Every Shekel Counts – Some NVIDIA “CMP HX” Dedicated Mining Cards Are Actually Based on Turing – GeForce GTX 1660 Super & RTX 2060 Super Reproduced and Repurposed

Space Invaders are making a comeback, and not in the way that you would’ve expected.

As you may recall NVIDIA announced its very own dedicated mining hardware as a means of enticing cryptocurrency mining firms and large scale miners into buying trash silicon to make extra money.

Amidst reports of NVIDIA recycling the RTX 2060 and 2060 Super alongside reproducing four year old hardware in the form of the GTX 1050 Ti and revealing that the RTX 3060 will be the first Ampere graphics card to receive a nerf to its cryptocurrency mining performance NVIDIA also revealed their CMP or “Cryptocurrency Mining Processors” with their HX series.

And at the time many concluded they were just salvaged dies from Ampere’s production, effectively NVIDIA selling high profit targets defective trash for additional gain but it appears to be far worse than that.

Discovered by Videocardz it certainly would appear that when digging deeper within the latest GeForce Game Ready Drivers, version 461.72 which is the launch driver for the brand new RTX 3060 (or perhaps 3050, as its woeful performance would otherwise dictate) actually shows that the CMP 30HX and 40HX are actually based on previous generation Turing graphics cards instead.

We know currently that the CMP 30HX and 40HX will be made available during Q1 while the 50HX and 90HX won’t be released until the second quarter.

However upon viewing the device IDs within the NVIDIA 461.72 GeForce drivers it’s clear as day that the aforementioned CMP 30HX and 40HX are based on previous generation Turing cores.

More specifically it would seem that the 30HX is actually based on the TU116 core and that the 40HX is based on TU106 silicon.

Granted when we compare the specifics we know between those two particular CMP’s relative to Turing based graphics cards such as the GTX 1660Ti and the RTX 2060 Super / 2070

For instance the CMP 30HX features just 6GB of VRAM and provides a hash rate of just 26 MH/s advertised from a single 8-pin power connector with a TDP rating of just 125W.

Now these sort of specifications match identically to the GeForce GTX 1660 Super which otherwise has identical hardware with a matching TDP value of just 125W, and of course upon browsing the internet one would discover that the GTX 1660 Super provides a hash rate of 26 MH/s or thereabouts.

So what does this make the 30HX then? Are NVIDIA perhaps reproducing TU116 to “alleviate stress” from PC gamers by giving miners a shit graphics card that’s equally shit at mining at a premium to fill their pockets or perhaps have NVIDIA taken excess stock of the 1660 Super and repurposed them for the very same task.

Who fucking knows.

And the same shit arises with the CMP 40HX as well as that’s based on TU106 silicon but could it be a 2060 Super or is it more of an RTX 2070? Well granted that it’s advertised as being able to produce just 36 MH/s with 8GB of VRAM with a rated TDP of 185W from a single 8-pin power connector the answer is a confusing one as both the 2060 Super and RTX 2070 feature otherwise identical specifications listed from NVIDIA’s CMP lineup and both graphics cards are only capable of providing 36 MH/s.

Though considering the rumors that NVIDIA were going to reproduce the 2060 and the 2060 Super my money is on the CMP 40HX being the RTX 2060 Super as it’s obviously more beneficial when it comes to production over an RTX 2070 with more CUDA cores and the like and it also means a higher profit margin for NVIDIA when they then turn around and sell shit mining equipment to mining firms for top dollar prices.

So there’s your “reproduced” RTX 2060 Super folks, what could’ve would’ve should’ve benefited PC gamers because it’s faster than the brand new RTX 3060 and if reproduced easily could’ve been much more affordable than the $450+ RTX 3060’s found on store shelves and would be vastly faster too in actual games. But instead Jensen wants to package Turing based componentry which are fucking garbage for mining as even everything up to and including the RTX 2080 Super are simply shit at the task at hand.

NVIDIA have begun reproducing older generation Turing componentry which are absolutely rubbish at cryptocurrency mining when compared to Ampere or RDNA 1 graphics cards to sell onto miners for maximum profit, this in no way shape or form actually alleviates the strain on the current market considering miners will continue to buy up what little supply remains on retail RTX 3000 GPU’s which are vastly superior.

While we’re going to have to wait a couple of months before we actually see what really lies beneath the CMP 50HX and 90HX my bets wedge on the 50HX being based on the RTX 2080 Super (TU104) which as I’m sure you may know only comes with 8GB of VRAM instead of the listed 10GB shown by NVIDIA.

However the 2080S is capable of a hash rate just below the advertised 45 MH/s with it on average producing just 43 and with a slightly larger memory buffer at 10GB I’m sure they’d be able to get it over the line especially considering the 2080 Super also comes with a TDP value of 250W, it can’t possibly be anything based on Ampere as even the 3060 Ti walks away from even a 2080Ti (60 vs 50 MH/s) so if there has to be a perfect placement for the 50HX I’m almost certain that it would be based on the 2080 Super.

Though the 90HX remains a mystery as it provides 86 MH/s which is vastly superior to anything Turing based, even the Titan RTX for that matter. But also coming with just 10GB of VRAM with a rated TDP value of 320W it’s quite unclear exactly what Ampere based component it’s based from off however it would lean more so towards an RTX 3080 at stock, though it must be noted that when appropriately tuned the RTX 3080 is more than capable of providing well over 90 MH/s.

Personally I believe NVIDIA’s CMP HX series to be a token gesture to gamers while NVIDIA line their pockets up with shekels as they attempt to reproduce and repurpose ill-equipped hardware to sell onto their biggest profitable consumers.