Scorching on the heels of Nvidia’s unveiling of its personal Cryptocurrency Mining Processors, these Turing-based CMP playing cards, AMD seems prefer it’s about to announce its personal Navi-based model. Each little helps they are saying, and so if AMD could make a little bit splash within the cryptocurrency ocean by releasing its personal mining-specific GPUs, then we will solely hope which may release the odd graphics card right here and there for us players.
The information comes from an AMDGPU kernel driver update announcement (by way of Tom’s Hardware) that listed sure fixes for the Linux surroundings. The ‘Handle new NV12 SKU’ element within the notice refers to a brand new model of the Navi 12 GPU that has up to now solely seen the sunshine of day within the AMD Radeon Professional 5600M (exclusively for Apple) and Radeon Professional V520 playing cards (for professional rendering).
What makes this appear to be an ideal candidate for a mining-specific launch, nonetheless, is the truth that it’s listed as not having help for VCN (Video Core Subsequent). That makes the cardboard primarily a dumb GPU with no skill to output, and a great crypto-mining choice.
There have been experiences in the direction of the tip of final 12 months a couple of equally output-less SKU of the Navi 10 GPU (the facility behind the usual RX 5700 and RX 5600-series playing cards), which all appears to level to a brand new line of outdated RDNA 1 chips being repurposed to take a few of the pressure off the newer RDNA 2 playing cards.
To be truthful, the newest gaming-centric model of the structure would not ship significantly efficient mining silicon, not compared with how efficient one thing just like the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is with regards to gaming body charges. So the place Nvidia dipping into its reserves to floor some Turing chips for its crypto playing cards could possibly be seen as a little bit of a slap within the face for the mining neighborhood, AMD’s RDNA 1 GPUs are as efficient as Radeon chips get.
And if it is the identical Navi 12 GPU that the Apple and professional peops received out of AMD within the final era then that may even be the one RDNA 1 chip to return with HBM (excessive bandwidth reminiscence). Although latency is extra necessary than bandwidth for mining Ethereum, and HBM is not pretty much as good as GDDR5 on that entrance, in order that could possibly be much less impactful than it’d in any other case appear.
With the latest AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT announcement there was zero point out of the pressures that the rise in cryptocurrency mining has had on the supply of graphics playing cards all over the world, and the one point out the purple group made about inventory points was to recommend that releasing its reference playing cards and the third-party designs on day one can be a repair.
With the launch of a particular mining SKU it may no less than present that it is doing one thing to attempt to maintain gaming GPUs within the palms of players. We do not suppose, due to the proclivity for Linux throughout the mining neighborhood, that AMD is able to do the same sort of Ethereum limiter Nvidia seems to be doing on its future GeForce playing cards. Which makes repurposing its outdated GPU designs for the trigger virtually all it could actually do.
Although, in the identical means that we’re not sure in regards to the efficacy of Nvidia’s CMP push on that entrance, mining particular playing cards are far much less interesting to miners due to the entire lack of any resale worth. That finally ends up making them a final resort for the crypto crew as soon as all the opposite gaming playing cards on supply have already been swallowed up.