Cryptocurrency’s Demise Has Helped Lower Prices for GPUs

Cryptocurrency saw a major rise in popularity late last year when one of the major names in the business, Bitcoin, reached an all-time high of $19,783 in December 2017.

Right before the record was reached, a lot of people ended up investing in cryptocurrency by either buying Bitcoins or mining them.

The Rise

Apparently, the more popular method was mining, which required the use of dedicated ASICs or, the cheaper and easily available option, graphics cards. The high demand for GPUs due to the mining craze caused a sharp rise in their prices, making their availability a major issue.


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A survey conducted by Jon Peddie Research showed that cryptocurrency miners purchased over 3 million GPUs totaling around $776 million in 2017. The majority of these GPUs were manufactured by AMD.

Towards the start of 2018, most of the GPUs were sold out in the market which led to an increase in prices.

GPU Prices Falling

With the fall of cryptocurrencies in recent times, interest in these GPUs have fallen and according to recent data, the prices have been taking a fall as well.

C. Robert Dow, manager of digital media at the Jon Peddie research said

The cost to run the mining rigs is not insignificant, so when the price for the currencies drop…, people will run rigs and choose to dump AIBs [add-in-board] on the secondary market hoping to recover some cost.

Data from the Charts

A website called PCPartPicker has a chart available which shows the trend in prices over the last of couple of months for popular GPUs.

1. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Price Chart

Prices hovered around the $160-$180 for a long time for this card until it gradually saw a rise in prices starting from Jan 2018 with an all-time high of around $290 in Feb 2018. However, the recent trend shows that it is constantly on the fall after Mar 2018.

2. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Price Chart

As far as the 1070Ti is concerned, it went on sale for about $450. With the rising prices in Jan 2018, it reached an all-time high of around $900. Prices began to fall around mid-Feb till Jun 2018 with a currently stable price of around $500.

Better Mining Rigs

Not all of this has happened just due to the fall in cryptocurrency. Tech companies started making better ASICs (dedicated mining hardware) to replace the GPUs. In April 2018, Bitmain, a Chinese tech company, release the Antminer H3, the world’s most powerful and efficient EtHash ASIC miner.

Bitmain took a fair chunk out of AMD and Nvidia’s paycheck due to its popularity and it even surpassed Nvidia in terms of overall profits in 2017 by taking around 80% of the market for Bitcoin miners.

  • But due to currency devaluation rates of cards in Pakistan are rising, gtx 1060 3b was 30k few weeks ago, its 45k now, gtx 1050 was 18k now 23k, 1050ti 28k to 33k…

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