It depends on how lazy Nvidia was when "redesigning" a GTX 1660S reference board into a mining card. My guess is "very lazy".It is likely a little more complicated than just needing ports added to the board. There might be traces still in the board, but likely not components in line that are needed for outputting a display signal.
I'm not a tech though, so don't really know, I only guessing. It would be sad to think a bunch of these might end up in a landfill or scrapped in a couple years when they would still have years of life left in them potentially.
Between the ESD protection diodes and all of the tiny filter components, this is easier said than done on a board that has already been soldered, probably not worth Nvidia's time especially for GPUs it has already been paid for.It's pretty likely to be the same leftover boards, with some parts left unpopulated.
Nvidia could just populate those missing parts and sell the cards to gamers...
There is no point in third-parties bothering with it either: provided Nvidia didn't go so far as completely disable all video output capabilities from firmware or prevent it from being used for 3D, you can skip the need to painstakingly install all of those 0201 components by hand by simply routing video output through the IGP or a secondary GPU as people have done with previous "mining" cards.I was more kind of more musing when these are common in the wild if some tech junkies will pick one up and see if they can get it to function.
There is no point in third-parties bothering with it either
Hmmm.....there's a definite stench in the air...!!!...
The funny thing is I actually managed to get a 6900 XT direct from AMD for MSRP. I don't even want this card, but that was the page that I misclicked on first when AMD restocked. I guess it's just the card I have to use now. Maybe I'll finally get DLSS, better encoders, and usable ray tracing in a 2-3 generations when I feel like I've gotten $1000 worth of use out of this toy.
It's just sitting on my desk; I can't decide if I should open it or sell it or what. It's not like I could trade it for an RTX 3080, because those are priced way higher right now.
Nope. Besides missing components on board GPU chips themselves most likely are ones where output circuitry faults was detected during binning. Certainly not worth to mess with them for gaming.
We can only hope that crooks will not catch the idea to use live beings - animals or people - in this way.At least no one has been found stuffing them in their orifice.
I didn't mean that they would rework mining boards that are essentially finished, I agree that wouldn't be worth it. But they should be able to make batches of both mining and gaming SKUs on the same line, if they wanted to. When I said leftover boards, I assume that they are either unpopulated... or more likely a new production run of an old design.Between the ESD protection diodes and all of the tiny filter components, this is easier said than done on a board that has already been soldered, probably not worth Nvidia's time especially for GPUs it has already been paid for.