The company announced that it will deprive one of its video cards of the ability to display images on the screen. This makes the GPU useless for gamers
AMD is preparing to unveil a new GPU that will be designed for cryptocurrency mining, PC Gamer reports. According to the publication, the system based on the Navi 10 and Navi 12 chips will be able to mine Ethereum. AMD Graphics Driver Update states that the new GPU will be released without VCN and DCN technologies, which will prevent it from streaming video to the display. This makes the graphics card useless for gamers and more efficient for computing.
The Navi 10 and Navi 12 chip lines have 2560 stream processors shared with 40 compute units. Navi 10 is powered by GDDR6 memory while Navi 12 is based on HBM2 memory. Their bandwidth is 448 GB / s and 394 GB / s, respectively.
Despite the growing profitability of mining ETH, Jon Peddie Research recently warned against investing in high-performance GPUs to mine ETH. The firm’s analysts point out that these expensive graphics cards will become useless once Ethereum moves to Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus.