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Project Progress Stalled by Cryptocurrency Miners

A project log for Luggable PC Mark II

A PC chassis built around a 24" monitor and standard compact PC components, designed to be carried ("lugged") around.

RogerRoger 02/05/2018 at 19:461 Comment

A core feature of the Luggable PC is the ability to build a high-end portable machine around a high-end GPU without paying the price premium of a gamer laptop. Unfortunately, due to demand by cryptocurrency miners, prices for discrete GPUs has been distorted for the past several months.

With outrageously expensive discrete GPUs, the price advantage of building a Luggable PC has disappeared. The original plan for this project was to upgrade from this old AMD R9 380 to something modern, verify everything still works, before proceeding. All we have to do is wait out the cryptocurrency craze and we're still waiting.

The R9 380 is roughly comparable to a modern GTX 1060. Laptops with integrated 1060 mobile GPU now cost roughly similar to a Luggable PC with similar specs thanks to inflated GPU prices. If there's an urgent need for a  machine with a decent GPU, it now makes more financial sense to buy a gamer laptop.

This craze, in time, will pass. It's a matter of patience waiting for the bubble to burst.

In the meantime our  Luggable PC still has the advantage of a far larger screen.

Discussions

bald engineer wrote 02/05/2018 at 20:22 point

Who knew crypto currency could create so much dead weight! Am I right? Just Kidding. It is a bummer that cost advantage has taken a hit because of GPU prices.  Seems like your luggable PC has some other advantages over a gaming laptop even if they are price comparable. When I saw it at Supercon, I saw it as an interesting way to be build an all-in-one. Perhaps even a unique Hackintosh.

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