The World’s Largest Chipmaker Hates Crypto, Loves AI
The world’s largest US chipmaker (by market cap) has a love-hate relationship with crypto.
- Nvidia (accidentally) benefited from the growth of crypto — as their chips were used to power the crypto mining industry.
- That helped create a chip shortage at a crucial time (2020-21) when other industries were also fighting for supply.
Here’s what Nvidia is a fan of: Artificial intelligence.
The chipmaker is riding the generative AI trend — alongside the billions being committed by large tech companies to build out AI capabilities.
Nvidia’s AI chips are flying off the shelves.
- The supercomputer that the first version of ChatGPT trained on used over 10K Nvidia graphics chips.
- Tens of thousands of AI chips have been sold to Microsoft (OpenAI), another 20K to Amazon and 16K to Oracle.
That drove $NVDA up nearly 85% this year — sending its valuation “to the stratosphere,” per Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore (WSJ).
Why investors need to be cautious
With a 59x price-to-earnings multiple, $NVDA is also the most expensive it’s been since the stock crashed in 2021 (>70x p/e ratio then). Per WSJ’s Dan Gallagher, each of the three times this ratio passed 50x, $NVDA came crashing down.