From deficiency to surplus.
In a nutshell, from one extreme to the other best describes the GPU market in the past few years. Newegg is now bundling additional hardware with GPUs to move inventory as quickly as possible due to the apparent swiftness of the turnaround.
Obtaining a high-end graphics card, such as those from Nvidia’s 30 series, has been difficult in recent memory due to the pandemic and subsequent component shortages and supply chain issues, as well as scalpers and cryptocurrency miners. As the majority of pandemic restrictions have been lifted and the supply chain is becoming more fluid, it appears that the worst is behind us.
Ethereum’s recent switch to a proof-of-stake algorithm will undoubtedly cause a glut of GPUs on the market.
As of this writing, the Gigabyte Eagle OC RTX 3060 is available for $399.99 with a 24-inch Gigabyte gaming monitor with a variable refresh rate of 165Hz / 180Hz. The card is normally priced at $379.99, and the monitor is worth $159.99, so you are receiving a solid deal.
A different combination consists of an RTX 3070 and a 27-inch curved QHD gaming monitor with 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and 83% DCI-P3 color space coverage. Individually, the RTX 3070 costs $549.99, and the monitor costs $229.99, but for a limited time, you can purchase both for $599.99.
Given the timing, such bundles would not be out of the ordinary under normal market conditions. Nvidia is on the verge of announcing its RTX 4000 graphics cards, and purportedly leaked images are fueling the rumor mill. Clearing out an inventory of cards that will soon be obsolete is logical.
Even if you don’t need a new monitor, having an extra one on hand is a good idea. It could also be used as the foundation for a new project or to update an older structure. If you are in a particularly generous mood, you could always give it to someone in need.