It looks like the previous rumour regarding Nvidia’s plan to release a “special” graphics card just for cryptocurrency mining is indeed true. Leaks have surfaced recently showing four custom mining graphics card from Asus, Colorful and MSI.
Interestingly, three out of four custom cryptocurrency mining from Asus, Colorful and MSI are based off of Nvidia’s Pascal GP106-100 GPU. For those who don’t know, the GP106 GPU is used with Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics cards. Of course, the Pascal GPU used in Nvidia mining graphics cards are slightly different; hence why their names end with “-100” instead of “-400.”
That aside, the first custom Nvidia mining-centric graphics card that was leaked is Asus’ Mining-P106-6G. Interestingly, this graphics card is actually very similar to the Asus GTX 1060 Expedition – a card that apparently came with features that make it “extra durable.”
When it comes to key specifications, the Asus Mining-P106-6G has clock speeds of 1506MHz (base) and 1708MHz (boost); 6GB VRAM; 8000MHz memory clock; and will draw power via a single 6-pin power connector.
Next up is the Colorful GP106-100 WK1/WK2 graphics card. It features 6GB VRAM; 8000MHz memory clock speed; 120W TDP; as well as base and boost clock speeds of 1506MHz and 1708MHz respectively. This graphics card also has a cooler shroud that looks like it’s meant for the gaming market, but actually isn’t.
Finally, we have the MSI GP106-100 Miner and its more powerful brother, the GP104-100 Miner. Not much is known about the former graphics card aside from the fact that it’ll come with a VRAM capacity of 6GB and that it features a black and white coloured cooler shroud.
The latter graphics card, however, is even more interesting. It’s fitted with a Pascal GP104-100 GPU. Nvidia had originally used the GP104 GPU with its GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. This seem to indicate that Nvidia may also be looking to release even more powerful cryptocurrency mining graphics cards as well.
It’s important to note that these graphics cards won’t be equipped with video output ports of any kind and they will also come with only about three months of warranty. That basically means that they aren’t suitable for gaming, obviously. Unfortunately, local pricing and date of availability for all four aforementioned custom mining graphics cards were not stated in the leaks.