With the ups and downs of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin now part of the zeitgeist; notable trends are starting to happen. The software is being probed more and more for weaknesses (such as the recent Mt.Gox issues), and the prices of scrypt mining hardware such as AMD GPUs are going through the roof in the US, at one point hitting $900 for an R9 290X, but quickly dropping to $700 – still well above the MSRP at launch. We have reported on motherboards from ASRock and Biostar being released specifically for coin mining, probing the market to test for volume. Many system integrators (like SCAN or OCUK in the UK) will also sell you a fully built system designed...

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