Mining Cards from NVIDIA & AMD
You’ve probably noticed the prices of GPUs skyrocketing due to the recent cryptocurrency mining craze. NVIDIA has since reacted to the demand and presented a new GPU specifically geared towards miners. This card will not have any Displayports and only has a three month warranty. The 90 day warranty is a major setback, but the price should more than compensate for the warranty period. This is their attempt to clear up shortages. The idea is to give miners an affordable price while steering the demand away from the consumer gaming market. The mining GPU version is focused around the GeForce GTX 1060 9Gbps model, and the price should be cheaper than the consumer grade version ($250).
There have also been reports of an AMD mining card version, namely the RX 470. Created by Biostar, the card is catered to the mining community. It features minimal displays and specific clocks/tunes for miners with limited warranty. These cards are not available to the consumer community. You can find them from resellers who have cancelled orders or leftover quantities.
The GP106-100 mining GPU will be available soon, and it should have higher ratings than the GTX 1060 consumer grade version. Some sites already have orders available for this GPU and data centers have already filled up with them. Hopefully this will clear the market and allow for NVIDIA to focus on gaming and high end graphics rather than cryptocurrency mining.
If you are not interested in mining cards but are in the marketing for an affordable graphics card, we have several GTX 1060s available here.