Oy vey, I guess AMD didn’t want to feel left out in regards to NVIDIA producing or rather REproducing old trash specifically for cryptocurrency mining firms at outrageous prices.
AMD has looked to its archives to repackage what once was Navi 12, essentially identical to previous generation Navi 10 GPU which was at the helm of the RX 5700 / XT but since the Navi core contained memory controllers for either GDDR or HBM memory it was highly speculated at one point in time that AMD would release a HBM variant of the RX 5700 / XT.
And they did. Though in typical AMD fashion the hopes and dreams of a HBM variant went up in smoke as AMD released the Radeon Pro 5600M featuring a full 40 CU’s with 8GB of HBM2 memory specifically for Apple MacBook devices, and the Radeon Pro V520 featuring much of the same but with 36 CU’s.
However I’m guessing because such units were a tremendous success for AMD having spread its cheeks for Apple that AMD have decided to repackage and produce the aforementioned Radeon Pro V520 for cryptocurrency mining.
Introducing the AMD BC-160, featuring 8GB of HBM2 memory across a 2048-bit memory interface it’s capable of achieving 69 MH/s with a 150W TGP.
Compared to a standard Radeon RX 5700 which shares identical specifications minus the incorporation of 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory, generally the Navi 10 part is able to achieve anywhere from 50-59 MH/s stock to BIOS tuned depending on whether the card contains Samsung or Micron GDDR6 memory, so right off the bat in a stock state the BC-160 provides a bump as large as 38% in overall hash rate thanks to the vastly superior memory bandwidth.
69 MH/s is actually higher than that of the Radeon RX 6800 / XT is capable of achieving as well. Making the BC (Blockchain Compute) 160 the next best thing to mine Ethereum on the AMD side of things following the Radeon VII which is capable of as much as 100 MH/s thanks to its 16GB of HBM2 memory across a 4096-bit memory interface providing 1TB/s effective memory bandwidth.
Much like how NVIDIA has been repackaging old Turing trash as the CMP HX series, it’s all dependent on the AIB partner to take any actual orders because so far currently only XFX, one of AMD’s first party partners have taken the pledge with the BC-160.
Since AMD is supplying… or rather resupplying Navi 12 to AIB partners such as XFX for the BC-160, it is but one of a gorillion other products tapped out on TSMC’s 7nm process meaning yet more strain on 7nm allocation of which it goes without saying Microsoft and Sony’s gay little consoles dominate AMD’s attention at this point in time.
Right now however the BC-160 is generally only available in China which is quite hilarious considering the imposed restrictions and outright ban against cryptocurrency mining and cryptocurrencies as a whole, probably why you can actually purchase a AMD BC-160 for yourself on AliExpress for the low price of $1999 as I’m sure it will eventually be distributed properly across other prolific regions such as Pakistan or UAE (((merchants))).