NVIDIA tipped to use its GA100 Ampere GPU in a flagship crypto mining card
Last month, NVIDIA announced that it planned to bring four Crypto Mining Processors (CMP) to market, called the CMP 30HX, CMP 40HX, CMP50HX and the CMP 90HX. However, @kopite7kimi claims that the company has a fifth CMP card in development, and it could prove to be the most attractive to miners. According to the Twitter account, the CMP card in question is one that NVIDIA has based on the A100.
The A100 PCIe arrived a few months ahead of NVIDIA's first RTX 30 series cards, making it its first Ampere-based card. However, it is one that NVIDIA designed for professional workloads. Incidentally, the A100 PCIe is one of the few cards that supports NVLink 3.0, a comparable technology to NVIDIA SLI.
The A100 PCIe uses NVIDIA's GA100-100 GPU, which offers 19.5 TFLOPs (FP32) on a 250 W TGP. The GPU also has 40 GB of HBM2 VRAM at its disposal, giving it a 1,555 GB/s memory bandwidth. It is unclear what mining performance one could expect from a CMP card based on GA100, but the NVIDIA A100 PCIe currently retails for €9,990. Thankfully, any CMP card using GA100 GPUs would not eat into NVIDIA's Ampere supply levels, as the CMP 90HX will with its GA102 GPU.