1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Analyst says Nvidia lied about its cryptocurrency earnings to avoid stock crash

By mongeese · 37 replies
Feb 2, 2019
Post New Reply
  1. Nvidia has been hit hard by the cryptocurrency crash, possibly worse than any other company. In November their stock dropped 19%, in December it plummeted 50%, all because of excess inventory of the Pascal cards they produced to satisfy miners.

    Presently their stock is about 50% down than it was only a few months ago, when it peaked at $292.76 during September 2018, so while the stock is holding on and bounced back a bit during January, the steep falls are a strong incentive for Nvidia to mask large fluctuations in revenue.

    According to Steves, measuring the hash rate and calculating the volume of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies mined from April 2017 to July 2018 reveals that roughly $2.75 billion should have been generated in sales. Nvidia should have captured about three-quarters of that, with AMD getting the rest.

    AMD’s earnings forecast, released last Tuesday, backs up this idea. They expect revenue of $1.25 billion, 24% lower than this time last year. Nvidia’s forecast was $2.7 billion, but they recently dropped it to $2.2 billion prompting their most recent stock price troubles. Admittedly, it would be surprising to see Nvidia miss revenue expectations for a single quarter by $500 million because of the crypto hangover, when crypto sales only generated $600 million to begin with.

    Steves hasn’t suggested exactly how Nvidia is masking its revenue, which is something of a linchpin. While they obviously cannot lie to shareholders’ faces, it might be possible to conceal the revenue by quickly funneling it into other projects or having third parties, such as OEMs, pay for the GPU boards over a longer period.

    If Nvidia did conceal their total revenue then that does bode badly for future profits, as the non-crypto market would be substantially smaller than is currently believed. Of course, this is a very bold claim, so entertain it more as an interesting possibility than a likelihood.

    Permalink to story.

    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019
  2. R00sT3R

    R00sT3R TS Guru Posts: 173   +358

    If it leads to their snake oil salesman CEO getting his marching orders from the shareholders then that would be great...but with billions in his bank account, it would be a somewhat pyrrhic victory.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,667   +4,020

    Lock him up, lock him up, lock him up!!!
    MaitieS likes this.
  4. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 531   +472

    Well, cryptocurrencies are the form of Ponzi scheme, that governments are reluctant to regulate. Until they do, it will wreck havoc on everybody's life (We all use computers after all?). When It comes to nVidia and AMD, They couldn't go any other way, because They are kinda greedy in nature - They have to report better and better quarterly reports to Their investors to stay afloat. Non of Them would say "introduce some firmware/hardware tricks to make consumer cards counting of hashes impossible".
    Now, nGreedia is on a sleepery slope, cause being an "industry leader" (defacto monopolist), They overcharge consumers for Their own mistake. And consumers come to realisation that They are getting no bonus from new generation of product from Jenny. And none have lived happily ever after... End of story.
    MaitieS and JaredTheDragon like this.
  5. CaptainTom

    CaptainTom TS Maniac Posts: 405   +216

    I mean yes, I believe it was Coreteks or AdoredTV that spent 5 min breaking down how Nvidia had clearly lied to its shareholders. They said "there is a fortnight boom! Pascal is the most popular series in gaming history!!!" When in reality half of them (or more!) were going to miners, and when it slowed down they put a gun up to vendors heads to take the extra stock.

    Even worse is that their deranged plan to overcharge for RTX in order to promote Pascal further has massively backfired - people think the RTX series is stupid, and they will at least until the next generation. The entire Nvidia midrange is a joke too now considering you can buy dozens of different post-mining cards on eBay for half the price of Nvidia's laughably overpriced 1060's that will maybe never go away.
  6. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +208

    I've always thought Nvidia's business practices were criminal and devoid of ethics.
    Nobina, wiyosaya, MaitieS and 4 others like this.
  7. XtremeHammond

    XtremeHammond TS Booster Posts: 98   +67

    This is a great chance for AMD to push and bring back the competition back to the market.
    Although, looking on their Radeon VII I can tell that they plan to match with established price range :)
    MaitieS likes this.
  8. Andy Wilson

    Andy Wilson TS Rookie

    I agree Nvidia has messed up with rtx big time
    MaitieS likes this.
  9. godrilla

    godrilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 92   +47

    The prices of RTX and GPP are probably Nvidias solution to the revenue loss. I wonder if the current freesync support is some plot to distract the public. At least gamers got freesync support out of all this but enthusiast end up paying more to help Nvidia mitigate their losses.
    $1600 lightning 2080ti anyone?
  10. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +3,764

    Purchased two RX 580s for $100 as christmas presents. It really is amazing the difference in price between the mid range and high end.

