For some reason the RTX 2080 is not working. I removed the card to clean it for dust and placed it back in the machine after cleaning the rest of the machine. There is no display so I am going to have to look at a new card again sooner or later. I have installed the RX 480 8GB which can at least keep the machine operational pending more video cards. The RX 480 cannot even earn $1 a day and they still sell for double MSRP. The insanity of mining affects even obsolete cards suggesting the bubble mentality is is full force.

This comes on the heels of the Sapphire Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT that lasted all of two weeks. It obvious I need to rethink graphics cards with the Obsidian 750D thermal capabilities. Warm air coming from the top of the chassis was very noticeably warm suggesting the RX 6900 XT was throwing off a lot of heat. When I replace the motherboard I intend to get an x8 x8 setup to allow for dual cards. Integrated WiFi eliminates a PCIe card and a USB 2.0 requirement.

The warranty on the RTX 2080 expired long ago so there is maybe something I can fix but for now the RX 480 has the job. There are still a few more cards left in the box should the RX 480 elect to croak. The RX 6700 XT is slightly better than the dead RTX 2080 but it is slightly expensive new. The Powercolor model has 3 fans to keep it cool but the card is not that big of a power pig.

Looking towards 2H2022 when AMD launches Zen 4 I will replace my motherboard assuming DDR5 is not too expensive. Current prices are close to DDR4 for the same capacity 16GB DIMMS. The goal is to have 64GB to have more RAM for gaming through the cycle.

Video cards on fleabay are still elevated and it appears that relief may be long coming. Mining has the bane of gaming since it began.