AMD could follow NVIDIA’s path with its CMP and offer a graphics card without video output, intended for cryptocurrency miners.
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Last month, NVIDIA unveiled its plan to try to appease gamers and overcome the shortage of components that prevent many users from getting their latest graphics cards, the GeForce RTX Series 30. For this, the company has installed security to prevent cryptocurrency miners from jumping on its latest model, the GeForce RTX 3060, by limiting the hashrate by 50%. However, there is no question of putting cryptocurrency enthusiasts back: the firm has announced a new range of graphics cards specially designed for mining, the CMP. This could logically see him see it before the end of the first quarter of 2021.
For its part, AMD, NVIDIA’s big competitor, has not raised an eyebrow. But the founder may well not have communicated on a similar maneuver, the trace of one of his new GPUs in preparation seems to betray his intentions. In one of his latest AMDGPU drivers for Linux, we can see the mention of a graphics card unknown to the battalion… or almost. In fact, it would be very similar to the Radeon Pro 5600M card, based on Navi 12, and found in particular in Apple’s Mac Pro. But there is a small clue that lets us think that this mysterious new GPU could be intended for minors: it is not equipped with video output!
Towards an AMD GPU for minors?
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To undermine cryptocurrencies, video output from graphics cards is in fact useless, just like ray tracking or even infinity cache, technologies that were previously intended for gamers. So not only does this intriguing graphics card from AMD not have a video output, it also skips VCN (Video Core Next) support. Based on the Navi 12 architecture, this GPU would have HBM2 memory. It remains to be seen whether AMD has indeed planned to launch such a card, but it would represent a good way to calm the ardor of minors who would have a dedicated model and thus allow founders to meet player demand.
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