After two years of profitable cryptocurrency mining, the market has finally crashed. The last few months have been an explosion for cryptocurrency miners as the market has plummeted massively. Graphics card prices are returning to normal along with their availability after years of inflated MSRPs and unavailability. For gamers, this has been a thing to rejoice for. 

The cryptocurrency mining crash also means that there will be a lot of mined GPUs in the market sold by the miners. This is the case as the market has started flooding with used GPUs. In China, you can get a used Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti for about $300 to $350 in auctions on live streams.

While the MSRP for GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is indeed $400, realistically, the card is still going for about $500 to $550 in the market, considering that $300 certainly seems to be a great deal. 

Though, there are various misconceptions regarding mined graphics cards, the biggest of which is their short life. Usually, mined cards are undervolted and kept under ideal conditions by providing air conditioning and proper cooling. Therefore the temperatures of the GPUs are usually maintained.

On the other side, in gaming, we use graphics cards on the max load while gaming or sometimes even at high volts while Overclocking to squeeze a few more FPS out of it, and there might not even be proper cooling in closed cases.

However, it should be noted that whenever you buy a used GPU, whether it is mined or gamed on, check it thoroughly. This includes checking the condition, and temperatures, which can be done using various benchmarks. You should also run multiple games for artifacts or request the seller provide gameplay videos before finalizing the purchase. However, this might not be the case if you buy graphics cards in bulk quantity.

While the GPUs might be nearing MSRPs, used cards aren’t a bad option if checked properly. I would instead buy a used mining card that was undervolted and running in an open case & cool environment Vs. from a gamer that had it overclocked to the max with extra voltage & in a case with little airflow.

But the decision is up to you decide to whether to buy a GPU right now as the latest offerings from both Nvidia and AMD are right around the corner namely GeForce RTX 40 Series and Radeon RX 7000 Series, respectively and they are expected to sell at their MSRPs.

Do you guys prefer to buy new cards, or are comfortable with a used card? Let us know in the comments.

More exciting news: GeForce RTX 40 Series Will Reportedly Have Higher MSRPs Than RTX 30 Series

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Abdullah Waseem
News Reporter Abdullah is an avid gamer who primarily plays single-player titles. If you can't find him anywhere, he'll probably be at his desk playing The Witcher 3 for the millionth time. When he isn't playing games, he's either reading or writing about them.