For the past few years and most likely till 2023, it will be very hard for the consumer market to get GPUs due to cryptocurrency mining operations and chip shortages, unless you are willing to pay for abnormal hiking prices above the market, demand and supply law applied.
Cryptocurrency’s ongoing process from unofficial to official ban in some countries, make a strong sell pressure for existing hardware in crypto miner hand. Digital tokens and crypto crackdown will be the new chapter of new reality where most likely will happen in mighty countries and the rest follow, with the mindset of can not control and regulate it, ban it.
Make use of GPUs for cryptocurrency mining for handling highly computing intensive processes, if the trend goes, will decline due to more and more countries banning the cryptocurrency. For those who are willing to take used products, it starts to reflect in most of the used market price. For the new GPU cards, since the market is there, and due to chip shortages, it continues to be the situation under supply conditions, in which the price will remain high and premium rate is required to pay for it.
While the open PC market encounters GPU shortages, this is why you will see some manufacturers start to market a full hardware exclude GPU basis. On the other hand, we notice that Apple continues to enjoy market pick up for their new unified memory based, or called as M1 chip based computer, from desktop to laptop. GPU core is integrated into the memory, and it under single monopoly source of supply, so despite Apple hardware always been market in premium, but people willing to pay for it, instead of pay for 2-3 times more for the GPU used in the open PC.
Unless it for very specific use case or application must be run in Intel based chip set, else the rest of use case Apple Arm based chip set can handle, it is very appeal for market shift, since two to three years is what industry expect for the GPU market will back to normal rate, no one know whether it is the case or not. This is why Apple is continuing to ship more units as more products are migrated over to the Arm based platform in the market.
System on a Chip (SoC) are the new trends, and the breakthrough approach eliminates a lot of dependency, as in comparison with the open PC market, GPU alone has become 2/3 or more in overall price. System on a Chip (SoC) and Unified Memory will become a new hardware and system design, you can see more and more systems not just used on smartphones, but start to take over the traditional computer hardware market. The change will provide new opportunities and threats to existing and new players in the said market. This is what the market may need to observe and make the decision where the shift will impact on your operations.
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