Intel’s budget Alchemist GPU, the Arc A380 has gotten the honor of being the first Xe part to support Ethereum mining. Nanominer has added compatibility for the paltry GPU with multiple miners confirming the same. Unfortunately, the Arc A380 isn’t very efficient at mining. While consuming 75W of power, it manages a hash rate of just 10.2 MH/s.
In comparison, the four-year-old GeForce GTX 1650 can deliver 26.50 MH/s while consuming just 80W of power. Either way, this is just an indication that the higher-end Arc GPUs (if they are ever released) will support cryptomining as well. The A380 is just a test drive.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that you’ll need the 6GB variant to successfully mine Ethereum as the Ether DAG comes in a 5,127MB. Opting for the 4GB variant will allow you to mine other coins like Raven and Ether Classic (ETC) but I guess it’s a moot point anyway.
The transition from Proof of Work (PoW) to Proof of Stake (PoS), otherwise known as Ethereum 2.0 is set to take place between the 10th and 20th of September. The remaining miners will, therefore, be moving onto alternate coins to fill their coffers.