Recently, as a way to combat the crypto mining boom that meant the large majority of graphics cards were being bought out by crypto miners, Nvidia launched their own dedicated CMP series specifically for mining (and also reduced the mining performance of their RTX 30 series). So far, AMD hasn’t followed the same steps as Nvidia, but that could all change soon as a seemingly mining-specific AMD GPU was spotted recently.
The card itself looks to be based on the Navi 21 GPU, the same one that powers the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6800. We know that it is a mining card thanks to the lack of display connectors at the back, which is the first major sign of a dedicated mining GPU.
Interestingly, it also includes an XFX branding label, suggesting this isn’t just some repurposed variant, and an official mining GPU AMD has sent to manufacturers. AMD also isn’t exactly known for their mining performance, with a significantly reduced performance compared to Nvidia’s RTX 30 series, hence why the latter was so popular among miners throughout the year.
It will be interesting to see if this works out for AMD, as they are admittedly late to the party since crypto mining demand has been steadily dropping recently. It has also been known that AMD has been struggling to keep up with demand, so where they’ll find the chips for these mining GPUs is unknown, though it might not go down well with gamers who are already struggling to find a graphics card in the first place.
What do you think? Is it a good idea for AMD to bring out mining specific GPUs? Will it help gamers? Or is it too late for the Red Team? Let us know your thoughts!