AMD tells CNBC the “newly resurgent cryptocurrency mining markets” are driving demand for its graphics cards.
Computer hardware retailers including Newegg, Best Buy and Amazon are sold out of most AMD RX 570 and RX 580 graphics card models as of midday Monday.
There may be another way for investors to play the Bitcoin and the surging cryptocurrency trend.
The dramatic jump in digital currency prices this year is driving demand for AMD graphics cards, according to the company.
“The gaming market remains our priority. We are seeing solid demand for our Polaris-based offerings in the gaming and newly resurgent cryptocurrency mining markets based on the strong performance we are delivering,” an AMD spokesperson wrote in an email to CNBC.
Ethereum cryptocurrency is up over 2,800 percent year-to-date through Sunday, while Bitcoin is up about 160 percent this year, according to data from industry website CoinDesk.
Cryptocurrency miners use graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia to “mine” new coins, which can then be sold or held for future appreciation. AMD traditionally has a better reputation for mining cryptocurrencies.
Computer hardware retailers including Newegg, Best Buy and Amazon are sold out of most AMD RX 570 and RX 580 graphics card models as of midday Monday. AMD launched the RX 500 series of graphics cards on April 18.
This isn’t the first time the cryptocurrency craze has led to graphic card shortages.