Vietnamese retailer shows off multiple cryptocurrency mining rigs powered by Nvidia's enterprise-grade RTX A4000s ↺
Over the years, images depicting swathes of graphics cards toiling away in mining rigs have shown up online. Quite often, it was high-end gaming hardware that suffered the fate. With not a lot of those going around anymore, miners are using pretty much anything with an iota of processing power, as exhibited by a Vietnamese retailer (via @I_Leak_VN on Twitter).
The PC parts retailer, notorious for selling entire batches of GPUs to miners, has now shifted focus to workstation-grade hardware from Nvidia, particularly the RTX A4000. Neither of the RTX A series GPUs have Nvidia's Ethereum hash rate limiter built into it, allowing miners to take full advantage of their processing power before Ethereum's eventual transition to a proof-of-stake model.
Enterprise hardware is rated for continuous use, making it ideal for mining operations as they consume slightly less power than their GeForce equivalent and cost about the same. On average, one can easily eke out 60 MH/s out of one GPU. The seller in question is prepping rigs with eight RTX A4000s, allowing for a total hash rate of 480 MH/s.
While it is frustrating to see perfectly good GPUs get defenestrated by miners, it is better for gamers if workstation-grade hardware gets thrown into the meat grinder. GPU prices have been dropping steadily, and that trend will continue if miners don't scoop them up by the truckload. On the other hand, scalpers and bots are a scourge that will continue to plague the market.