That's both true and false.
Manufacturers love having a robust secondary market because it creates artificial demand on product, giving ample justification for price hikes. They love having excuses to raise prices, because if they just outright increased prices, it would be a PR issue. Some of...
Yup, had to explain to a friend that Nvidia making CMP cards is *not* gamer friendly. LTT also explained this.
Basically those CMP cards will never make it second hand to a gamer like normal GPU's. Nvidia got burned hard with the Turing (RTX 20xx) launch, where they had to contend with a flood...
What you said has happened literally every single bust cycle.
The economics are simple. Don't underestimate the amount of morons that used leveraged money to buy GPU's at scalper prices and they have payments to make.
For others, they just wanted a couple free GPU's and are selling excess.
May be true for poorly built AIO's. But generally a well built 240/280mm AIO is better than any air cooler.
MSRP Arctic Freezer 280mm is ~$115; Noctua NH-D15 is $100.
AF 280mm is a good 5-6C cooler @ 200W, noise normalized.
My point of the price bring pretentious is that it's unobtainable by the majority of the user base. Does it exist? Yes. Do some people get it at that price? Yes. Is it available for the bulk use case? No. I'd wager that the vast majority of Radeon RX 6xxx cards being shipped are not the...