The most powerful NVIDIA Ethereum mining card discussed so far is the CMP 220HX model, which features an Ampere GA100 core. Ultimately, this system will offer nearly twice the efficiency of ETH mining, reaching a level of 210 MH/s. While the date of its appearance remains a mystery, more and more information about the second most efficient card from the NVIDIA CMP line is entering the network – of course, we are talking about the CMP 170HX, which also uses the GA100 core, as we mentioned a few months ago. Meanwhile, the first images of the chip have been uploaded to the network, thanks to which we can see what NVIDIA’s original design looks like visually and how it actually aligns with Ethereum.
We learned about the appearance and performance of the NVIDIA CMP 170HX graphics chip in Ethereum mining. Although the current BIOS does not allow OC memory, the target performance is in line with the manufacturer’s claims.
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It appears that previous information on the NVIDIA CMP 170HX card has in fact been confirmed. The chip uses an Ampere GA100 trimmed core, which was produced on 7 nm TSMC lithography. The NVIDIA CMP 170HX delivers Ethereum mining performance at 164 MH/s, with a TDP of 250W for the card. 4480 CUDA cores and 8GB of HBM2e memory (manufactured by Hynix) with ~1.5TB/s bandwidth (shown by GPU-Z, bandwidth is exactly 1493GB/s). The HBM2e memory clock is 1458MHz and uses the 4096-bit bus.
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The images above show the look of NVIDIA’s proprietary design – the CMP 170HX card offers a very simple black and white color scheme. There are no video outputs on the herring – in the corner there is one 8-pin power plug. The case also features the NVIDIA logo and card name – CMP 170HX. Performance tests were carried out using the Ethash algorithm, which allowed to achieve a result of 164 MH / s. So this is exactly the result as announced by NVIDIA in the specs. Interestingly enough, the current version of the BIOS does not allow for additional OC memory, so you cannot take more of the card than is available out of the box. However, this performance is impressive. It is a pity that the release of CMP series cards did not translate into an improvement in the market for consumer graphics cards.
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