Sorry, but it’s still not a great time to buy a graphics card

You’d be forgiven for thinking now would be a great time to treat yourself to a new graphics card. Ethereum mining has finally gone the way of the dodo, meaning that the second-hand market should be buoyant, and prices for new cards are approaching reasonable levels too. So all good news for once? Hold that thought.

The end of GPU mining (opens in new tab) should in theory mean that eBay and the like will be flooded with cards. There’s little sign of that really happening though, and you’ll need to be a bit of a gambler to drop serious money on them anyway. You simply don’t know what you’re going to be getting—it isn’t like you can check out a few pictures of the card you’re buying and know that it’s going to be just fine.

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