It's effecting more than just "gaming bros". I too am for a free market, I don't want it artificially steered for one group or another. I can however, see the writing on the wall. Nvidia will probably be able to handle weathering the storm as they only have their eggs in one basket and stand only to gain from GPU sales being stupid high. People are going to need cards one way or another and some will pay for it. So sure, AMD and Nvidia will make a lot on their cards, but AMD needs to sell actual PCs. Ryzen, and it's chipset, they spend lots of cash on hardware R&D on these as well as software devs to support those verticals..... They have so much riding on the success of these products and their sales together.
The extra cash brought in from GPU sales isn't going to save them from the loses of the other markets they are trying to compete in. Especially right in the middle of their largest release against Intel in a decade. Add RAM prices on top of it and people will just plain out not buy new computers. Beyond the gamer cards, even the lowest end crappy GPUs are priced at 200+% their original MSRP price. So it is very much a matter of making an impact with their products and getting people to buy into their platform NOW. If you have an AM4 motherboard right now, you will most likely hold onto it through the upgrade paths that will be available to you. You can easily pop in a Ryzen+ or Ryzen 2 CPU if you want, but if you waited out this cycle and never got a B350/x370 board because things were too pricey... Well then, when prices do come down after those releases are long gone, the Intel platform may make more sense instead and those future Ryzen+ and Ryzen 2 sales are lost. If you had got a year plus use and already owned the board, it might have been a different story.
The effect is not just felt immediately, it is felt a few years down the road unfortunately.
I'm not sure if this has been discussed previously, but do we know if the lifespan of GPUs will be affected by them having run 24x7 at full load in a mining rig for months? Particularly the ones that use smaller process nodes, due to migration? Would it be a significant risk to pick up GPUs with a mining provenance if one plans to keep such a GPU for 5 years or so?
Of course there is. Gaming GPU that has been working 24/7 for a year will have it's lifespan reduced. But it depends a lot on how well it was taken care of during it's mining days.
When I was mining years ago, I undervolted all of the cards and have cut power consumption dramatically. That reduced the impact of 24/7 operation.
You have to know how long has the card been mining and what condition the cooler is.
That said, I wouldn't get a ex-miner card without a hefty discount.
Yeah, if we ever see a mass exodus from the mining world then I'm hoping to see RX 580's going for somewhere around the $100 mark. I'm curious just how many physical RX 580/570 cards are there. When the market gets flooded with them I think I'll see if I can find a pack of them for somewhere like $300