Given that NVIDIA is making 80% of video cards as low hash rate (LHR) the outlook for the fall now looks more favorable. While the RTX 3060, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 are now largely sold out, the newer RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti are more available.

Recall the report on 485,000 RX 470 cards in China. That number of cards is more than material to the gaming community. Anyone who minimizes the impact, I suggest they should have their rights read to them. Ads in Twitter and Facebook flogging bitcoin exchanges are an example of how bad things have become.

While subtle, NVIDIA is aware of the gaming woes. They have publicly said they will deal with the problem. NVIDIA said that LHR cards from June onwards so come October and and November the retail araciality of video cards should be better. LHR cards are intentionally unpalatable to mining. The cards are fine for gaming.

TSMC and Samsung have both raised their prices for new orders. Both are taking advantage of the market forces to earn more cash. In reality both have spectacular capital expenses which need a large cash flow. Lately $10 billion for foundries seems to be the going rate.

I have observed that miners with RTX Ampere cards have experienced overheating. The GDDR6X memory is very hot in operation compared to GDDR6 used with RTX Turing cards and Radeon RX 6000 series cards. RTX Ampere mining had reported severely underclocking the memory which has not been all that successful. Nerfing the hash rate will definitely affect the earnings of RTX Ampere.

So far however AMD seems fine selling all of their inventory to the mining community. At least NVIDIA did not turn its back on gaming. AMD may have consoles but turning their back on PC gaming is not wise move.

Next year is NVIDIA Lovelace which hopefully will be redesigned to be gaming friendly while being undesirable to mining. NVIDIA is aware that the PC gaming market is much larger than the console market. Legions of gaming enthusiasts are wanting new graphics cards with better performance and features like HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 etc.

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