Like it or not, it’s impossible to deny that over the last 3-6 months there has undoubtedly been significant growth and expansion within the Cryptocurrency mining industry. – Of course, the bad news for us mere humble consumers is that with this placing an exceptional demand on the already limited graphic card supply, getting hold of an upgrade, or at least one for a reasonable price, has become increasingly more difficult.
It seems, however, that even the Cyptocurrency miners might currently be feeling the pinch over the lack of GPU supply as in a report via Videocardz, they are now apparently targeting laptops featuring Nvidia 30XX graphics cards as an alternative solution!
Crypto-Miners Target Nvidia Laptops
This is certainly an interesting development as, generally speaking, laptops are not usually the medium that miners target. Why? Well, firstly mobile graphics cards are often significantly less powerful than their desktop counterparts. Secondly, I would suspect that operating a laptop isn’t as energy efficient as a multi-GPU setup, and thirdly, well… Laptops are quite expensive. Particularly those featuring Nvidia’s latest 30XX mobile graphics cards that literally only hit the market last week!
In the report, however, it has been said that that cryptocurrency miners in China are very specifically targeting these gaming laptops and, apparently, some AIB manufacturers are actually quite happy to sell them in bulk. This is largely based on the fact that a notable premium is added to the bill (which is clearly quite substantial if they’re bought in high-quantities), and, more so, they supply them without any warranty or guarantee. For the manufacturer, it’s a win-win. More money, no come back!
What Does This Mean?
The most concerning aspect of this report is that following the supply and demand issues seen on a lot of technologies released over the last 6 months, it feels like we might be on the verge of new laptop designs being thrown onto that list too. Put simply, if you have been looking to get a new gaming notebook, if Cryptocurrency miners are snapping them up, then your options might quickly become surprisingly more limited than you might have hoped.
There is, of course, nothing to say that this trend will impact global markets, but let’s face it, what happens in China regarding manufacturing nearly always has some implications throughout the rest of the world.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments!