NVIDIA turned to the Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) series to distract cryptocurrency miners from the Ampere-based GeForce graphics cards. Later it turned out that these CMP GPUs use Turing silicon. Revealed last month, the CMP170HX takes advantage of GA100 silicon powering the expensive A100 data center GPU.

As spotted by Komachi_Ensaka, the high-end CMP170HX mining card has started being sold at a retailer. Vipera, a retailer in Dubai, is reportedly holding 238 units in stock and selling the CMP170HX for $4300.

The GA100 silicon inside the CMP170HX has only 70 activated SMs, which corresponds to 4,480 CUDA cores. The A100 actually carries 108 SMs and 6,912 CUDA cores in its full configuration. The GPU also uses 8GB of HBM2e memory on a 4,096-bit memory interface.

The CMP170HX offers up to 164s of Ethereum mining performance and requires a PCIe 4.0 x4 connection for this performance target. The card has a TDP of 250W and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.

Although we have seen the new mining card before, this is the first time that we have witnessed a retailer selling publicly. A GPU adapted for professional cryptocurrency mining, the CMP170HX comes without video output ports. In a user feedback, it was revealed that the GPU came with a lockable vBIOS.

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