Bitcoin is volatile. Other cryptocurrencies, like Ethereum, rocket to the moon before chaotically tumbling back to Earth. Unstable prices, the lure of a waiting fortune, and good old FUD contribute to the rise in cryptocurrency mining.
Application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners led the first crypto-mining boom. Ethereum and Ethereum-based altcoins lead the second. And it is GPUs, not ASIC mining hardware, that is powering the second boom.
The regular graphics cards that we use to bring Skyrim and Rocket League into our lives are also powering the booming cryptocurrency market. As such, GPU prices (much like cryptocurrencies) are stratospheric right now.
But it isn’t all gloom. There are still some great GPUs out there that cryptocurrency miners aren’t using—meaning you can pick them up for a reasonable price. Let’s find out what they are read more.