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$ 5,000 Nvidia graphics card with no video outputs or DirectX support. A detailed review of the CMP 170HX has appeared


The Nvidia CMP 170HX is a unique graphics card, and today we have the opportunity to take a look at its full review.

Recall that the CMP 170HX is a specialized video card for mining. Only, unlike other adapters in the line, this one is based on a GPU that is not intended for the consumer market.

$ 5,000 Nvidia graphics card with no video outputs or DirectX support.  A detailed review of the CMP 170HX has appeared

The heart is a huge GPU GA100, but in the case of the CMP 170HX, it seems that partially defective chips are used. Firstly, there are only 4480 active CUDA cores (out of 8192), and secondly, there is only 8 GB of memory against 40 or 80 GB of Nvidia A100 accelerators. But this is HBM2e memory with a bandwidth of 1.5 TB / s! As a result, Ethereum mining performance exceeds 160 MH / s.

We can learn some very interesting things from the review. For example, the GPU along with the memory is covered with a giant heat-distribution cover. Perhaps the largest among video cards. And the CMP 170HX is not only devoid of any video outputs, but in general is not technically capable of running games or even speeding up any calculations, since there is no DirectX or Vulkan API support and CUDA-enabled computations do not work. In Windows, the card is defined as an RTX 3090, and it is allegedly even loaded by the system, but it is not clear what exactly, since applications cannot use the accelerator.

It remains to add that such a card costs about $ 5,000.

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