One day, you will have the chance to look a young man in the eye and tell him that you experienced the 2017 GPU drought. And that guy will turn up the volume on his computer implanted on the brain and ignore you. But forget about Generation Omega or whatever we call them – now it's time to celebrate that cult speculators no longer buy every GPU on the market to extract digital coins.
GPU demand declined last quarter, according to the graphic design company Jon Peddie Research. Overall, GPU shipments from manufacturers fell 1.5% from the first quarter of 2018 to the second quarter. Throughout 2017 and at the start of 2018, people use Nvidia and AMD GPUs to perform the processing required to create new crypto-currencies similar to Bitcoin. But the cryptography market has fallen, and this has made the GPU extraction too inefficient to make money.
Of course, AMD and Nvidia were the hardest. AMD shipments fell 12.3% in the previous quarter and Nvidia's 7% declines. Intel, which makes integrated graphics for its CPUs, has seen a 3% increase. And year after year, GPU shipments fell 4.9%.
But this is not a recession for computer graphics. It's just a return to sanity.
"The PC market is showing greater stabilization and now seems to have rid itself of the fever of the gold rush of cryptomining," reads Jon Peddie's report. "Overall, the volume has slipped, although with bright spots for the market here and there, but we can mark the first quarter of 2018 as the peak and last hurray for cryptic fever. included in mining platforms, they are back to their normal volume. "
The report also states that even the" add-in "graphics cards (AIB) ended after losing 27.96% of the quarter over quarter. Cryptominers would use AIBs to get the most out of a car, but Jon Peddie Research does not believe he will mention them again.
Now that we are living in a normal GPU market again, you should have no problem with the store or online to buy a 10-series GTX GPU from Nvidia or AMD's Radeon or Vega cards. They have all been difficult to find throughout 2017, but now they are in abundance. Obviously, Nvidia has announced its new RTX cards, so we'll see if prices fall to empty the next-generation inventory.
So this means that criptomining is behind us forever? Perhaps, but probably not. RTX cards may not be a sufficient step forward to start another mania, but who knows when the next digital currency will come and change everything.
We never hope.