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Mining with a PNY graphics card will automatically void its warranty

Mining with a PNY graphics card will automatically void its warranty (Source: PNY)
Mining with a PNY graphics card will automatically void its warranty (Source: PNY)
Cryptocurrency miners may be ruining the warranties for gamers who are actually using the graphics cards for their original intended purposes.

With cryptocurrency on the rise this year, there will likely be an influx on new miners wanting to take advantage of the skyrocketing digital asset via personal graphics cards. While GPUs are not the most efficient for the task, some manufacturers are already beginning to take notice and have revised their respective warranty policies to reflect the trend.

PNY has joined Inno3D in explicitly excluding "miners, data mining, and mining farms" from the 36-month limited manufacturer warranty. The change was discreetly made in June of this year across all its GeForce 10 series of graphics cards. More recently, however, users have noticed an addendum added late last month that suggests an even tighter crackdown on cryptocurrency miners.

If taken at face value, the below statement could imply that PNY can deny warranty from any or all of its GeForce 10 customers simply due to the manufacturer's fear of cryptocurrency miners. The legal implications of such a drastic change, however, is certainly questionable.

For now, there is no guaranteed method for manufacturers to flag or even reliably recognize owners who have been using their GPUs for mining purposes. We suggest that readers should avoid mentioning mining if submitting warranty claims to PNY or any other GPU manufacturer or reseller for that matter.

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Snapshot of PNY warranty targeting cryptocurrency miners (Source: http://www.pny.eu/legal/warranty)
Snapshot of PNY warranty targeting cryptocurrency miners (Source: http://www.pny.eu/legal/warranty)

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Allen Ngo, 2017-12-26 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.