Zotac, Manli and Biostar get on the dedicated mining cards bandwagon
You might have noticed there's a shortage of mid-range graphics cards at the moment. This problem occurred when the cryptocurrency mining enthusiasts dried up the majority of AMD RX 470/570 and 480/580 plus the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060/1070 graphics card stocks. Last week, graphics card integrators, such as Asus and Sapphire, announced their dedicated mining cards based on the extremely sought-after GPUs in an attempt to appease the OEMs and gamers who had already grown impatient from the ubiquitous graphics card shortage. Now, even more manufacturers want a piece of this cryptocurrency mining craze, as Manli, Zotac and Biostar announce their new dedicated mining cards.
Manli, the Asia PC-Partner sub-brand, equipped all its mining cards with Nvidia’s GTX 1060 GPU. There are two models – the P106-100 (F336G) and the P106-100 (F347G) – which feature reference GTX 1060 clocks and 6GB GDDR VRAM, but lack the HDMI ports. Manli also offers a GPU Mining System (M-P1061008-N) that features 8 pre-installed passively-cooled P106-100 cards and an optional 1600W power supply. The mining rig is powered by a mobile Intel Celeron CPU coupled with a 4GB DDR3 memory module. Windows 10 comes preinstalled on a 64GB mSATA SSD, while the motherboard is a custom model with 9 PCIe X16 slots and 7 12V 6pin connectors. The enclosure also includes 10 9cm 4500rpm fans, an HDMI port, a gigabit RJ45 port and 2 USB2.0 connectors.
Zotac is the American PC-Partner sub-brand, and this quickly becomes apparent when inspecting their mining card that features the same custom cooling system as the one found on the Manli models. The Zotac P106-100 model is reference clocked and even features display connectors, but according to the integrator’s page, these are not connected to the GPU.
Biostar decided to stick to the AMD solutions and their VA47D5RV42 mining card features the China-exclusive Radeon RX 470D GPU, which is a cut-down Polaris 10 configuration that has 1792 stream processors and comes equipped with 4GB VRAM clocked at 7 GHz.