Retailers are Allegedly Offering GPU Discounts to Gamers
Recently, we reported on the fact that the rising interest in cryptocurrencies was driving up the price of GPUs. In response, Nvidia requested that retailers prioritize gamers over cryptocurrency miners. It appears that a few retailers are heeding Nvidia’s wishes and offering discounts for gamers seeking to buy GPUs.
In the United States, Micro Center is offering steep discounts for those who purchase bundles of PC components at once. The logic being that those buying several pieces of hardware at once are going to be using them to build their own computer rather than mine cryptocurrency.
The details of these offers aren’t completely clear and various customers are reporting different things. Some customers are claiming that they had to buy everything including hard drive and a power supply in order to receive any discount. Others, however, said that their bundles simply included a GPU, CPU, motherboard, and RAM.
There are also some reports that people were able to get discount simply by telling a customer service rep that the device was being bought for gaming rather than cryptocurrency mining. However, none of these reports have been confirmed and Micro Center’s website doesn’t currently list any deals or bundles.
Aside from Micro Center, other retailers are trying to ensure that GPUs go to gamers before cryptocurrency miners. Canada’s Memory Express has reportedly ceased online orders of GPUs and started selling them exclusively in-store to those seeking to build their own systems.
Ultimately, however, there’s only so much that retailers can do to combat the laws of supply and demand. The best solution to this problem will likely have to come from AMD and Nvidia themselves. Increasing production of GPUs could drive the price down, but that could take awhile. Another option would be for them to create miner-oriented cards which will be a bit cheaper than a standard GPU, but offer no display ports. This would make them ideal for cryptocurrency miners, but useless to games and might stabilize the market.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.