For example, large batches of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 video cards are sold for the equivalent of $336 to $450, with pricing dropping as low as $270 as potential buyers offered much less. Furthermore, there are also a lot of listings of gaming laptops that were used to mine coin.
Last month’s China’s crackdown on bitcoin has forced many mining farms to relocate from the Sichuan region where the ban was imposed or, if that was not possible, to quickly sell their equipment. GPU prices are in decline for at least two months, which means the sooner they sell those cards the more money they save.Whether it's a good idea to buy such a video card for gaming is unknown. Most of these cards will have operated 24/7 near peak mining operation, with overclocked memory and fans spinning at maximum. Temperature fluctuations on the other hand will have been minimal, which is beneficial versus typical home workloads, but it's still a bit of a gamble to buy one of these cards.