Despite the high price of top-end PC hardware in South Africa, local gamers are still buying high-performance components.
Following the recent reveal of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, many South African retailers have listed the product for pre-order.
The high-end GPU starts at around R12,500 in South Africa.
Wootware lead developer Matthew Berry said there has been a lot of interest in the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card in South Africa, especially among gamers and hardware enthusiasts.
Previously, the only option for gamers seeking a single GPU for 4K gaming was Nvidia’s Titan X Pascal – which was only officially available through the company’s online store.
“The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is an effective replacement for the GTX Titan Pascal and will become a new favourite for those using Nvidia GPUs for 4K gaming, as well as deep-learning and compute applications,” said Berry.
Popular graphics cards
Berry said mid-to-high-range graphics cards are the most popular among South African consumers, despite the higher price of the hardware.
“Both budget and high-end markets are robust in South Africa,” said Berry.
“Mid-range and higher GPUs tend to be more popular than budget hardware, since there are more integrated GPUs and second-hand options to consider in the lower price segment,” he said.
“As people spend more time gaming, it starts to make sense to consider the higher-end of the hardware spectrum.”
The interest in high-end gaming hardware is evident in Wootware’s store, with the most popular Nvidia graphics card the GeForce GTX 1060.
The GeForce GTX 1060 is a powerful GPU, capable of running most new games in Full HD with a high frame rate, and currently sells for between R4,000-R5,500 locally.
It should be noted that Wootware stocks Zotac and Galax GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards, which are significantly cheaper than other AIB partner cards.