XFX outs the Navi 12-based BC-160 mining card for US$2000: 2304 shader cores and 4GB of HBM2 deliver up to 70 MH/s in Ethereum
According to a report by 3Dnews.ru, XFX has launched a US$2000 mining-focused RDNA card, the BC-160, for the Chinese market. The BC-160 is built on the Navi 12 GPU and features 2304 RDNA shader cores, alongside 8GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory. The headless card delivers a hashrate of up to 70 MH/s, more than what the RDNA2 Radeon RX 6800 XT offers.
The card features a blower-type fan and a fairly reasonable 150W TDP. While the official pricing of US$2000 might raise eyebrows, it's not that far from what RDNA2 flagships are currently selling for, thanks to the global silicon shortage. The XFX BC-160 is a bit over twice the price of Sapphire's GPRO X080, but offers significantly better power efficiency: the stock X080 offers roughly 38 MH/s at a 165W TDP, while the BC-160 delivers roughly twice the hashrate with lower power consumption, largely thanks to its HBM2 memory configuration.
While the BC-160 is based on older 1st gen RDNA hardware, it's still a 7nm card, meaning it diverts capacity away from consumer-oriented 7nm RDNA2 parts like the Radeon RX 6800 XT. For miners, though, the decent pricing (at least compared to inflated market rates for cards like the GeForce RTX 3080) and power efficiency could make for a great option.
Check out the Radeon RX 6800 XT here on Amazon.