Again in mid-February, NVIDIA introduced its Crypto Mining Processor (CMP) HX household. Now it seems as if AMD could also be countering with some headless Radeon GPU motion of its personal.
The information involves us from the brand new AMDGPU kernel patch driver notes for Linux 5.12. The pertinent piece of knowledge for us at the moment is the looks of a brand new NV12 (Navi 12) SKU. In accordance with the report, this might be a brand new headless graphics card based mostly on first-generation Navi structure (RDNA). The cardboard would lack assist for Video Core Subsequent (VCN) which additional provides to the rumors that this might be AMD’s reply to CMP HX.
NVIDIA beforehand said that its CMP HX playing cards function GPUs that did not move the grade to reside in GeForce merchandise. Due to this reality, the sale of those playing cards will not have an effect on the provision of currently-marketed GeForce graphics cards. Like NVIDIA, AMD would not have excellent yields for its RDNA- or RDNA2-based graphics playing cards. So, it is solely attainable that it too is seeking to flip GPUs that will have in any other case been rejected into one thing a worthwhile product with a receptive market.
Though NVIDIA hasn’t come out and confirmed it, the 30HX, 40HX, and 50HX are all allegedly based mostly on the earlier technology Turing structure. Solely the flagship 90Hx — with an Ethereum hash fee of 86 MH/s – is reportedly using the new Ampere architecture.
If AMD goes down this path, it is possible that every one the accessible choices with be RDNA-based. The Radeon RX 6800 XT (RDNA2) has an Ethereum hash fee of 59 MH/s at 147 watts in comparison with 54 MH/s at 91 watts for the Radeon RX 5700 XT. In different phrases, the numbers simply do not add up — presently — for providing headless RDNA2 playing cards. After all, there are different cryptocurrencies to mine, however Ethereum is the recent ticket merchandise today for miners, a minimum of until the 2.0 update is released.