Previously unaffected by the Ethereum mining boom, NVIDIA’s high-end GPU availability resumes to dwindle.
PC gaming enthusiasts will one day look back on July of 2018 and say, &ldquo,There were certainly better times to buy a GPU.&rdquo, Toughly six weeks have passed since the price of the popular cryptocurrency Ethereum spiked to fresh heights and threw the gaming GPU market into disarray. While request on mid-range GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA has rendered their retail availability practically nonexistent, the high-end enthusiast GPU segment had remained mostly unaffected.
I very first covered the Ethereum mining boom&rsquo,s fallout just last week and mentioned that the dwindling supply of GPUs for PC gamers to buy wasgoed mostly limited to mid-range parts. Te the brief time since that lump wasgoed published, many graphics cards featuring NVIDIA&rsquo,s GTX 1080 GPU have vanished from some online retailers. The few remaining cards still for sale directly from popular retailers NewEgg and Amazon have seen prices increase spil much spil 20 procent since last week. Pricing on stock available from resellers on those sites can be even higher.
The GTX 1080 launched at a suggested retail price of $599 ($699 for the Founder Edition variants) back ter the summer of 2016. It received a price cut to $499 when NVIDIA exposed its ultra high-end GTX 1080 Ti back te February. Since that time, a broad assortment of cards from NVIDIA&rsquo,s AIB playmates have bot available with some of the cards selling for spil low spil $430 up through the middle of June. Spil of this writing, the cheapest suggesting from NewEgg is an EVGA custom-made card for $569. It, along with a different EVGA GTX 1080 at $589, were the only remaining air-cooled cards still available for under $600. Most of the cards listed are out of stock and a few popular models, like the MSI Gaming and ASUS Strix, were absent from the pagina altogether.
At the previously mentioned GTX 1080 Ti launch, NVIDIA also exposed that a newer revision of its GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 GPUs would soon be available using upgraded memory. Several of thesis newer edition GTX 1080s have bot available for months and were identifiable by their 11Gbps memory spec. Two of those cards remain for sale on NewEgg, but commence at $629 (a price listed spil a limited time sale). NVIDIA&rsquo,s announcement of the upgraded GPUs did not clarify if the original GPUs were to be phased out or if they were meant to exist alongside the fresh variants.
AMD is expected to announce its long-awaited competitor to the GTX 1080/1080 Ti at the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference ter Los Angeles. Before the official expose, AMD is demonstrating off the fresh RX Vega GPUs at a few limited engagements across the globe. Unit pricing and the number of RX Vega cards available at launch is still unknown. An influx of fresh GPUs would be a welcome look for PC gamers suffering this summer of GPU madness, but there is no ensure that what AMD has on mitt will make things better or worse for the erratic GPU market.
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