It seem that video cards continue to be stratospheric. While cards are available the prices are way above MSRP and are even worse than recent lows. Cards in Canada are now 200% to 240% of MSRP and nobody can barely afford them.
The MSI RTX 3090 as shown has been hard to find and fleabay stocks are dismal as well. There does not seem to be many such cards available in the market. The $1600 EVGA RTX 3090 XC3 BLACK GAMING is also hard to find anywhere. EVGA is alone in publishing MSRP so they make a benchmark of sorts.
The $999 RX 6900 XT is slightly cheaper but it is also hard to find. AMD reference cards all have prices which allows consumers to make competitive choices. The RX 6900 XT would definitely perk up gaming.
Profiteering is crime and predatory pricing is alto a crime. Sadly nobody body enforces the law.
The RTX 2080 has been in service for a couple of years now and while the card works the boot process is sill annoying. There are lots of speare posts in the case of a failure.
Motherboards and have long used a certificate to secure the BIOS. Older machines often had modified BIOS images to expose more functions or to add more RAM speeds etc. Vendors did not like this. Look what happened to Toshiba in the market when support was refused. Laptops are really bad for support for faster memory etc.
The lip service from NVIDIA several months ago had not yet affected the supply of cards. Low hash rate cards now are easily circumvented suggesting a complete new strategy is needed. Maybe the video card BIOS needs to have a certificate based security against tampering.
It appears now to be 3 years and counting with no new video cards. This is not a good place to be mired.