GPU Pricing – Don’t Buy Now?

What? Don’t buy a GPU now? Yes, for cereal… don’t do it. I want to point out that even used GPUs are selling for above MSRP still and if you buy I think you’ll just be feeding the ridiculous pricing. Now, not all the GPUs are overpriced, there are still some deals to be had. I know back in 2015/2016 my R9 390 went for a hair over $300, so if you can find a NEW RX580 for close to that, go for it. You’re not going to get hurt on that deal especially since the memory pricing is so whacked out right now. MSRP is probably a distant memory for any GPU now…

Mining Super Stars

On that note, let’s take a look at the powerhouses of Crypto mining and gaming performance – The GTX 1080,1080 Ti, and the Vega 56/64. Right now we can still see that the 1080 and 1080 Ti versions are selling for one metric ton of cash… and for little reason as far as I can tell. Mining performance to price on these puts them on par with not only the Vega GPUs, but the 1070/1070 Ti as well. The Vega cards may be a stretch given the higher power draw, but even with that disparity they manage a 14% improvement in hash rate on Ethash with about a 30% increase in power usage. I’m basing these number off of whattomine.com, but I believe they are very close to what you get in actuality. Now let’s couple this with a nearly $400 price difference between the Vega 56 and $300 between the Vega 64 and we have a pretty clear path to take for miners. On the gaming front, the 1080 Ti blows the Vega out of the water… like, it’s not even close. Maybe that’s worth $400 additional?

Underdogs

A lot of us already know that you may not want to use, or be able to afford/find, the biggest and baddest GPU out there to mine with. That brings us to the GTX 1070, 1060, RX 580, and RX 570. These all offer quite possibly the best bang for the buck at the time this is being written. Each of these offer excellent price to performance for mining, but some of the pricing is still a bit weird at the moment… why is the RX570 more than the RX580?

For the gamer, you can’t go wrong with any of these, with the exception of the RX570. They all do 1080 gaming awesome, and the Nvidia cards will outdo the AMD cards handily when faced with some higher resolutions. They also go for a fair bit more than the AMD cards as well…

For the miner, the decisions is more difficult. The 1070 and 1070 Ti are going for MSRP again, but they still it about $200-$300, respectively, more than their AMD counterparts with equivalent hashing power. Not only that, the AMD cards are more versatile by offering a very good hash rate on Crpytonight algorigthm alt coins. That will definitely afford you some flexibility and profits when mining, even with the increased power draw of the AMD cards.

You can’t go wrong with either, but generating some extra cash with a cheaper AMD card does sound appealing…