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Why You Should Sell Your Used GPUs
Reasons to sell GPUs: if your current GPU isn’t good enough for your needs, if a new GPU would offer significantly better processing power that you can directly and noticeably benefit from, and if the market price for your current GPU is worth the effort of you selling.
We’ll explore each of these briefly here, and if you deteremine you want to sell your GPU you can find out more in-depth about how to sell your GPU here.
Graphics cards or GPUs are a hot commodity these days, but the market is constantly changing.
Should you Sell your used GPU?
As with anything, the first step to selling your GPUs appropriately is making sure you should be selling them at all.
As we described in an earlier article about what GPUs are the best for cryptocurrency mining, it might be a good time to wait to buy a new graphics card if you haven’t already purchased a new GPU.
Related: how and why to sell your used CPU.
Nvidia has a talk coming up during the Hot Chips conference in August that should shed some light on the next generation of graphics cards. Nvidia has recently had some hiccups with inventory management and had their CEO say that the next generation of cards will still be awhile, but multiple sources have now confirmed that the next generation of cards is on their way during 2018.
Even if you don’t need the next generation of graphics cards, once the new generation comes out it will likely make the current generation of cards noticeably cheaper.
How Good of a GPU do you Need?
This is really about knowing what you need it for now and in the future. The better your graphics card is now the more it will be future proofed, no matter what your needs. Keep in mind that most people do not need to worry about this, as the average consumer will never max out even a middle of the line graphics card.
The people who are most in danger of maxing out their graphics cards are gamers, cryptocurrency miners, and content creators. It is also easiest to replace just a GPU if you own a desktop PC, as with laptops of all types and any Mac it is not easy to replace a GPU.
Related: best places to sell used computer parts.
Verify Your GPU is your Bottleneck
If you are having performance issues with your computer it is important to verify where the bottleneck is and confirm it is your GPU first. If you have a desktop PC this is easy enough, just open whatever makes your computer max out and have issues and open Windows task manager:
As you can see, it isn’t hard for me to max out my GPU on my laptop, but it is generally hard to replace GPUs on laptops. Programs from the Adobe’s Creative Cloud and other similar programs will tend to use your computer to its fullest if your computer has compatible hardware.
If you fit into one (or more) of these groups then it is definitely worth waiting until August to see what news Nvidia has about their new generation of GPUs, as it will undoubtedly affect the prices of current GPUs and potentially mean new, much more powerful GPUs are on the market.
Use Market Timing and Strategic Planning to Save Money
The 8th generation of Intel Processors is far better than the 7th, and the next generation of GPUs is just about to be released from Nvidia which appear to also be a big step up. If you wait to get a new computer that has both of these you’ll be setting yourself up to have a relevant computer for a much longer time.
If you are a content creator, cryptocurrency miner or gamer hold out until the next generation to buy your next computer. Even if you aren’t but you’re going to buy more than a bottom of the line computer, it is time to wait. Even if you opt not to get a computer with the new processors or GPUs, there will be a lot of old stock they need to get rid of that will presumably be heavily marked down.
However, with the upcoming increases in capacity being around 50% (or maybe even more) it’s more worth the investment for future proofing if you’re already in the market!
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