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Here’s why you can’t buy a high-end graphics card at Best Buy

Ars Technica - January 18, 2018 - 9:35pm

Enlarge / Philadelphia miner Matthew Freilich shared this picture of his mining rig, which contains eight Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics cards. (credit: Matthew Freilich)

The market for high-end graphics cards used to work like the market for almost any other piece of computer gear. You'd go to your local electronics store, pick one up off the shelf, and pay an amount right around the manufacturer's suggested retail price.

But the rise of cryptocurrency mining has created an unprecedented global shortage of graphics cards. If you go to your local retailer, you're likely to find bare shelves where the beefier cards used to be. Instead of trading at a discount, used cards routinely sell for well above MSRP on sites like eBay and Craigslist.

And it's driving PC gamers—who used to be the primary market for these cards—crazy.

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Truck buyers not as brand loyal as you'd think, study says - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2018 - 9:35pm
The decline in the number of country songs about specific pickup brands is finally explained.

'Awesome' Nokia phone or home device launching Feb. 25 - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 9:28pm
A tweet teases something "awesome", but it's the official invite that lays on the hints.

NSA surveillance programs renewed by Senate - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 9:10pm
Edward Snowden first revealed the programs, called Upstream and Prism, in 2013.

After CES 2018, how close are we to the Jetsons? - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 9:03pm
With automated homes and consumer-ready robots on the rise, are we ready and able to finally bring the future into the present?

Dealmaster: Get a (refurbished) Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa for $30

Ars Technica - January 18, 2018 - 9:00pm

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list features a slew of deals on laptops from Dell, Lenovo, and Asus, including an Asus model that comes with an 8th-gen Core i5 chip, 1080p display, 8GB of RAM, and a USB-C port for $500. Beyond the PC, we've also got an Amazon-certified refurbished version of Amazon's latest Fire TV Stick for $30, which is $10 off its non-refurbished going rate.

The rest of the discount smorgasbord covers Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro, various 4K TVs, and the usual array of smart home gear. You can take a look for yourself below.

(credit: TechBargains)

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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Amazon HQ2 could be coming to your city soon (The 3:59, Ep. 341) - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 8:53pm
The e-commerce titan reveals its shortlist of 20 candidate cities for its next major campus.

Samsung is now mass-manufacturing GDDR6 memory for your next GPU

Ars Technica - January 18, 2018 - 8:50pm

Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton)

For the first time, Samsung is manufacturing GDDR6 memory in mass quantities. The memory is faster and more efficient than the GDDR5 memory it succeeds, and it will likely appear on PC graphics cards this year.

Samsung's GDDR6 memory is based on the company's 10-nanometer technology and offers double the density of the company's 20-nanometer GDDR5 offerings, meaning 16 gigabits instead of eight gigabits. The company promises an 18Gbps pin speed and transfer rates of up to 72GB/s. Further, the new chips will run at 1.35V. The GDDR5 predecessor has a pin speed of 9Gbps and runs at 1.55V.

The result should be significantly faster video cards for gaming and other tasks like video processing and Ethereum mining, if you're into that sort of thing. Samsung's press release says that "immediate production of GDDR6 will play a critical role in early launches of next-generation graphics cards and systems." The GDDR6 chips Samsung is producing will generally edge out what we're currently seeing in GDDR5X in terms of performance.

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Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

The Register - January 18, 2018 - 8:27pm
Bezos narrows down search for new base to 20 cities, mostly on East Coast

Amazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada.…

2018 Hyundai Kona achieves competitive 30 mpg combined - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2018 - 8:09pm
All-wheel drive drops that figure to 27.

Tim Cook: People didn't pay attention to iPhone battery update - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 8:05pm
Commentary: In an interview with ABC News, Apple's CEO concedes the company could have been clearer in communicating what it was doing to their phones.

Razer Project Linda Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - January 18, 2018 - 7:45pm
Project Linda is this year's high-concept CES 2018 prototype, dropping a Razer Phone into a Razer Blade Stealth.

Get a Martian mVoice smartwatch with Alexa for $68 - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 7:36pm
Forget Alexa, though -- she's not really the main attraction. A stylish watch and customizable notifications are. Plus: Learn how to start a side-hustle biz for $26.

Feds charge Barclays trader with fraud in Hewlett-Packard deal

The Register - January 18, 2018 - 7:07pm
Forex head alleged to have manipulated market in 'front-running' scheme

The former head of foreign currency exchanges at Barclays New York has been charged in the US with devising and executing a "scheme to defraud HP of money and property", according to an indictment entered yesterday.…

The mirrors at CES had a lot to say about your life and looks - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 7:05pm
At this year's tech show in Las Vegas, companies showed off mirrors that analyze your skin, organize your wardrobe and more.

Smart mirrors, smart mirrors at CES, which ones did we like the best? - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 7:01pm
We saw internet-connected mirrors that analyze your skin, organize your wardrobe and more at this year's tech show. Here are the ones that caught our eye.

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