According to the latest reports, graphics card manufacturers are preparing to release a new specialized model for mining sooner than expected. According to leaked to the network specifications, the new card Inno3D is based on the powerful Nvidia GPU — GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Obviously, soon there will be similar cards from other manufacturers.
The old-new GPU P102-100 – essentially a clone of the card game, but with the specific settings designed for cryptocurrency miners. Last year has already started serial production of «mynarski» cards on the basis of the GTX 1060 (P106-100) and a GTX 1070 (P104-100), but they are in demand mostly by industrial miners, and in retail is not in high demand.
The upcoming card will work on the basis of released in 2016, the Pascal chips that work on game cards GTX 1080 Ti and Titan. Unlike gaming products, map for mining will have a specific configuration of video memory and higher performance in mining, but will not have video outputs.
The Inno3D card uses a standard cooling system Twin X2 with two fans and five heat pipes. No bracket for fixing to the frame seen in leaked in photos, although, according to Crypto Mining Blog, as accessory will be provided a standard plank for the PC.
GPU P102-100 is structurally similar in many ways to maps P104-100 from Nvidia. They come with a 3200 CUDA cores and the base processor frequency of 1582 MHz. Physical memory is 5 GB in size (probably as P104-100 memory is available in full, but half of it is blocked for direct addressing), type GDDR5X, with 320-bit bus. Memory bandwidth is 400 GB/s Cards come with support for PCIe Gen1 x4 slot and two 8-pin power connectors PCI-e Standard size heat sink is 250 watts.
P102-100 is expected to have the following heraty: ETH ~ 47 MH/s; ZEC ~ 660 Sol/s; XMR ~ 879 KH/s, GPU-optimized hashing algorithm Ethash (Ethereum and forks). Currently there is no information about the price of a new graphics card.
Map P102-100 can be a cheaper alternative to the upcoming series of Turing, which is based on a new architecture Volta. However, economic efficiency and, accordingly, demand for new cards is still in question. Ultimately, much will depend on the price. Previous mining Nvidia a little better performance from a gaming card, but the reduced warranty, no outputs, and stripped down the memory P104-100 put an end to their use outside of mining and liquidity in the secondary market.
According to the above figures, mining GTX 1080 Ti will be economically beneficial if the retail price is lower gaming the GTX 1080 Ti (average 1200 dollars, if you take today’s price limits for the playing cards). In performance she is a little ahead of two GTX 1060 (which cost about $ 900), but loses two GTX 1070 (about $ 1,400 for two cards).
Do not forget about maps competitor, AMD RX series Vega who lose P102-100 in performance up to 20%, but their price is gradually reduced and is now slightly below the playing 1080 Ti, in this case we are talking about the full cards.
There are at least two obstacles to long-term success of mining GTX 1080 Ti:
At the end of 2018 — beginning of 2019 in the series will the next generation of GPU Nvidia Volta, which is traditionally «close» in performance and energoeffektivnosti old maps.
About the same period, it is expected to move first on Ethereum hybrid (Pow+PoS) mining, and by the middle of 2019 — pure PoS.
Thus, to achieve payback, the new card has less than year, but they have not had time to go on sale. Therefore, manufacturers and sellers of these cards will need to optimize pricing.
The growing popularity of cryptocurrency mining made leading GPU vendors to focus on the needs of the cryptocurrency industry. In June last year, it was reported that Nvidia and AMD will release a cheaper GPU for mining. This is not surprising – according to conservative estimates, the company earned
on miners nearly a billion dollars, in particular, has become one of the growth factors
shares of Nvidia. However, despite this, in the beginning of this year AMD declared that he feared a decline in sales of graphics cards due to the lower demand of the miners.