NVIDIA launches CMP, a graphics without graphics that only serves to mine cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrencies are living a truly golden age, and both bitcoin and others are breaking historical records and reaching incredible values that have an inevitable side effect: everyone wants to mine cryptocurrencies and “manufacture” money.
That has made Nvidia’s powerful RTX 3000 graphics a precious product for these processes, and in fact the demand has long been spectacular not only by gamers, but by the miners who get a lot of juice from these cards. To avoid this, the company has pulled a very special product out of its sleeve: it is called Nvidia CMP HX, and it is a family of graphics that do not allow playing: it is designed to mine cryptocurrencies.
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Nvidia’s idea is simple: miners don’t want graphics to play with, so why not create a product specifically for them? Eso es Nvidia CMP (Cruptocurrency Mining Processor), which basically takes advantage of the architecture and features of the GeForce RTX, but without all the elements that guide them to gaming.
Nvidia CMP does not have graphics support: has no video outputs, for example, something that, as pointed out by Nvidia, improves the refrigeration and that allows more and more of these cards to be “stacked”. In addition, they stand out, in these processors works with lower frequencies and voltages, which improves efficiency and reduces consumption during mining.
The news Nvidia CMP HX, which is the full name of the family, they have several versions with different features that mainly affect their mining rate —measured in Ethereum hashes rate, a traditional reference already among miners of this cryptocurrency— and their consumption.
At Nvidia they currently offer four versions with different powers ranging from 26 MH / s of the Nvidia CMP 30HX up to 86 MH / s for the CMP 90X. The latter consumes much more to offer that power, of course.
How powerful are these mining cards? To establish a reference, GeForce RTX 3090s are around 100-130 MH / sAlthough the exact figure depends on the model, the algorithm used and, of course, the working frequency of the GPU of these graphics or their memory systems, which allow optimizing this performance.
The launch of these cryptocurrency mining processors or systems occurs precisely with the idea of stop miners from chasing the same graphics cards gamers are trying to get, and this should help to gradually alleviate the problem of graphics shortages.
The Imminent launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 on February 25 It will be a good way to check the effect of this decision by Nvidia, which of course manages to propose a very interesting solution that could also end up giving it an important new market niche if cryptocurrencies continue to generate the growing interest that we are seeing.
At the moment no prices for these mining cards, which will appear in the first and second quarter of 2021. Now it remains to be seen if indeed the Nvidia CMP HX achieve their goal and make it clear that, as Nvidia says
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