Nvidia has appealed to PC retailers to prioritise gamers over cryptocurrency miners.
Here is a look at the technology behind Bitcoin and Ethereum and some ways their communities plan to address their respective problems this year.
We listed the best graphics cards for cryptocurrency mining in 2017, ranked by payback period.
Luno recently told MyBroadband it was trading over 700 Bitcoin per day during November.
Ethereum is the second-largest cryptocurrency in the world, according to market capitalisation, and can be mined using consumer graphics cards.
AMD recently launched its Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, with online stores in South Africa listing limited stock of the GPUs.
The price of Bitcoin has broken through the $4,000 mark, reaching $4,200 on 13 August.
As PC gamers in South Africa are aware, cryptocurrency miners around the world are buying top-end graphics cards, causing a global shortage.
Sapphire’s Radeon RX 470 crypto-mining graphics cards have been listed on Raru.
AMD’s Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 graphics cards are in high demand globally and are almost impossible to find in South Africa.
As Ethereum grows in value, more users are interested in getting involved with the platform.
BitMart CEO Jacques Serfontein told MyBroadband that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are becoming increasingly popular in South Africa.