Finally some good news for gamers … well at least we can expect some change in Q3 of this year.
The truth of the matter is that the cryptocurrency boom isn’t losing strength yet, and graphics card manufacturers are more than happy to profit off this phenomenon. However, one must have the right tools to mine cryptocurrency effectively. NVIDIA is keen to provide cryptominers with the necessary hardware as they ready their latest GP102-100 card for launch. The GP102-100 should sound familiar to most enthusiasts since it employs the same GP102 chip used in the mainstream GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GTX Titan Xp graphics cards. Nevertheless, NVIDIA made a few modifications in order to maintain the hash rate while lowering the price at the same time. In other words, we’re basically dealing with a gimped version of the GP102 chip with less memory channels, shader cores, and memory.
The Inno3D P102-100 is the first model to show up in the wild. The card packs 3,200 CUDA cores clocked at 1582 MHz and 5 GB of GDDR5X memory operating at 10 Gbps across a 320-bit wide memory interface. Inno3D is utilizing their Twin X2 cooling solution to cool the card. This solution features five heatpipes to draw the heat away from the GPU and two fans to provide active cooling. Being a mining-oriented model, the Inno3D P102-100 lacks a bracket and display outputs. It also only requires four PCIe lanes to function. The Inno3D P102-100 has a 250W TDP rating and draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. According to Inno3D, their card is capable of mining Ethereum with a hash rate of 47 MH/s which easily beats a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GTX Titan Xp. Pricing is unknown at the writing of this article.
Despite not being backed by an official statement, NVIDIA’s next-generation crypto-mining Turing graphics cards are expected to be revealed at GTC 2018 between March 26 to 29. According to DigiTimes’s latest report, NVIDIA is expecting a drop in demand for graphics card later this year. In an effort to prolong the lifecycle of their current graphics cards, mass production for Turing won’t start until the third quarter of 2018. Sources around the industry have also revealed that NVIDIA had a sit-down with AIB partners to address the current situation. In short, NVIDIA partners are now forbidden to promote activities related to cryptocurrency mining and to sell bulks of consumer graphics cards to cryptominers.
Inno3D P102-100 Specifications
- GPU: P102-100
- CUDA Cores: 3200
- Base Clock: 1582 MHz
- Memory Clock: 10 Gbps
- Physical Memory Size: 5 GB
- Memory Type: GDDR5X
- Memory Interface Width: 320-bit
- Memory Bandwidth: 400 GB/s
- Bus Support: PCIe Gen3 x 4
- Card Size: 21.5 cm length, 12.5 cm height, dual slot
- Max TDP: 250 Watt
- Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin PCI-E
Inno3D P102-100 Hashrate
- ETH: ~47 MHS
- ZEC: ~660 Sol/s
- XMR: ~879 H/s