Asus could create a crypto-mining graphics card … with RGB lighting?
Asus is set to release a new cryptomining graphics card, the Asus CMP 30HX in May 2021, and it appears to be a modified version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super GPU. This closely follows Gigabyte’s announcement of its own cryptomining GPU, which was also based on the same Nvidia hardware.
While this mining GPU generally can’t be used for gaming purposes – given that it doesn’t have a display output – it does have a feature that other mining boards don’t: lighting RGB. Maybe Asus is looking to exploit the more aesthetic miners who want to show off their mining rigs?
The Asus CMP 30HX is rumored to be launched at $ 799 (around £ 599 / AU $ 1,099). It’s more expensive than the RTX 3080 launched at, and has worse specs to boot. So, this begs the question: who is Asus’ cryptomining card for?
Deep in the mines
The obvious answer is that Nvidia’s RTX 30 series of GPUs are still extremely difficult to buy, especially at the recommended retail price. If you’re looking to get an RTX 3080, you could end up spending way more than a big one on a spare card – not the most exciting proposition for gamers and miners.
This price of $ 799 for the Asus CMP 30HX may therefore seem affordable by comparison. By injecting dedicated cryptomining GPUs into the market, companies like Nvidia are looking to unlock the availability of gaming GPUs like the RTX 3080. However, when less powerful mining GPUs are sold at such high prices, does anyone? is one really going to bite?
In the case of the Asus CMP 30HX, the price doesn’t necessarily give you a powerful mining GPU either. The hash rate of the card is 26MH / s, which is actually lower than much cheaper and more available cards like the GTX 1070 Ti and AMD’s Radeon RX 480.
However, we don’t underestimate the value that a card like the Asus CMP 30HX could have. As mentioned above, the board has RGB lighting, which may seem like a throwaway feature, but there is a community of users in the cryptomining space that prides itself on having aesthetically pleasing mining rigs, so maybe this is where the high price comes in?
For most cryptominers, however, maximizing profits comes first, and buying a more expensive GPU would reduce those profits. The allure of RGB lighting may not be enough to make them pay more, then.
That could mean Asus could release a graphics card that no one will like – quite a feat in 2021.