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So to start off, I am sure many modders and users alike have noticed the insane prices on GFX cards lately. With NVIDIA selling point for the RTX 20 series and 30 series being between 400-600$ for average pricing. Now pop into Amazon or if you manage to get one from Bestbuy or other retailer brand.....The markup is near a grand, or the average price of rent for a one bedroom in the US *Roughly*. So I am curious as I have been working on a few vr projects for a while now....Where does this lead both dev and consumers in the future? 

A lot of these issues stem to crypto miners and their nature to buying these cards out for their own endeavors in huge bulk. Apparently in some of the larger operations i.e. within China there is an estimated 2 million dollars worth of cards per large operation. Which has put me to question is there a future for those of us, who utilize these cards for our work or play? How does this affect the gaming community in the long run? And finally with such an issue as obtaining it for those who are living below the expenditures required to make such a purchase, due to the overly inflated cost, does this mean potential loss of players on the PC and possibly future console side of things?

Sorry for the lack of citation, I was just tossing off everything I was thinking of this moment; There are plenty of articles leading to these issues across Google, Bing some discords and other social platforms.



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The latest iteration of 30 series cards are "Low Hash Rate", so, they suck for mining. A large part of the inflated pricing was due to the shortage of chips, caused by the pandemic shutting down most production. We are still in recovery from that, but, the market IS loosening up. Give it another year, and assuming the pandemic doesn't cause us more shutdowns, prices should return to some semblance of 'normal'. Don't expect them to be priced the same as the 20 series cards were though, prices on EVERYTHING have gone up, and while I expect them to come down some, I do not expect them to return to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon.



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true, i guess the gpu prices will not reach the pre pandemic levels again as long people pay the current prices. and it seems they do. 

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My answer is definitely gaming because there are so many different characteristics in this industry that elevate it above others. The excitement in this business is justified by the fact that it allows you to perform various tasks using https://joywallet.com/article/solitaire-cash-review/. Solitaire is my favorite game ever since I was a kid, and that's why I have to look for different information about it often to be able to get more success. I am sure you understand what I mean.


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Keep in mind that the half-life on hardware currently stands at about three years.  The latest and greatest today will be outdated in three years and obsolete in six.  That puts one hellova churn in the pricing models for hardware.  No matter which way you go, maintaining currency is expensive.



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Keep in mind that the half-life on hardware currently stands at about three years.  The latest and greatest today will be outdated in three years and obsolete in six.  That puts one hellova churn in the pricing models for hardware.  No matter which way you go, maintaining currency is expensive.

I think three years is really optimistic. It was about two years between the 20 series, and 30 series Nvidia cards... and the performance jump was tremendous. (and going from a 10 series, to a 30 series? HOLY SMOKE! :D )

 

However, "Old" does not necessarily imply "useless", The previous incarnation of my gaming machine lasted me 8 years. I just upgraded the video card a couple times. (twice, I think, once was because they gave me a better card on my RMA.) So far, I haven't seem many games that can actually take advantage of more than two cores either..... So the older processors, with higher clock speeds, can actually perform BETTER in games than some of the newer ones. Yeah, Imagine my surprise. :D

 

All that said though, given that game development is at minimum, three years, and usually longer, the hardware that the game started on, is already way out of date, as compared to the current market. So, if your hardware isn't truly old, it should run most games fairly well.

 

I think it's more video technology that keeps upping the game though...... And the vid card market is TIGHT. Prices on cards are getting stupid again, and thats if you can even FIND one...... We have some 3080Ti's in stock at the moment, that we will sell for almost 2 grand a whack, and those will be gone by the end of the week.



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Keep in mind that the half-life on hardware currently stands at about three years.  The latest and greatest today will be outdated in three years and obsolete in six.  That puts one hellova churn in the pricing models for hardware.  No matter which way you go, maintaining currency is expensive.

 

I have a i7 6700k from late 2015 and a 1080ti from 2017 and they're both still going strong at 1440p, the performance is good enough for me to be comfortable with waiting for prices to stabilise.  







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