The global shortage of semiconductors continues to have severe effects on the pockets and markets of technology and automotive. The predictions on a possible end of the crisis are not rosy: according to ArsTechnica we will have to wait until 2022, while Ford and Volkswagen fear that the situation could worsen further. Despite the alarm and price hikes, the PC market got off to a good start in Q1 2021. What is the cause of this mismatch and how does it affect GPUs?
The global supply of GPUs was already in difficulty due to Covid-19 and the sudden buoyancy of the demand for electronic products, but the real “coup de grace” was given by the requests for graphics cards for mining. Cryptocurrency mining is not necessarily an illegal activity, although some states have chosen to restrict farms and control trading activities – the latest of these countries, after China and India, is Turkey. It is the desire to speculate on cryptocurrencies and to exploit a “gray zone” that is complicating the lives of users, buying up the few GPUs available, and also has serious effects on the climate, cities and so on, as in the case of severe blackouts in Iran. WindowsCentral reports that l’Ethereum has passed the value of $ 3,000 per unit, therefore, further worsening of the current shortage of semiconductors is feared. The value of the Ethereum reached the $ 3,000 milestone in about 9 months: a steady increase from the July 2020, when it reached the value of $ 2,000 per unit.
According to the English site, the constant growth in value of Ethereum makes this cryptocurrency particularly desirable, further increasing the demand for GPUs to extract it. The reactions to the phenomenon are deeply different: Nvidia, after a few missteps, appears to have a plan. On the one hand, in fact, it is placing limits on mining on the next gaming GPUs; on the other hand, it is developing GPUs dedicated to mining, the CMPs. In celebrating the excellent results for Q1 2021, AMD has not provided information on the influence of miners for GPU sales. Both Nvidia and AMD, however, are short on hardware and the rush to Ethereum could make it even more difficult to buy the latest GPUs: Nvidia knows something about it, which has once again postponed the release of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
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