The venerable Nvidia GTX 1060 appears prefer it is perhaps making a return to the GPU crypto-mining coal-face, with Palit at the moment registering a complete bunch of latest P106 playing cards with the Eurasian Economics Fee. The unique Nvidia P106 playing cards have been launched on the top of the mining increase occasions in 2017.
They have been purely designed for mining Etherium utilizing the identical Pascal-based GPU that powered the immensely well-liked GTX 1060—the GP106 GPU.
Appears like Palit might need tracked the GP106 all the way down to the farm that the aged mercenary disappeared off to again within the haze of 2018, bringing it out of retirement once more for one final massive job. I can see a grizzled, cigar-chewing GPU being dropped right into a mining rig, growling “I am getting too outdated for this shit…”
The unique Palit P106 playing cards had barely totally different product codes, with these newly registered variations sporting the same designation to the GTX 16-series playing cards. Although I doubt these might be up to date to make use of the TU116 GPU, in any other case we would be seeing the P116 itemizing as a substitute.
Again over the past massive cryptocurrency mining craze each AMD and Nvidia responded to the then-unprecedented demand by massively upping its GPU manufacturing, although when the underside fell out of the market second-hand playing cards began flooding the market. That meant no-one needed to purchase new playing cards, which left each the inexperienced and crimson groups—and their graphics card companions—with an enormous quantity of extra inventory sitting in warehouses throughout the globe.
That was one of many massive causes Nvidia’s Turing era took so lengthy to get launched, and why you may nonetheless purchase AMD RX 570 graphics playing cards at the moment.
However the P106 GPUs have been successfully dumb GTX 1060 playing cards with the outputs lopped off as they weren’t designed to plug into shows. That made them ineffective for something aside from mining, and gave them no resale worth with out crypto as a going concern.
Nvidia has itself introduced it is releasing particular CMP cards particularly for GPU mining, as a solution to take the strain off the GeForce market, and that these GPUs are a combination and match of 1 Ampere chip on the excessive finish and a bunch of older Turing silicon making up the majority of the Nvidia CMP lineup.
The P106 GPUs aren’t unhealthy Etherium mining playing cards should you bunch them up, in spite of everything. The bottom of Nvidia’s Turing-powered CMP playing cards is available in with a hashrate of 26MH/s whereas the P106 holds its personal with a listed hashrate of round 24MH/s.
So, it is potential that inspired Palit to mud off a warehouse stuffed with unsold P106 playing cards and attempt to capitalise on the scarcity with a bunch of low-cost GPUs.
It’s value noting, nevertheless, that EEC listings, particularly from Palit, have the potential to be extra speculative than concrete by way of playing cards that can really hit the cabinets. The EEC doc lists 12 totally different product codes, whereas, so far as I do know, the corporate solely launched a single P106 card again within the day.
Although it’s a highly effective potential trace that Palit is bringing a P106 card out of retirement, and the very fact the P106 is even being talked about in any respect makes me assume a rerelease is coming, it is nonetheless in no way a useless cert.