On Thursday, an American technology company, Nvidia has announced its financial results which were remarkable. The company has revenues of $3.2 billion from January to April. But what’s the reason behind this profit?
Well, the value of ether and other cryptos recently soared up and created lots of demand for graphics cards – to mine them. Due to the upsurge in the demand, the price of few high-end graphics got doubled between the mid of 2017 to February 2018. It’s a matter of concern for the GPU makers of major graphics-card, as the most important market for them is eventually the gamers, not the miners.
The idea of graphics-card makers collecting hefty profits from the high prices, due to the mining demand doesn’t seem to be liked by the gamers. However, Nvidia accredited that cryptos have played an important role in boosting the financial outlook of the company.
What does Nvidia’s CFO have to say about it?
CFO of Nvidia, Colette Kress said:
“Cryptocurrency demand was again stronger than expected, but we were able to fulfil most of it with crypto-specific GPUs, which are included in our OEM business at $289 million.”
The $298 million figure is around 10% of the revenue of Nvidia and it seems like it lessens the cryptocurrency influence on the bottom line of Nvidia. If a customer buys a graphics card at retail, Nvidia won’t be able to know if it’s being used for mining, gaming or something else. The same story goes for the main graphics-card of a rival, AMD, which released first-quarter results a few weeks ago. According to AMD, the sales related to cryptocurrency accounted for almost 10% of total revenue, which could be again understating its influence on the profits of AMD.
It has been observed that the value of cryptocurrencies has been falling for the past few months. Also, the value of GPUs has also gotten a lot cheaper than it was before. AMD didn’t provide any specific projection for revenues related to blockchain in the second quarter, however, the spokesman of the company suggested that the rest of the year 2018, is going to be significantly below the first quarter sales.
If the price of cryptocurrencies still keeps dropping, it will end up in the form of awful results for the GPU makers. But if the price of cryptocurrencies falls really low, it’s clear that we won’t only see miners halting to buy new GPUs but, we would also see them selling the graphic-cards that they already had on the secondary market. The resulting graphics card surplus could exhort the value of graphics-card below MSRP — MSRP would be good news for gamers though it might be bad news for the companies that are trying to sell new GPUs.
The president of AMD, Lisa Su said that she wasn’t really anxious about the scenario.
“There are multiple currencies being used — People who are mining do go from one currency to another depending on what’s happening.”
She also added that customers can buy graphics-cards for both purposes; gaming and mining. They will be able to hold onto the graphics-card for the gaming purposes — in the case of mining becoming unprofitable. On the other hand, this analysis seems to be debatable. There’s no doubt that there are profusions of cryptos, but at the same time, there are some of them which are economically significant.
Ethereum’s ether is the most important and significant GPU-mineable so far, and the prices of cryptocurrency are strongly linked to it. So, if the value of ether drops, there’s a possibility that the value of other cryptocurrencies might also fall with it. There are many people who want to buy graphics-card for various applications, and there are a lot of those as well that have many of them (graphics-card). These individuals might hold onto one or two cards for the gaming purpose, however, if the price of cryptocurrencies falls quite low, lots of those cards will end up in the used GPU market. This will also make it hard for both AMD and Nvidia in selling their new cards.