Nvidia’s latest-generation graphics cards remain almost impossible to find for French gamers. This is due to a renewed interest in cryptomoney mining, which requires the use of these same cards.
They are popular with cryptomoney enthusiasts to increase the computing power of their computers, and to be able to verify transactions or even mine bitcoin. Graphics cards have experienced unprecedented demand following the renewed interest in these famous digital currencies, driven by the sharp rise in the price of Bitcoin.
At the beginning of the year, an American managed to purchase 78 state-of-the-art graphics cards, the 78 Geforce RTX 3080 and 65 GTX 1080 Ti, to build a large mining farm. The rise in the price of bitcoin quickly enabled him to raise nearly $900 per day, or $27,000 per month. This was enough to make his investment profitable.
Players without graphics cards
This digital gold rush has put a strain on video game players, who also love these graphics cards. Getting your hands on this state-of-the-art equipment is now a real challenge.
Not least as a direct result, Nvidia, one of the world’s leading graphics card designers, has announced that its GeForce RTX 3060 cards are being restricted to make them less suitable for mining cryptoskills. This technical change is strictly limited to minors and should have no effect on the power of graphics cards for gamers.