Gigabyte today launched its first CMP graphics card in the form of the 30HX with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, based on the same graphics core as the GeForce GTX 1660 series. The only difference is the lack of display outputs which also makes the product obsolete once the mining boom gets over. The 30HX has a rated Ether hash rate of 26 MH/s with a TDP of 125W and a rather outrageous price tag of $700.
|Architecture||Turing (TU116)||Turing (TU106)||Turing (TU104)||Ampere (GA102)|
|Ethereum Hash Rate||26 MH/s||36 MH/s||45 MH/s||86 MH/s|
|Rated Power||125 W||185 W||250 W||320 W|
|Power Connectors||1x 8-pin||1x 8-pin||2x 8-pin||2x 8-pin|
However, the part that catches one’s attention is the warranty period that the manufacturer is providing: Just six months. Most graphics cards launch with a warranty period of two years, with some offering an extended warranty of up to five years. It isn’t surprising to see a CMP card launch with a slashed warranty period, but the fact is some OEMs like MSI are extending the same treatment to gaming graphics cards.
In the below image, you can see that MSI has stated that the warranty period of the mentioned graphics cards has been reduced from 36 months to just 6 months from the time of purchase. The same applies to the service life of the graphics cards. This particular notice was issued in Russia, but if an OEM is doing it in one country, the same is likely to follow in others as well.