Nvidia is rumored to be using their A100 accelerator as a new cryptocurrency mining processor capable of delivering a 220 MH/s hash rate. This move could be down to Nvidia trying to get more sales in different markets for the accelerator or a simple refresh to add a new tier to the cryptocurrency mining processor (CMP) that is being purposely built for the crypto space. As they try to take away some demand from their 3000 series gaming GPUs.
Now Nvidia probably won’t be using the A100 as is but it is rumored that they will be creating a new CMP based on the 7nm GA100 die. Creating a cut-down version of the A100 that is aimed solely at crypto mining. This means they should be disabling the tensor cores. Getting rid of the FP64 and switching out the NVLINK for a standard PCIe 4.0.
The leak was shared on Twitter by kopite7kimi who has a pretty solid track record when it came to the ampere leaks. He stated that the A100 is a ” Mining Monster” which is no surprise considering the specs on the A100 are rather impressive.
I_Leak_VN another leaker is also confident that Nvidia is aiming to debut the A100 as the CMP 220HX. A CMP that is going to be built for Ethereum and assuming by the name capable of producing 220 MH/s. This would mean that his new card will be capable of delivering two times better performance than the current Geforce RTX 3090. Which is currently one of the fastest mining cards on the market.
Nvidia CMP 220HX Rumored Specifications
|Ethereum Hash Rate||26 MH/s||36 MH/s||45 MH/s||86 MH/s||210 MH/s|
|Power Connectors||1 x 8-pin||1 x 8-pin||2 x 8-pin||2 x 8-pin||?|
For crypto mining, the A100 is going to excel. Ethereum is addicted to memory bandwidth. which the A100 has a lot of it also features passive cooling and the PCI is rated for 250 W. This is hitting most of the pain points about mining cryptocurrency already developed in the A100.
Now as mentioned above they won’t be using the A100 as is. They are going to be offering a stripped-down version of the card. This also might come with a stripped-down version of the price. Currently, the A100 is well over $10,000. I_Leak_VN is projecting that this card will be around the $3,000 dollar range. Even for miners having a card well above $10,000 isn’t going to be cost-effective when you can string a set of 4 RTX 3060 with a dummy HDMI cable. Giving you a total of 192 MH/s costing you less the $1,500 to do so. Obviously, there is tinkering to do but you will be capable of achieving the 220 MH/s without such a large investment.