On the one hand, NVIDIA surprised many with the announcement of a new line of graphics cards exclusively for the mining market. While we anticipated this back then, now and after the new driver was released, NVIDIA has some pretty interesting plans for these cards and the RTX that are yet to come, segmenting the ranges even more.
NVIDIA Resuscitates Turing Again And The Target For The Mining Market
Still without official specifications and we already have on the table the first big novelty that can decongest the mining market: the CMP HX GPUs will not be based on Ampere as the main architecture, but on Turing, as if it were a RTX 2000.
The announcement is far from official, but it is about support for the first two models which, given what we’ve seen, will hit the market sooner rather than later. These models are named 30 HX and 40HX, which will have Turing based processors and being specific, the former will be based on the TU116 and the second in the TU106, there will therefore be interesting disparities in performance.
For the moment and lack of knowing its specifications, we can only rely on what was revealed by NVIDIA in its announcement. And will the CMP 30HX have a hash rate for extracting 26 MH / s
Instead, the CMP 40HX goes up to 36 MH / s, 185 watts for the same connector 8 pins and raise its VRAM to 8 GB. Both cards are expected for this Q1.
Why is NVIDIA choosing Turing over Ampere? Will CMPs be made at 8nm or 12nm?
After the shock of knowing that these GPUs will be architecture-based Turing, remains the most important question, why? Well, there are several reasons why, while not official, they make all the sense in the world. Starting with the obvious fact that today’s gamer wants and searches for Ampere GPUs at the right prices, diverting the production line to mining with this architecture is to reduce the number of sales and benefits in the industry. sector that gives NVIDIA the greatest profitability.
The second factor is very curious: efficiency. From an energy and performance perspective, Turing is slightly better than Ampere and handles peak power better, which is vital for any farmer to get a return on investment from GPUs.
Third, you have to look at the price, as NVIDIA could offer these graphics cards at a lower cost than amps, which ties into the fourth and final argument: the manufacturing node.
Although Samsung supports the 8nm Ampere GPUs, the 12nm TSMC They aren’t really far in terms of performance and efficiency compared to Koreans, but unlike Koreans, the price per slice and per chip is much lower. It remains to be seen whether, in fact, NVIDIA has once again considered 12 nm as the reference node for these CMPs, or whether, on the contrary, it sees in terms of efficiency and price opting for a sales volume. 8 nm, we’ll find out soon.