As new forms of cryptocurrency become more and more accessible, as is the case of Ethereum and Zcash, an ever increasing number of people attempt their luck in mining with their PCs at home. This unexpected enthusiasm for mineable cryptographic money has cauused a momentarily lack of availability in many shops for high end video cards, and particularly for R200 and even RX580 AMD based videocards. Wanna-be crypto-miners particularly crave for AMD videocards since they are superior to NVIDIA-branded counterparts, even if lately some digital currencies, as is the case of Zcash, have been specifically designed with the Pascal series of GPUs in mind.
Motherboard manufacturer AsRock showcased a mining rig at Computex 2017 that would have all cryptocurrency-enthusiasts drool. The amount of videocards installed on that rig is absurd, to say the least, but lets you have a picture of why availability is becoming an issue…
Both AMD and NVIDIA have lately targeted this issue and started to design new VGAs designed exclusively to the mining of cryptocurrencies, not to put too much pressure on the availability of the gaming oriented video cards, which are of course their main focus. It does not make sense for the manufacturers to let their core customers without products, does it? So Nvidia is soon lauching a dedicated GP106-100 GPU that will be the perfect mining VGA: they should come with a lower price tag since lacking of “gaming” features like multiple display outputs, fancy coolers and the like. AMD is going the same direction, with their Polaris 20 GPU based cards.
So then it looks that the future of cryptocurrencies is secured, at least for what availability of cards is concerned. We only hope to see these dedicated cards in the market soon, since “normal” gaming cards are starting to get really hard to be found.