Nvidia's new cryptocurrency mining graphics cards 'don’t impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers'

Nvidia CMP cryptocurrency mining GPU
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Nvidia has promised that its new lineup of cryptocurrency mining GPUs, called CMP for short, won't impact the supply of GeForce graphics cards for PC gamers.

That's because these cards are reportedly using GPUs that don't fit the specifications for the company's GeForce graphics cards and thus were otherwise not going to find much use in the existing lineup, the company says.

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Nvidia CMP graphics cards
Header Cell - Column 0 30HX40HX50HX90HX
Ethereum hash rate26MH/s 36MH/s 45MH/s 86MH/s
Power connectors1 x 8-pin1 x 8-pin2 x 8-pin2 x 8-pin

There are four new cryptocurrency mining graphics cards for miners to choose from: the CMP 90HX, 50HX, 40HX, and 30HX. As you might imagine, the numerical digit in the name loosely represents the hash rate these cards will offer when mining Ethereum, the most popular cryptocurrency for GPU mining today.

How exactly these GPUs stack up versus the existing graphics cards in the GeForce lineup does hint at some similarities between the two, a nod to their possible destination in the gaming lineup. 

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For example, the CMP 90HX is an 86MH/s card with a 320W TDP and 10GB of memory. That's bang-on the RTX 3080 specification, although may differ in the exact configuration and clock speed.

The CMP line also lacks the new 12-pin power connector introduced with the RTX 30-series, instead opting for either one or two 8-pin power connectors.

Since these cards are destined for mining rigs they will also lack video outputs. That may mean the resale value is diminished, which has been one reason why miners prefer gaming graphics cards. That's likely why Nvidia's also taking action to nerf at least one gaming GPU's mining capability.

The news comes alongside a new ruling from Nvidia that it will force its upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards to run at a lowered hash rate when an Ethereum mining algorithm is detected, in order to prevent miners from chasing cards and eating up available stock.

Anything to get more graphics cards in the hands of gamers. Let's hope this works.

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, and would go on to run the team as hardware editor. Since then he's joined PC Gamer's top staff as senior hardware editor, where he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industries and testing the newest PC components.