As you might know, mining for cryptocurrency requires the miner to own a rig with a fair amount of processing power, which is why in recent times we are seeing inflated prices of GPUs on the secondhand market, where sellers know that miners will need the hardware in order to mine for cryptocurrency.

This has also led to shortages in stores due to the amount of GPUs that certain miners are purchasing to create the mining rigs, so much so that apparently NVIDIA is encouraging retailers who sell their GPUs to sell to gamers and not to miners. However we say “encouraging” because NVIDIA can’t really control who the retailers sell to, plus it would be hard to keep track of whether or not a person is buying the GPUs for gaming/mining purposes.

When asked about the report, an NVIDIA spokesman Boris Böhles told ComputerBase (translated from German), “For NVIDIA, gamers come first. All activities related to our GeForce product line are targeted at our main audience. To ensure that GeForce gamers continue to have good GeForce graphics card availability in the current situation, we recommend that our trading partners make the appropriate arrangements to meet gamers’ needs as usual.”

Like we said it would be hard for the company to keep track of who their hardware is being sold to, which is why the company is also directly selling their GPUs to gamers via their website, where they limit the number of GPUs that can be bought by a single customer.

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