Cryptocurrency mining in South Africa is gaining popularity, with an increasing number of users earning the likes of Ethereum and ZCash.
The most popular graphics cards among miners are AMD’s Radeon RX cards and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series units, as these offer the best price-to-performance ratio.
This has resulted in a global shortage of GPUs due to the increased demand from miners, forcing manufacturers to respond by creating cards designed specifically for crypto mining.
Manufacturers like Asus, Gigabyte, and Sapphire have designed new cards with a focus on power efficiency and mining performance, with enhanced cooler designs.
MyBroadband spoke to South African retailers to determine whether these cards would be available in South Africa and when they will arrive.
Wootware’s Rory Magee said there was no confirmed local release date or pricing for the graphics cards in South Africa.
However, manufacturers such as Asus are reportedly interested in bringing the mining-focused units to the country.
Wootware said it will definitely sell the cards if they become available from suppliers.
Raru said it was waiting for more information regarding the new cards, but has listed Sapphire’s Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition cards on its online store.
Gigabyte will reportedly not release its Nvidia mining graphics cards in South Africa and it is unclear whether any Nvidia mining graphics cards will launch locally.
Gigabyte’s new Nvidia cards will currently only launch in Western Europe, China, and Russia.
Evetech said it did not have any information regarding the pricing or launch date of crypto mining cards in SA.