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To Aid Gamers, Microcenter Offering Discounts on GPUs Purchased in Bundles

Category: Video Cards
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Last week there was news of NVIDIA making a suggestion to retailers to limit the sales of GPUs to two per customer, in an effort to deal with cryptocurrency miners purchasing GPUs as fast as possible. Miners buying up GPUs as quickly as they can find them not only reduces the supply available for gamers but also drives up prices, making some graphics cards hundreds of dollars more expensive than their suggested prices. In an effort to help gamers get the GPUs they want without breaking the bank, Micro Center has initiated a new policy. If you visit one of these stores and purchase multiple components for building a computer, the manager can grant a discount to a more reasonable price.

Hopefully more and better solutions to the high GPU prices and limited stock will come about soon, as cryptocurrency mining does not show signs of slowing yet.

Source: Polygon and Micro Center



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slick2500 on January 30, 2018 04:05
What ever happened with the miner cards that nvidia was supposed to release?
Guest_Jim_* on January 30, 2018 15:44

What ever happened with the miner cards that nvidia was supposed to release?

No idea, but was that NVIDIA or one of the hardware partners? Either way I don't think specialized miner cards have been produced yet, and it is hard to say when they will be or if they will help. NVIDIA already has a strategy of multiple chip designs, so it would be possible for them to do this. AMD, however, has been on a single-design strategy for quite awhile, in no small part because their R&D budget is so limited. That may change though, with Zen bringing in money and there is an Anandtech interview with Lisa Su where she acknowledges GPU bifurcation (separate gaming and compute products) is a strategy they can move on.

Right now things are so still unstable and nascent enough I doubt any company really has a good idea of the best and quickest move forward, so they are looking to more cautious strategies (and possibly also strategies to create or maintain broader compute opportunities). At least that is my speculation on it. Until then, I wonder if we will see something like buyers clubs form to take advantage of policies like Microcenters or parting out pre-builts. I want a GPU, you need a CPU, someone over there needs RAM, etc. order together for the discount and disperse the parts as ordered.

slick2500 on January 30, 2018 17:15
Guest_Jim_* on January 30, 2018 17:33

So that's ASUS not NVIDIA making it, but still I can't recall seeing it materialize. I found Ebay listings and some reviews, but I don't remember a launch for it. Being ASUS though, each one of them they make means one less GP106 GPU to use in a gaming card (GTX1060) as I doubt they are getting special chips for this. As there are no headers on it the cards might be cheaper to make, but without availability and good pricing compared to the GTX 1060, I doubt it would compete well. Plus miners are going after the AMD GPUs more strongly, so how tempting would GP106 be compared to Polaris and Vega, or the more powerful chips in the GTX 1070 and better? Basically I think that card is a good idea, but I question its placement in the market.

(One funny idea that crossed my mind though: Imagine if AMD leveraged Infinity Fabric to make a multi-GPU card specifically for mining?)

slick2500 on February 01, 2018 23:47
No it says Nvidia and it's board partners, the Asus one was supposed to be the first one available.

But I now see that Newegg has a limit of one on the high end desktop cards.
Guest_Jim_* on February 02, 2018 01:28

While the source describes it as NVIDIA launching the cards with AIB partners, ASUS is the only partner listed and ASUS was also launching a mining focused AMD RX 470. (Interestingly the Mining 470 is on Amazon while the P106 is not.) Just found the ASUS press release too from days before the CNBC article and it is for both cards.

I'm sorry but it reads to me like the CNBC story was jumping to a conclusion about NVIDIA being directly involved here. This opinion of mine is based on ASUS doing both NVIDIA and AMD mining cards, nothing in NVIDIA's newsroom about this, and that both cards look to be using the same GPU chip ASUS would get to make the gaming cards. Additionally the CNBC article is focusing more on the P106 card than the 470, and curiously it says AMD, NVIDIA, and ASUS have not officially announced the cards, yet the ASUS release from June 21 (CNBC article from June 27) explicitly is an announcement of the cards. I don't really want to be critical of the CNBC writer, but there are some oddities about that piece. Of course, CNBC might have had industries sources I do not. I am purely going but what I am reading in the CNBC article, ASUS's press release, and a search of NVIDIA's newsroom.

It looks to me like ASUS just decided to divert some of the shipment to these specialized cards, which might be something they could do with little input from either chip maker. If only they could get a special deal from either so they could make and sell these things cheaper, freeing up more gaming stock.

slick2500 on February 02, 2018 03:30

While the source describes it as NVIDIA launching the cards with AIB partners, ASUS is the only partner listed and ASUS was also launching a mining focused AMD RX 470. (Interestingly the Mining 470 is on Amazon while the P106 is not.) Just found the ASUS press release too from days before the CNBC article and it is for both cards.

I'm sorry but it reads to me like the CNBC story was jumping to a conclusion about NVIDIA being directly involved here. This opinion of mine is based on ASUS doing both NVIDIA and AMD mining cards, nothing in NVIDIA's newsroom about this, and that both cards look to be using the same GPU chip ASUS would get to make the gaming cards. Additionally the CNBC article is focusing more on the P106 card than the 470, and curiously it says AMD, NVIDIA, and ASUS have not officially announced the cards, yet the ASUS release from June 21 (CNBC article from June 27) explicitly is an announcement of the cards. I don't really want to be critical of the CNBC writer, but there are some oddities about that piece. Of course, CNBC might have had industries sources I do not. I am purely going but what I am reading in the CNBC article, ASUS's press release, and a search of NVIDIA's newsroom.

It looks to me like ASUS just decided to divert some of the shipment to these specialized cards, which might be something they could do with little input from either chip maker. If only they could get a special deal from either so they could make and sell these things cheaper, freeing up more gaming stock.

 

Ah I gotcha. Sounds like CNBC was just assuming that it was Nvidia and Amd behind it.

 

Has anyone noticed any other e-tailers putting a limit on cards? I haven't checked Amazon or anything else yet.


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