Green dominating its rival to a seemingly unprecedented extent.
Tom’s Hardware pointed out that the top 10 selling graphics cards listed by the US retailer are GeForce models at the time of writing.
In fact, the entire top 20 models are all Nvidia products, with one exception – an AMD entry at number 15, which is the MSI Mech Radeon RX 6600. To frame this another way, 95% of the 20 The best graphics cards are made by Nvidia, and they’re all Ampere (RTX 3000) GPUs, except for the RTX 2060 at number 17.
It’s also worth noting that the top dog sellers are fairly expensive Nvidia GPUs, namely the RTX 3070 Ti, a trio of models that take the top three spots, and they’re followed by a 3060 Ti, then an RTX 3050 – an affordable option, of course – but at number six there’s an RTX 3080 Ti.
There’s a bit of a quirk here given that the RTX 3060 Ti at number 4 is actually a bit more expensive than the RTX 3070 Ti at second place (both are Gigabyte cards), but the latter got a big price drop to $700, and the former is currently only offered by a third-party seller, so presumably Newegg was selling it for much less until very recently when it ran out of stock.
Analysis: A real headache, make no mistake
It is certainly a surprising situation. Nvidia’s dominance in desktop GPUs is well established if you look at any report, mind – it’s usually around the 80% market share level, or 70 years – but Team Green ownership is being taken to new levels at Newegg today.
So what’s going on here? Sure, Nvidia’s graphics card prices have dropped recently, and that results in some attractive deals right now – but AMD’s prices have also dropped, and there are some tempting price cuts for Team Red as well.
This RX 6600 – which is the only AMD GPU to make the top 20 – isn’t far off its MSRP now, and is just over 10% cheaper than the most affordable RTX 3060 in Newegg’s ranking at the time. from the editorial staff – with these two cards being pretty evenly matched in terms of overall performance, as we observed in our review. Indeed, this RX 6600 doesn’t cost much more than the RTX 3050 much further up the list (you’re looking at 10% more for the AMD GPU).
We really don’t know why AMD’s RX 6000 products are so convincingly excluded from the top 20 right now. Tom’s suggests it might be in Nvidia’s mind, but as previously stated, Team Green has always had that advantage – and there’s no real reason why anything in that regard would have changed so much lately.
There may have been strong pent-up demand for beefier Nvidia RTX 3000 models, and with prices finally starting to normalize, those buyers are on the move. While that still doesn’t explain the extent of Nvidia’s dominance here, even lower in price tiers, and overall it’s a bit of a headache.
Naturally, we can’t put too much stock in one source – it’s just a retailer’s market snapshot, after all – but one thing it could indicate, perhaps, is price drops. more convincing from AMD to get back into the game a bit more. Especially since new RDNA 2 updates are said to be imminent, including the RX 6950 XT, which should bring down the price of existing graphics cards that these revamped models will be a step up from (namely the RX 6900, 6700 and this 6600).
All of this should be good news for gamers who want GPU prices to drop even further…