In line with our earlier report on a potential high-end mining from NVIDIA, it appears that the company is indeed working on a new CMP card based on the 7nm GA100 die. Now, it’s important to keep in mind that the A100 accelerator is based on the GA100 GPU, so we’ll be using the two interchangeably. However, we don’t expect a miner-specific product based on the full-fledged die, rather a slightly cut-down version similar to the A100.
As per I_Leak_VN, this will be a new entry in the CMP lineup, called the 220HX with a hash rate of 210 MH/s and a price of $3,000. Considering that the A100 costs over $10,000, this means that we’re likely looking at a modified variant, with the Tensor cores disabled. The FP64 units are also likely going to be axed, and the NVLink interface will be disabled in favor of standard PCIe 4.0.
|Architecture||Turing (TU116)||Turing (TU106)||Turing (TU104?)||Ampere (GA102?)|
|Ethereum Hash Rate(1)||26 MH/s||36 MH/s||45 MH/s||86 MH/s|
|Rated Power(2)||125 W||185 W||250 W||320 W|
|Power Connectors(2)||1x 8-pin||1x 8-pin||2x 8-pin||2x 8-pin|
At present, the top-end CMP product is the 90X (unreleased as of yet) which is based on the GA102 die, same as the RTX 3090 and 3080 and a target Ether hash rate of 86 MH/s. This the 90X launched in May or June, then we’re likely looking at a Q3 launch for the 220X. By then, the semiconductor shortages will have eased (to an extent) and since this is the GA100 die, NVIDIA isn’t exactly handing a gaming product to miners. It’s a Data Center product based on a different process node from a different foundry.