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  • We can Buy Video Cards Again?!?
  • We can Buy Video Cards Again?!?


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 33:41

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    Originally recorded May 2018

    Show Notes

    Video cards are back on the market
    For almost 8 months the global supplies of NVIDIA based graphics cards has been non-existent.  For the past two years the global supplies of AMD based graphics cards has been even worse.  These two things share a common thread which is deeply rooted into GPU based cryptocurrency mining.  It all started with bitcoin and then migrated to ethereum once the difficulty exceeded what could be attained using a GPU.  One way to maximize hashrate is the same way you increase framerate in video games.  You simply throw more hardware at it.

    The shortage impacted the market differently and is something Dennis talked about in his article.  The PC Landscape with Cryptocurrency    In that article he talks about how the vocal minority (namely hardware enthusiasts) are to blame for the decline in the DIY PC market and really caused the shortage to happen in the first place. 

    All things aside we are starting to see GPU stocks coming back including more cards at Nvidia.com and at most board partners.  This is evident based on what Darren is seeing at a local frys and through several sources online.

    Related Links
    GPU supply might be stabilizing
    The GPU shortage may be over
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 graphics card shows up in online GPU database
    Ethereum ASIC miner could help bring GPU prices down

    Intel to Launch a Discrete Graphics Card?
    There have been several articles out there speculating about Intel entering the GPU market.  While many of these articles stem from a short paragraph posted on a single hardware site known for leaking and creating their own news this one appears to have some legs. 

    If not short

    In our second segment Dennis and Darren talk about what it could mean for Intel to launch a discrete graphics card and where that would fit in the current GPU landscape.

    Related Links
    Early rumors point to Intel unveiling a discrete graphics card

    Episode 87 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)