Since DX10 times, GPU's are all now GPGPU's. We're probably not going back. The hardware wasn't designed for "mining", but it happens to be good for it(and other stuff as well). GPU = General Processing Unit I think gaming cards are to nvidia what typewriters were to IBM in the 1960's. Nvidia seems more interested in AI than games, and I'm sure they smell the money in it. They do have server CPU's for a reason, and it's not to prevent people from gobbling up all the desktop CPU's. They have different features to fill a different role, but desktop CPU's can still run the same software. They do have Quadro, Tesla, and FirePro, but Geforce and Radeon can still run the same software. See the problem? They DO have dedicated mining hardware. When a new coin comes along I think it's faster/easier to start making money using existing GPGPU's, rather than designing a new ASIC or FPGA powered device. At some point bitcoin mining shifted to ASIC's instead of GPU's. The same thing will probably happen with any cryptocurrency that lasts long enough to be worth investing the time/money to produce the ASIC's. I think Chinese government has their own agenda(like this and this) in fining RAM manufacturers not related to price fixing - it's not about making your iphone cheaper out of the goodness of their hearts. I see the mining demand as just market forces at work. Demand goes up, prices rise - classic! Nvidia's shareholders aren't in it to give me the cheapest gaming experience possible and just break even. I don't see this kind of action bringing prices down anyway, and it might do the opposite. I'll be as happy as everyone else if prices come back down, but I don't blame the GPU manufacturers or the miners for trying to take advantage of a new opportunity.