It’s no secret that cryptocurrency mining is a blooming industry and hardware manufacturers are grappling with the problem of providing powerful mining equipment at a price everyone can afford. Nvidia is a leader in the industry and everyone is looking upto them, and others, for better tech designed specifically for crypto mining.
In response to market demands, Nvidia is touting a new mining GPU that excludes display graphics to cut down the price to ‘something everyone can afford’ and it is set for release in the third quarter of 2018.
Design and Specs of the Nvidia Mining GPU
The P102-100 GPU’s design will be based on the P104-100 card. It will come with the CUDE Cores 3200 calculator with a 1582 MHz clock speed and 5GB RAM (GDDR5X) which has a 320-bit interface with a 11Gbps transfer speed. One of the best features of this rig is that it comes with the dual-fan copper heating system that made the Inno3D Twin X2 very popular among early Bitcoin miners.
Other specifications of the P102-100 are based on the Inno3D model model number GeForce GTX 1080 Ti gaming card customized to have no resources dedicated to the display. These custom configuration will release more memory for mining, which means higher performance and less heating but at a lower price.
Nvidia has been in the graphics cards business since the beginning and are best placed to reconfigure their next generation graphics architecture to provide miners with the best deal on cards.
Pricing and Availability
The new lineup of mining GPUs, code-named Nvidia Turing, should be available as early as August 2018. Although there has been no word on the pricing of the GPUs, it is expected that pressure from other manufacturer including AMD and Qualcomm will force the prices down.
The new lineup of cards will be powered by the older “Pascal” chips that came with Titan-branded graphics cards made for PCs. Unlike the gaming graphics cards, the mining card will offer custom software and hardware configuration for memory and performance at the expense of display capabilities.