Nvidia cryptocurrency mining GPU rumours Credit: Nvidia

Nvidia cryptocurrency mining GPU rumours

A post on the Crypto Mining Blog suggests that the Nvidia P102-100 GPUs are going to arrive on the market soon, and will be aimed specifically at cryptocurrency miners.

The rise of cryptocurrency mining has caused the price of GPUs to spike heavily over the past few years, with cryptocurrency miners buying up huge amounts of graphics cards originally meant for gaming PCs. This has made it very hard for gamers to upgrade, as even having the chance to buy your desired card might be hard to come across and that’s before we’ve even talked about the price increases.

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These new cards are rumoured to feature a custom configuration for the memory and faster performance, when compared to the desktop GeForce series that was originally designed for gaming. The cards will also not feature a video output option in an attempt to draw a line between gaming and mining variants.

The new cards are rumoured to be based upon the more powerful consumer cards of the 10 series namely the 1080 Ti and the Titan. The design is also supposed to feature no backplane, which is an interesting design choice as it makes it much harder to attach the card to a mining frame.

The post includes the specifications for the INNO3D card, as well as some preliminary performance results as well.  While these performance numbers should be taken as a rough indication only, as they’re from the manufacturer themselves, its gives an interesting indication of the expected results of the card.

Inno3D P102-100 Specifications:

GPU: P102-100
CUDA Cores: 3200
Base Clock: 1582 MHz
Memory Clock: 11 Gbps
Physical Memory Size: 5GB
Memory Type: GDDR5X
Memory Interface Width: 320-bit
Memory Bandwidth: 400 GB/s
Bus Support: PCIe Gen1 x4
Card Size: 21.5cm L, 12.5cm H, dual slot
Max TDP: 250 Watt
Power Connectors: 2x 8-pin PCI-E

The reported hashrates from the card are:

Eth: ~47 MHS
ZEC: ~660 Sol/s
XMR: ~879 H/s

If the rumours are true, and these cards prove to be a more cost effective method of mining cryptocurrency then the GeForce series, we could finally see some badly needed price correction in the GPU market. However, considering the current RAM shortage, we’re not expecting to see these cards come to market at a price much cheaper than the current 1080Ti model.

This means that the crypto mining cards would have to be much more efficient than their counterparts. The GeForce series comes with the added benefit of retaining some of its value for potential resale to gamers, as well as being a solid solution for mining too.

We’ll cross our fingers and keep you updated with the latest news.

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