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Yes, the cryptocurrency mining fever continues and this means that getting a good GPU is a nightmare because every time there is stock available, it ends up in the hands of hoarders and resellers. However, in recent weeks an opportunity has opened to get one on the Internet, specifically a second-hand card whose price is not as high as resale, but is still far from the suggested price in the market. Unfortunately, this could end up not being an option, as one manufacturer warned.
Second-hand card sales could be a short-term problem
As part of a wave of second-hand GPU sales on the Internet, a representative from Palit Microsystems revealed to Benchmark.pl that the useful life of this hardware, in case it has been used for cryptocurrency mining, has been significantly compromised. In this sense, the company points out that a GPU used to mine, under the conditions in which it is currently done, represents a reduction in its performance of 10% per year of work.
GPUs used in mining work 24/7
Yes, it is true that all devices and hardware wear out over time and have a useful life, but in the case of GPUs used for cryptocurrency mining, this is accentuated as they are parts that work 24 hours a day. , 7 days a week under very hot conditions. Hence the warning for PC users interested in getting a high-end graphics card in second-hand sales, as it is most likely equipment that was used to mine and it will end up giving problems sooner than it should. it should with respect to its normal use.
In related news, the Asian market has become the main consumer of GPu for mining activity and this has led to a smuggling scene that seeks to satisfy the high demand for these products. Recently, Malaysian authorities destroyed $ 1.6 million worth of mining equipment.
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