The computer hardware manufacturer Zotac angered a loyal gaming customer base on February 16 thereafter posted a tweet apparently promoting its new Nvidia 30 series graphics cards for cryptocurrency miners.
The publication Zotac showed a bunch of what appeared to be GeForce RTX 3070 White Edition GPUtogether with the legend: “An army of ZOTAC GAMING GPUs hungry for coins!”.
An army of GPUs from #ZOTACGAMING hungry for coins!
The availability of Nvidia 30-series graphics cards fell early in the new year while their costs skyrocketed.. End of December 2020 Ether (ETH) miners could earn $ 12,000 a month by combining 78 RTX 3080 GPUs from Nvidia (depending on electricity costs). Since then, potential mining revenues have more than doubled, after the value of ether rose 140% since then.
Not all Zotac followers on Twitter were happy with the obvious attempt to advertise cryptocurrency miners.. One user answered::
“It’s a shame they aren’t in the hands of all gamers and PC enthusiasts … Especially the white limited edition that miners don’t care about.”
Another user, MWausE, tried to convince Nvidia to stop shipping GPUs to Zotac if they weren’t going to be sold to gamers. they they write::
“Dear @NVIDIAGeForce @nvidia, could you please stop providing Zotac with new GPUs? They are clearly not interested in selling them to loyal players. “
The lack of high-end graphics cards amid a renewed boom in cryptocurrencies made the cost of The cards in Nvidia’s 30 series will almost double since launchfrom $ 699 in September to around $ 1,300 at press time.
Even the laptops with the 30 series GPU were bought by Ethereum miners in China. who built mining operations from stacks of connected laptops.
In January, the CFO of Nvidia, Colette Kress, assured the players that they would continue to be the focus of the company’s attention and claimed that the current shortage was the result of increased demand only from gamers.