Unfortunately, this won’t get much better for now.
Especially Nvidia, they have a reasonably captive audience, and all of the crypto bros have now evolved into generalised tech bros. As the dies are shared, they won’t really need to care about small-volume non-datacentre users (gamers, small productivity firms, animators), as they can flog their dies to datacentre use to produce and help flood the internet with artificial trash.
RTX 4090s are just starting to edge back down towards $1900 in the US, which is obscene. I cannot believe that the $600 4070 Super is now “mid range”. Mid range, at $600! The new 4080 Super, with MSRP of $1000, is already $1500 on Newegg, and already out of stock. So everyone is paying +$500 over MSRP for functionally ZERO improvement over the original 4080.
Ever since the Cryto fad, shareholders will not accept any answer but getting back to the apex of ridiculous GPU prices. For now, AI is giving that “correct” answer, and now we are all stuck ad infinitum to feel honoured that we can have mid-range GPUs for only $600. Why is the 4060 Ti even still a product? Even better, why do we now have a “””“new”””” RTX 3050 6 GB?! What a waste of sand.
AMD are not offering much better for raytracing, and their AI capability is still off the pace. Intel is still a little too immature in their dGPUs to do much to force a shift in the market.
The only hope is that the fashion for AI calms down and becomes more isolated, and that Intel can get Battlemage+ to force a better market contest. But the problem there is that hardly any productivity software will support it, given the already relatively sparse support for AMD anyway. So we are hoping for additional competitors, so we can go give money to our real masters at the greedy green machine.
It’s marginally better than this time last year, but the market is still trash.