AMD is reportedly working on a crypto mining GPU based on Navi 21

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sat, Aug 28, 2021 11:00 AM

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.

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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.

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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!

Do you think it is a good idea for AMD to create mining GPUs now?

Do you think it will actually help gamers get graphics cards?

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22:55 Aug-28-2021

I am not the biggest fan of the decision, mostly I wouldn't care, but that will just reduce gaming supply as they cut that supply out to make mining cards. And it is not like they already don't have huge problem of making enough cards. They are less available than nVidia cards and these clearly won't be made on any other manufacturing process, so 7nm will just get more overloaded.

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21:32 Aug-28-2021

What for? Ethereum is going proof of stake early next year. No chance of competing with ASIC miners for bitcoin.

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20:09 Aug-28-2021

**uck, here we go again.

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16:21 Aug-28-2021

why do anything for miners? world should be following china suit and banning that !^%#

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13:22 Aug-28-2021

Lmao at this time when we have chip shortages they are wasting chips for miners?

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14:10 Aug-28-2021

All these issues surrounding the chip shortages likely wouldn't exist if there wasn't a global pandemic. I'm not saying there couldn't be one otherwise, just unlikely.

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12:45 Aug-28-2021

In business management everything that your competitor does to compete with you inadvertently helps your business in small ways because even if they are selling the same product , they spread awareness about the broader category that you are selling into as well.


I get why people may think about this helping gamers but it is not going to. In fact it will make it worse by driving up demand for crypto-mining even further and the miners who can't get their hands on this dedicated mining GPU are going to go after gaming GPUs even harder. One may think that it doesn't matter in the current market as there are no GPUs to go around but this will make it even worse.

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11:26 Aug-28-2021

I think it is a good idea...

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21:45 Aug-28-2021

I think it's stupid, spreading the already thin supply of chips even thinner.

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22:35 Aug-28-2021

why do you think that its a good idea?


as Virate sayed there is already shortage of chips so they wont simply make mining gpus apear out of nowhere, they will have to dedicate part of chip supply towards them

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