News AMD Seems To Be Preparing New Blockchain GPU For Cryptomining

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While I hate to say this, but the mining market is certainly more lucrative than the gaming market. After all, miners need a lot of GPUs at one go if they are utilizing GPUs for mining. If Nvidia has got a stranglehold of the gaming market, at least AMD is still able to sell their GPUs to a secondary market if required.
 

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As an actual crypto miner, I might be interested in these mining dedicated GPU cards.
NVIDIA made some of these a couple years ago (the P102 and P104 cards), and they are still used by some crypto miners (not me). I have a couple of rigs full of Radeon 5700XT GPU's and they are reasonably solid and decent cards. They crunch a decent amount of hashes and are also fairly efficient in terms of hash vs. power consumption. For crypto miners that's the secret sauce, and I tune my GPU cards down (main and memory clock rate and mem and core voltages) to squeeze all the hashing performance per watt out of my GPU's.
If AMD were to make a version of these 5700XT cards with all of the video and display portions of the card disabled and no display ports, I would certainly try one out and put it on my test rig and see what kind of hashing performance per watt I can tune it to. If it was competitive with the 5700XT's I already have I'd probably buy a rig or two full of them and run the heck out of them. They would likely be less expensive than 5700XT "gaming cards", so that would be a plus.
 

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As a crytpo miner myself, I wouldn't be interested in these cards. You can't resell them to gamers when their hash rate becomes economically unfeasible. I've seen so many people get burned with 480 and 580 4GB mining cards. They are essentially paper weights without the video engine chips installed now that the DAG size for ETH has exceeded 4GB. Moreover, they are usually not that much cheaper than the gaming versions, so what's the point?
 
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As a crytpo miner myself, I wouldn't be interested in these cards. You can't resell them to gamers when their hash rate becomes economically unfeasible. I've seen so many people get burned with 480 and 580 4GB mining cards. They are essentially paper weights without the video engine chips installed now that the DAG size for ETH has exceeded 4GB. Moreover, they are usually not that much cheaper than the gaming versions, so what's the point?
You make a good point - I am a crypto miner as well, and the resale value of GPUs I purchase is a factor in my decision to buy. I use mostly Polaris and Navi cards - (Eth mining) I only purchased Polaris cards with 8gb VRAM, knowing the DAG size would eventually become an issue. Frankly, the Polaris cards have been so reliable I will probably just mine them until they burn out and not bother trying to resell them. I make sure temps/voltage are as low as possible and repaste problem cards. I am very curious to see what kind of performance I can get out of these alleged new mining Navi10 cards. Whether or not I buy them will depend on how much better the numbers are. Knowing that I can fairly easily liquidate GPUs on the secondary gaming market is very reassuring to my accounting ledger. This is especially true when once considers the volatility of the cryptocurrency market. Mining cards and ASIC miners become, as you put it, paper weights if for whatever reason mining is no longer viable. Quite concerning if a miner finds themselves having to liquidate hardware due to market forces.

My 5700/5700XT rigs are all performing very well. Some of my MSI cards are running hot memory temps, but that is due to MSI putting substandard thermal pads on their cheaper models. The ones I replace show noticeable reductions in temp and fan speed. Long-term viability of the cards still remains to be seen, the 5700s havent been out nearly as long as the Polaris cards.

As an aside, my favorite GPU is the Radeon VII - I've got them undervolted and running very cool, hashing about 90ish. Too expensive to buy them now.
 

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dual gpu for the new Navi 10 ? did i read well ?
since crossfire is dead (software based with drivers), it would mean it's hardware based this time ? so OS-agnostic ?

if it's a really dual GPU card that the OS sees as only one adapter but double the power, that would be very interesting on water
 

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Yep, sell the cards as single dvi-d port with a price similar as the Navi 10s?!🙄
They could take the 5600 GPU but have the memory found in the 5700 so that a GPU mining card only costs slightly above a 5600 XT GPU. However, unlikely for them to do that pricing since the parts essentially makes 5700 so they'd sell no less than a 5700. This is the reason why there's no good Mining card that has existed yet
 

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