This Huge Stash Of Radeon RX 6000 Cards For Cryptominers Will Make You Want To Scream
So, the video embedded below is sure to anger the millions of hardware gamers out there that fought tooth and nail to obtain a GeForce RTX 3080 or a Radeon RX 6800 XT. The video shows stacks upon stacks of boxed AMD graphics cards from various board partners in a stockroom. Slowing the video down, we spied Radeon RX 6700 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, and even Radeon RX 6900 XT cards neatly sealed in their retail packaging.
Unfortunately, these cards aren't being housed at a familiar retailer like Newegg or Best Buy. Instead, they were obtained by Cryptominers.bh, which operates retail locations in Bahrain and Dubai according to WCCFTech. However, Cryptominers.bh is an outfit specializing in providing hardware to cryptocurrency miners, which have long drawn the ire of enthusiasts that simply want a graphics card to use as intended -- to play games at high frame rates with the details levels cranked to the max.
Although we would have preferred that the board partners featured in the video -- Sapphire, Powercolor, XFX -- would shy away delivering scores of highly sought-after gaming cards to retail outlets dedicated to lining the coffers of Ethereum miners, money talks. And if Cryptominers.bh didn't get its massive haul direct from the manufacturers, we'd be interested in finding out who the middleman is that scored this enormous haul.
With that being said, it doesn't appear that the GPU shortage will get better any time soon. As we reported yesterday, prices for GeForce and Radeon graphics cards are on the rise again. And during NVIDIA's recent Q2 earnings call, CEO Jensen Huang stated that he expects the GPU shortage to unfortunately extend through 2022.