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NVIDIA and AMD respond to Cryptocurrency miners with new graphics cards




The Cryptocurrency mining craze has created quite a stir in past months as stocks of graphics cards, which are used in mining, have been flying off the shelves at retailers all around the world. In response, NVIDIA, AMD, and their board partners have launched brand new mining-focused graphics cards.

The MINING-P106-6G and MINING RX470, from NVIDIA and AMD, respectively, promise higher hash rates and round the clock durability, as miners are known to run their machines 24/7. The images above (P106-6G) and below (RX470) are from ASUS’ website, but other board manufacturers such as Sapphire, MSI, EVGA, and Zotac are expected to release their own variants as well. With a base and boost clock of 1506MHz/1708MHz and 6GB of GDDR5 Memory, the P106-6G seems to be a repurposed GTX 1060. Built specifically for mining, these graphics cards are focused on raw compute performance and are very conservative with their display outputs.

Overall, this is a good move from both the green and red teams as a step in the right direction for the graphics card ecosystem. We hope it will ease tensions within the market as with the dwindling stocks of existing cards, gamers have been somewhat pitted against miners. The last few months have proven to be a hard time for those wanting to purchase AMD RX graphics cards, or NVIDIA cards such as the GTX 1060 or 1070.

Pricing and Availability

ASUS has not yet announced pricing on their P106-6G and RX470 Mining graphics cards.

Being the first to this new submarket, Sapphire has released their RX470 Mining cards in the UK. Prices range from £128.99 to £299.99 (Php8,346.96 to Php19,412.40).  They can be seen here on OverclockersUK.

However, we just got confirmation from a representative of PCHub that there is no allocation for the PH, for the RX470.

They do have pre-selling for the ZOTAC P106-6G, though. It is priced at Php13,500. Check out PCHub’s Facebook post here.

 

 



Joey graduated with a degree in Digital Filmmaking from the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde last March 2017. A filmmaker by heart, he has since put aside cinema to focus on his other passion, technology. PCs, mechanical keyboards, audio, cameras, and gaming are among his biggest tech interests.

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