    Otherwise this current fiasco is one in a long line. Nvidia got caught lying, again. No surprise and it won't be the last time.
    wiyosaya, Stark and JaredTheDragon like this.
  11. krizby

    krizby TS Enthusiast Posts: 87   +42

    Lol If anything AMD had already experienced the crypto crash before with their HD 7970 and r9 290/290x so they were a little more cautious this time around. Hopefully Nvidia learn their lesson this time.
    Dimitrios likes this.
  12. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 524   +393

    Well this explains why he snapped and talked $hit about AMD recently. I'm not saying AMD is perfect but as the tech years go by AMD seems to be the most honest underdog that doesn't lie/cheat. Yes before Lisa Su AMD PR were over promising some of their products.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2019
    Stark and Evernessince like this.
  13. Freedom Now

    Freedom Now TS Rookie

    The problem with making these assertions is that you are ignoring the fact that Nvidia did not take 75% of the market. If you look at the average selling price during the craze you will see that AMD cards were inflated more. Just like you can see now the price of AMD cards are well below MSRP. The price of the 1060 are not even discounted. You would think that if the assertions were true the price of the 1060 would be on the floor. Anyone who did mining knows that the AMD cards actually we're better simply because they have raw horsepower. They may not out perform in games but mining needs more raw horsepower in which they excelled. Nvidia gained more gaming market share according to 3rd parties. They can't gain in gaming if they were also supplying crypto. The supply is not great enough. My feeling is that people stopped buying cards because a 1060 can play all games well. Why would you upgrade? This is why NVDA invented RTX, to have something new versus just more fps. This is a short term problem that unfortunately AMD is now even further behind then most people know. If anything AMD is lying now and the truth will catch up eventually.
    systemBuilder and ZackL04 like this.
  14. Gus Fring

    Gus Fring TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Actually it goes even further , the crypto algos were not implemented on NV cards till quite late in the day . Ppl liked them becoz they were more economical in power. AND BITMAIN AND OTHER asics had a biggish share. I believe they were forced to bring out the RTX early, simply to improve their revenue figures and before ray tracing performance was acceptable.
    The gov should ban any game that cannot be played on a gtx1050ti at 50FPS.. it will stop most of this upgrading wastage ... You all agree , yes?
  15. CaptainTom

    CaptainTom TS Maniac Posts: 405   +216

    Yeah we will see. If you ask me it looks like the VII will barely lose to the 2080 in 1080p, tie in 1440p, and win in 4K. It will also come with an enormous amount of compute and VRAM for non-gaming (and gaming) tasks, and an excellent set of free games. That imo makes the VII a very worthy competitor to the 2080, and much better than what V64 was vs the 1080/1080 Ti.

    What will be interesting is:

    1) If the VII responds as well to overclocking (or better) than V64. If this happens the VII will actually come somewhat close to the 2080 Ti after a good overclock (2080 basically gets nothing from overclocking).

    2) How well the VII performs in 5K and even 8K gaming. Almost no one plays at these resolutions, but it would be fascinating if VII's extreme bandwidth allowed it to be an ok 5K@60Hz gaming card.
  16. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 179   +242

    Got an R9 290 for $200 after that boom went bust. Best value I've ever gotten out of a video card, LOL.
  17. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +3,764

    AMD's marketing before Lisa was terrible. I'm happy she's curtailed it back.
    Yeah, Nvidia cards didn't start getting bought up until after the price of RX 580s shot up to $500 and higher. Nvidia only saw good crypto sales during the last 3rd of the boom.

    I'm just happy Vega VII is releasing close to the RTX series and not a year late. If it ends up matching the 2080 and comes with the free games I'd give it a slight edge. 16GB of VRAM and that extra compute horsepower likely mean that it will perform better down the road as well. Devs have slowly been adding more compute based effect into games. Previous gen Vega cards were great to tweak and you could see some very nice gains by undervolting and overclocking. Vega VII we will have to wait and see.
    psycros likes this.
  18. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 560   +276


    U guys are fogetting the point that amd has no product to fight against a rtx card, so, nvidia can and should charge more. Why? Because not only are they more powerful than a Vega 64, they have more advanced features on top.

    If AMD lowered their prices NVidia would too. Remove the brand names from all the cards and just focus on performance teirs and the pricing would line right up with what we have been paying for years.

    The new 2060 is $350 and faster than a vega 56. A reference vega 56 is $299+, so why cant a 2060 be $350? Though the xx60 seems to be increasing in price....its not. Remember how much a 660 and 66ti were??
  19. Corneille

    Corneille TS Rookie

    Until financial analysts exist the planet in danger. They do enough huge mistake in recent past and media still give echo to their BS???? This is just a Insanity
  20. Tonkan

    Tonkan TS Rookie

    Nvidia ceo should be arrest for making a big dishonest clam and lie
  21. timljh

    timljh TS Enthusiast Posts: 35

    How did you come up with the conclusion that it is a form of ponzi scheme? Do you even understand what is it before you try to comment? read up dude.. According to https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/ponzischeme.asp


    1. No one promised any return, you invest it yourself at your own risk
    2. People are losing money in the bear market.
    3. Some of the exchanges are registered to the SEC of their respective countries
    4. Nothing is secret in blockchain, you can just look for whatever information you need.
    5. Everything can be viewed in your trading account or the blockchain is totally transparent.
    6. There is no issues at all if you are not using any fishy exchanges.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019
    Sausagemeat likes this.
  22. BigBoomBoom

    BigBoomBoom TS Booster Posts: 65   +62

    Like Vega? Make some noise? 18 months late to match price and performance with GTX 1080? Pretty sure Lisa was AMD's CEO then. Oh also don't forget the blind test of Vega performance with GTX 1080 Ti. The whole Vega PR was terrible but AMD fans will absolutely blame NVIDIA instead.

    At least that lot responsible for Vega are now with Intel.
    Sausagemeat likes this.
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,579   +5,139

    This issue predates RTX.
  24. bananaforscale

    bananaforscale TS Rookie

    The word is "linchpin", with an I. Not lynchpin.
  25. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,571   +1,174

    Cryptocurrency Earnings...

    There was never any realistic way to be certain about cryptocurrency earnings.

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...