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Will AMD And Nvidia Dedicated Cryptocurrency Mining Graphics Cards Make GPU Pricing And Availability Any Better?

Mining is becoming a huge issue as we have seen increased graphics cards prices and the availability has reduced to close to nothing. While this is an issue you must be wondering that upcoming dedicated cryptocurrency mining graphics cards could make all the difference in the world but things are not that simple.

Nvidia Turing is supposed to be the next generation architecture that will be optimized for cryptocurrency mining and while that is the case we have also been getting news about Pascal graphics cards that are optimized for mining. You can check those out here.

The thing is, if Nvidia does release mining graphics cards then in order to reduce cost and made them better value for money, the company will have to remove the display ports. Miners have no use of these ports. While these will reduce the cost of making these graphics cards and they will be priced cheaper than the gaming version, these will be useless for gamers.

Why does that matter? Miners use graphics cards and then sell them in order to get part of their investment back. They then decide whether or not they are going to invest more money into new graphics cards. If there are no display ports then these cards cannot be sold to gamers at all. If this is indeed the case then you will continue to see miners grabbing gaming graphics cards as they can be sold later on.

We have also heard that upcoming Nvidia Ampere graphics cards will be locked and won’t be used for mining purposes. This has not been confirmed by Nvidia and even if this is true, we have no idea how Nvidia plans on pulling this off. There are those that claim that this cannot be done but we have to wait and see what happens.

Wrapping things up, it is safe to say that introduction of dedicated cryptocurrency mining graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia will have little to no effect on the pricing and availability of gaming graphics cards. This is speculation and until we have more information regarding the matter nothing is set in stone.

Miners are not the only reason why graphics cards pricing is going up. According to Nvidia:

All new cell phones coming out by Apple and Samsung (and others) last year started using the same memory as graphics cards. Apple and Samsung are willing to pay more for this memory to make sure they get it first and all of it that they need. This has created a shortage of memory for the much smaller companies like MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, and EVGA to make graphics cards.

Let us know what you think will happen when dedicated cryptocurrency mining graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia come out. Will they have an effect on the pricing and availability of gaming graphics cards?