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Nvidia's anti-miner retailer advice is just an empty gesture to PC gamers

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Most hardware enthusiasts - even those with just a passing interest in PCs - will be well aware that miners are snatching up all the GPUs they can in order to power the cryptocurrency gold rush. Retailers are now facing some pushback from Nvidia, however, who have officially confirmed the steps they will take to limit the supply of GPUs to miners and get GeForce cards back into gamer’s rigs.

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While Nvidia have received some flak recently for the limitations they applied to GeForce-powered servers, this new restrictive policy seems to apply to both ends of the spectrum. GeForce is for gamers while Quadro and Tesla are for professionals. Nvidia’s statement is some sign, if only a small one, of resistance from the green team to the outrageous pricing of GPUs going unabated.

It’s not a particularly large gesture from Nvidia, only a “recommendation” - maybe the soft touch was a byproduct from the backlash the company previously saw from more heavy-handed recommendations to retailers and manufacturers.

“For Nvidia, gamers come first,” Nvidia spokesperson, Boris Böhles, tells ComputerBase. “All activities related to our GeForce product line are focused on our main audience. To ensure that GeForce gamers continue to have good GeForce graphics card availability in the current situation, we recommend that our trading partners make the appropriate arrangements to meet gamers’ needs as usual.”

Whether Nvidia’s promise will manifest as more cards for gamers is yet to be seen. Many, if not most, retailers already implement some variation of a one card limit per customer, to little success. Plenty of graphics cards never seem to make it to stores in the first place with the larger mining outfits heading them off at the pass and buying from distributors or graphics card partners direct.

AMD, on the other hand, seemingly can’t afford to crack down on miners. Relying on cryptocurrency mining for business growth is a risky approach in itself, and it could lead to shaky ground in the wake of a crash.

Maybe this move from Nvidia will spurn some positive change, but it seems that without direct changes to the manufacturing and retail chain, gamers are still facing bleak graphics card upgrade options for the immediate future. Combined with high SSD and drastically over-priced DRAM, 2018 is set to be an expensive year for PC gamers.

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SinPunisher avatarJezcentral avatarWhiteCrow avatarneonas avatarTannhauser avatarJacob Ridley avatar+2
Jezcentral Avatar
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4 Weeks ago

While I would like to be able to afford a new 1080Ti, having said that I don't think Nvidia have the right to tell people not to use GTX cards instead of their Quadro range, it would be slightly hypocritical to demand they let me have that card for cheap when they are making hay while the sun shines. May either the crypto-crash come soon, or Nvidia's supply chain get a move on.

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neonas Avatar
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4 Weeks ago

Main reason why they buying 1080Ti is performance per hash or something around that

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Tannhauser Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

"Larger mining outfits" still use graphics cards for mining? In the case of BTC it's just no longer profitable to do so, it's ASICs or bust. I would expect that to be the case with other cryptos as they grow. Looks like this "problem" should take care of itself.

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Jacob Ridley Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

I wouldn't hold my breath for this issue to fix itself. Once one cryptocurrency reaches a difficulty beyond GPU mining, another will always be ready to take its place.

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Tannhauser Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

So the idea is to set up a mining farm powered by GPUs that is not as powerful as one built on ASICs but more versatile, being able to switch to another crypto overnight? That's interesting but it rests on the crypto economy continuing to expand at, at least, its present rate. Again, not sure how many "larger mining outfits" would go with this strategy over playing it safe with bigger, more established cryptocurrencies, that can be mined with ASICs.

ASIC-resistant doesn't mean ASIC-proof, btw. It's just a matter of whether the market capitalization and revenue can make an ASIC profitable.

Fascinating stuff, regardless.

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JohnPhu Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

Most other cryptos have adopted ASIC-resistant algorithms. Only a few of the "legacy" coins (including Bitcoin) are ASIC'ed.

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Mombasa Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

No really decent games out that I want until 2019 anyway, so wont even bother wasting my cash this year, money down the toilet.

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SinPunisher Avatar
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4 Weeks ago

Unless Nvidia mass produces their Volta lineup and includes drivers that make them incapable of mining I'm taking what they say with a grain of salt.

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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4 Weeks ago

People would easily get around a driver lockout. They need to implement it at the hardware level if anything like that is to succeed.

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neonas Avatar
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4 Weeks ago

NVIDIA Volta is the new driving force behind artificial intelligence.

And it cost 2999 dollars

You see problem with Titan V for mining?

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