I have been following a smaller computer webshop here in Norway, for some weeks, trying to get my hands on a 3090 with a water block.
Today they had 3 in stock and would launch them at 2 PM.
I was ready as can be, counting down the seconds, refreshing the browser…
Precisely at 2 o’clock the buy button was green and I hit it hard… The webshop updated…and the cards were gone.
But hey, I got the satisfaction of the thrill of seeing a green buy button, at least. Haven’t seen that in many months…
This race of high GPUs because bitcoins mining is understandable but strongly disgusting and is hurting hard gaming customers! nowadays, contrary to last decades, the graphic cards are increasing and increasing price, not to mention the shortages of stocks. Now you get more costy a gpu that was bought like 5 years ago!!!
Even Nvidia is not much happy and trying to curb the hash rate of some gpus, but imho its a no end because, ok, they will curb, but still appeal because still more powerful for hash mining than a cpu. So, nowadays its a big snowball effect problem that solution is not easy!
And for bitcoin miners is also a no end story, more money they got, more gpus they will buy to get more money.
The bitcoins mining damaged a lot the gpu stocks. Nvidia didn’t curb their future gpus if was not a huge issue. And bitcoins mining suffers much more from the profits snowball effect, more than gene and weather computations.
I don’t know, but all the webshops I frequent has a ‘in stock notification’ system.
But they rarely get more than a few cards and they’re sold out within a second. So any message telling me a shop has GPUs in stock, will arrive too late
Until manufacturers release mining cards that have a price/hash rate improvement over gaming GPUs, there will be little business incentive for mine operators to act otherwise. I don’t blame the miners for making smart business decisions. I’m wondering if either the game publishing industry can apply pressure or if Nvidia and AMD will be sufficiently motivated by a long term goal of nurturing that part of their business.