GPU Hardware Firm Zotac Flirts With Crypto Miners, Aggravates Gaming Community

Sahaj  |  Feb 17, 2021

On February 16, Zotac, a manufacturer of computing hardware, annoyed a user base of dedicated gamers, after the company shared a tweet seemingly promoting its brand new Nvidia 30 series Graphics Cards to crypto miners. 

An army of ZOTAC Gaming GPUs hungry for the coin!” 

All About Nvidia’s 30 Series Graphics Card

Moving ahead in the new year, the availability of Nvidia’s 30 series graphics cards jumped, while the cost of it surged. ETH miners were able to make $12,000 per month by late December by combining a total of 78 Nvidia RTX 3080 GPUs.

Since December, the potential income from mining coins has been doubled, after the price value of ETH surged up 140% in the interceding period. However, not every follower of the hardware firm was happy with the attempt to court crypto miners. A user replied:

Too bad those aren't in the hands of all the gamers and PC enthusiasts as well...Especially the white limited edition that miners don't care about."

Another user, MWausE, tweeted in persuasion to Nvidia to stop supplying their GPUs to Zotac if they do not intend to sell them to the gamers. 

What’s There for Crypto Miners and Gamers

Amid a completely renewed bull run in the cryptocurrency, the price of Nvidia’s 30 series graphics cards has been doubled since their release. In September, the price was $699, and since then, it has surged to almost $1300 at the time of writing this article.

The ETH miners in China have fractured even the portable computers that do consist of the 30 series GPU. They have built mining farms that are made from stacks of laptops that are internally connected.

However, Colette Kress, the CFO of Nvidia, assured the gamers that they are still going to be the priority of the firm, and even claimed that the shortage at present time was a result of an increase in demand from gamers all over the world.

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