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Crypto crash a boon for gamers as graphics card prices plunge

Headwinds against coin mining boost availability of computer component

Graphics cards needed to play games on high-performance personal computers were in short supply because they were used for cryptocurrency mining. (Photo by Ella Don on Unsplash)

TOKYO -- The price for graphics cards -- a computer component crucial for data-intensive activities like gaming -- has dropped about 60% from a 2021 peak amid a slowdown in cryptocurrency mining.

An extensive array of graphics cards lined the shelves at Dospara, a computer parts store in the capital's Akihabara electronics district, in early December. Back in early 2021, those same shelves would have stood empty.

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