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How Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are hurting gamers | PC Gamer

Mining started with CPUs, then moved to GPUs, FPGAs, and eventually to custom ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuit)--processors designed purely for Bitcoin's hashing function. The fastest Bitcoin ASICs now do around 100 GH/s per chip, which is orders of magnitude faster than the best CPU or GPU. But they don't use just one chip--a typical Bitcoin ASIC miner can have anywhere from dozens...

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Valve drops Bitcoin as a Steam payment option | PC Gamer

The price of Bitcoin is currently soaring. When the same happened with Ethereum earlier this year, it led to soaring graphics card prices, as miners bought up all the hardware they could find. Bitcoin's price flux could mean graphics cards are about to get scarce again .

Less than two years after adopting Bitcoin as a payment option on Steam, Valve has announced that it is dropping support for...

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Graphics card prices may shoot up again due to Bitcoin's ...

The past 6-8 months have been rough in the world of computer graphics cards, with GPU prices elevated well above the original MSRPs. The cause wasn't an increase in demand from gamers, but instead came from the world of cryptocurrency miners. There was a spike in valuation for many cryptocurrencies, in particular Ethereum went from less than $10 at the start of the year to over $300 in June, and...

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Blame cryptocurrency miners for scarcity of Radeon RX 580 ...

AMD's hardware partners responded that after things remained relatively quiet in the cryptocurrency community of the last several months, miners came in droves and snatched all the cards up.

Cryptocurrency participants can use graphics cards to "mine" various coins, which can be traded for Bitcoin, which can then be sold for actual cash. The result is that with the right GPU, you could...

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Cryptocurrency mining may void warranty on Inno3D GPUs ...

At least one company is fighting back against the cryptocurrency craze that is depleting the market of graphics cards. Over at Reddit , a user brought to attention a warning sticker from Inno3D that tells miners it may opt not to honor its warranty if its cards are used for mining.

"This product is not designed for Crypto Mining. We reserve the right to void the warranty if there is any damage...

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Is it safe to buy a used graphics card that's been mining ...

We've been through the rise and fall of cryptocurrency mining using GPUs several times now--first in 2011 with Radeon HD 5870/5850 cards and Bitcoin (SHA256), then in 2013 with Radeon R9 290X/290 and Litecoin (Scrypt) and other alt-coins (X11, X13, etc.), and now we appear to be nearing the end of the Ethereum (Dagger-Hashimoto / Ethash) craze--maybe. Historically, the mining boom and bust leads...

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ASRock releases motherboards designed to mine Bitcoins ...



I'm about to write a bunch of really weird words in a row, but I need you to hang in there. We'll get through this together. Are you ready?

ASRock has just released a new motherboard series designed specifically to mine for Bitcoins. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time PC hardware has been built with Bitcoins in mind. Actually, these are the first PC components built to, theoretically, make you money.

Let's back up a little bit. Bitcoins are the internet-based, peer-to-peer currency, as explained in the video above. At about 0:30 in the video, the narrator mentions Bitcoin...

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The best graphics card - November 2017 | PC Gamer

The best graphics card

Great for 1080p and 1440p gaming

Highly efficient architecture

May be too expensive for some

DX12 performance sometimes lacking

'Only' GDDR5, not GDDR5X

The best graphics card isn't normally the fastest graphics card. That honor goes to the Titan Xp, or at least the GTX 1080 Ti. Similarly, the best card isn't the least expensive option, because while there are cards like...

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Biostar's newest Ryzen motherboards are built for Bitcoin ...

We have to presume that Biostar's latest AM4 motherboards are affordable solutions because the company did not reveal pricing information. But what Biostar did make clear is that its TA320-BTC and TB350-BTC are both aimed at Bitcoin miners who haven't yet moved on to ASIC-based mining machines.

Both motherboards have a single PCI-Express x16...

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Sapphire is first to market with graphics cards specific ...

You may have read rumors that Nvidia is working on headless graphics cards for cryptocurrency miners. It makes sense, given how popular mining has become. However, it looks like Sapphire has beaten all others to the punch with a handful of AMD Radeon RX 470 and 560 cards built specifically for mining.

Sapphire is taking the bull by the horns here. As far as we can tell, it is the only company...

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